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MAY 18, 2022

UNION STATION

Washington, DC
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program

At our annual Tribute to Military Families in Washington, D.C. we honor and celebrate the families that serve our country every day. We recognize the corporate, public policy, and military leaders whose vision and support have been vital to delivering United Through Reading’s mission worldwide for over 30 years to 2.7 million military family members. Join us as we celebrate military families who stay reading ready with United Through Reading every day, no matter the distance.

2022 Advocacy Award

The Honorable Adam Smith (WA-9)

Representative Adam Smith is the U.S. representative for Washington's 9th congressional district and serves as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Chairman Smith has kindly lent his advocacy to United Through Reading, actively participating in our Reading and Resiliency Webinar Series. As a strong proponent of the importance of reading and literacy, Chairman Smith understands the impact of our work on military family readiness.

2022 Special Honoree

Reader's Digest

Founded by World War I veteran DeWitt Wallace, Reader's Digest celebrates their 100th anniversary this year. Since its founding, Reader's Digest has featured thousands of military stories, supported military families, and been relied on by generations of service members for a reminder of home.

Keynote Speakers

The Boblett Family

For the better part of a decade, the Boblett family has been using United Through Reading to stay connected through multiple Navy assignments that took Rex Boblett away from home. Last year the oldest Boblett child, Ryan Boblett, followed in his dad’s footsteps and joined the Navy, shipping off to boot camp far away from his three younger sisters. But just like his dad, Ryan sends United Through Reading storytime recordings home to stay connected and build a lifelong love of reading. 

Special Guest

Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
Gilbert Cisneros

Mr. Gilbert Cisneros was sworn in as the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on August 24, 2021. As the Under Secretary, Mr. Cisneros serves as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Secretary of Defense for force readiness; force management; health affairs; National Guard and Reserve component affairs; education and training; and military and civilian personnel requirements and management, including equal opportunity, morale, welfare, recreation, and quality of life matters. Gilbert is a former military officer, philanthropist, veterans advocate, and Member of Congress with national security experience. He was born and raised, in Southern California.

Master of Ceremonies

Angie Goff, Fox 5 DC

Anchor at FOX 5 DC and host of the "Oh My Goff Show," Angie Goff grew up in an Army family, living between South Korea and the United States. Over her 19-year career, she's covered news in L.A., Iowa, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C. The George Mason University graduate now calls Northern Virginia home where she lives with her husband and three children.

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Mobile Story Stations Launch Partner

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READiness365 Partners

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Literacy Partners

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Connection Partners

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Tribute Partners

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TMF Supporting Partners

Buchanan Design

COL Michael Barbero, USA (Ret.)
& Mrs. Vicki Barbero

GE Aviation

Rebecca and Michael Hall

Holly Strategies

Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation

L3Harris

Liberty Military Housing

Motorola Solutions

The Nora Roberts Foundation

Nordson Corporation Foundation

PGA Tour Charities, Inc.

Brian Roehrkasse & Megan Gerking

Joan Shalikashvilli

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Support United Through Reading

Interested in supporting Tribute to Military Families? Download our Investment Packet for opportunities
to support United Through Reading and Tribute to Military Families,
or contact events@utr.org for more information.

Past Tribute to Military Families Photos

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Together, with your support, we can bring more video-recorded stories home to military children keeping military families connected and resilient while bolstering critical literacy skills for emotionally and academically vulnerable military children!

For more information, email events@utr.org, or call 252-412-8671.

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