Blue Star Families 2017 Honors Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

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 CNN Anchor Brooke Baldwin at Blue Star Families Event. Photo taken by Kang Hu 

As a strong supporter of veterans and of military families, I had both the honor and privilege of attending the Seventh Annual Blue Star Neighbors Celebration on March 22, 2017, held at the United States  Chamber of Commerce Building in the White House’s backyard.

The Blue Star Neighbors Celebration is an annual celebration that highlights the kindness of military supporters across the United States. Neighbors, friends, and family members, and embrace military families while their loved ones are oversees defending this great country!

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Taken by Kang Hu of PIXofDC

This star-studded event was emceed by CNN Anchor Brooke Baldwin, whom shared her great love for the men and women who serve the United States, and spotlighted Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who was honored with the Blue Star Families Lifetime Achievement Award for her support of military families and her advocacy of  civilian caregivers.

Other VIP guests included Charlie Bolden, former astronaut; Ellyn Dunford, Spouse of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-General Joseph Dunford; Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandment of the Coast Guard; and General Paul J. Selva, Vice Chair of the Joint Chief of Staff.

Aside from Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter winning top honors, Blue Star Families recognized civilians Judy and Ken Osborne for going above and beyond for Ashley Burnett, wife of U.S Army Captain Chase Burnett. According to Burnett, being a military spouse is “extremely difficult”, especially with two young children, a full time job and a nine month deployment. “Ken and Judy have made the seemingly impossible possible.”

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Photo taken by Kang Hu of PIXofDC

Guests  at the event had the privilege of roaming palatial rooms,  socializing with government and military influencers; and with dining on delectable goodies created by some of DC’s finest chefs.

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Photo taken by Kang Hu, of PIXofDC

Celebrated chefs such as Cathal Armstrong (Restaurant Eve) – Chris Clime (PassionFish),David Guas (Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery) , Todd Gray (Equinox) , Joe Palma (Bourbon Steak), Robert Wiedmaier (Marcel’s)  and Mixologist Todd Thrasher (Bar PX) whipped up poke, soup shooters, and other magical goodies.

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Taken by Kang Hu of PIXofDC

I am not ashamed to admit that I heavily fan-girled when I met Todd Thrasher. Bar PX is a well known speakeasy in NoVa and he’s renown for his concoctions. I, like, fell in love instantly with what he made that night.

I  also knew I was eating for a great cause! Help Our Heroes partnered up with this celebration to  pair military chefs with notable DC chefs as a way of bridging both military and civilian life.

Oh what a night!

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families strengthen military families every day. Through career development, care giving, and our leading research on military family life, The organization is striving to better understand and provide solutions to the challenges facing today’s military families.

Ever since April  2009, when  a group of military spouses got together in the hopes of making a difference in the lives of military families, a platform was created where military family members could join forces with the general public and their communities to address the challenges of military life.

Today,  Blue Star Families has grown from a few military spouses around a kitchen table to more than 150,000 members and over 35 communities and chapters around the globe. Our programs and services reach more than 1.5 million military families every year.