Western PA All Service Academies Ball

Twentieth  Annual  Western  Pennsylvania
All  Service  Academies  Ball

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Thank you to everyone Who made this year's ball a success



The All Service Academies Ball is held annually to formally recognize and honor the choice made by young Cadets and Midshipmen from western Pennsylvania as they embark on careers serving and protecting our country by attending one of the 5 U.S. Service Academies.  These academies develop future leaders for our armed forces. Many of these young men and women go on to serve their country as leaders in all elements of our society. Particularly when America is at war, it is gratifying to meet these talented young people who have accepted the difficult challenges of our service academies.

This year's annual Western Pennsylvania All Service Academies Ball is Thursday, December 27, 2018, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh - Cranberry, 910 Sheraton Drive, Mars, Pennsylvania 16046. The United States Military Academy is the host academy. The cadets and midshipmen are guests of the event with complimentary meals and dancing.


This year's BalL marks the 20th year of the Western Pennsylvania All Academies Ball and also marks 216 years since graduation of the first cadet from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1802.


Registration from 5:30 - 6:30

Dinner served promptly at 7:00

activities include:

  • Casino Games

  • Silent Auction

  • Dancing Until Midnight with D.J.

Dress Code

Cadets and Midshipmen: Mess Dress or best uniform available. Ladies may change into evening wear after Grand March.
Active or retired military: Mess Dress or best uniform preferred but not mandatory.
General public: Black Tie optional.


Guest of Honor

To Be Announced


Guest Speaker

Mr. Ken Carlson, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and U.S. Army Airborne School and Ranger School. Mr. Carlson served with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam as an artillery battery commander and artillery liaison officer to a 7th Cavalry Battalion, and participated in the invasion of Cambodia. During his service in the U.S. Army, Mr. Carlson received a number of Military awards, including the Bronze Star for valor with oak leaf cluster for meritorious service and the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. Following military service, Mr. Carlson joined the FBI as a Special Agent and served for 26 years, retiring from the Pittsburgh Field Office as Supervisor of the Violent Crimes Program. Following his retirement from the FBI, Mr. Carlson worked as a contract employee for the CIA for 15 years and taught as an adjunct professors at Geneva College for five years in the Masters of Organizational Leadership Program. Now retired, Mr. Carlson lives in Mars, PA with his wife Carol.



Each year the All Service Academies raises and donates funds to selected non-profit organizations which have a direct and significant impact on the half-million veterans and their familiies living in Western Pennsylvania.  This year two deserving organizations, listed below, have been selected to receive support from our fundraising efforts.  Please take a moment to learn more about the charities which will benefit from this year's fund raising efforts, and please consider a contribution, whether you are able to attend the Ball or not.

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Defenders of Freedom

Defenders of Freedom is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to supporting Veterans of post-9/11 with life and career mentoring, job search assistance, assistance with living expenses, and general transitioning to the civilian sector.free services to active and retired military personnel and their families. 


Veterans Breakfast Club

The Veterans Breakfast Club is a 501c3 non-profit organization that creates communities of listening around veterans and their stories to ensure that this living history is never fototten.  They aim to educate, heal and inspire while raising awareness of the veteran experience.

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You can make a donation in one of two ways:

  1. You have an opportunity to make a donation when you purchase your tickets by clicking on the Ticket Purchase and Meal Selection button above.  Your donation will be charged to your credit card.
  2. Click to open the Donation Form, complete the form and submit to the address provided.

All donations are gratefully accepted and go toward a worthy cause.



Our Supporters

Commander In Chief Sponsors


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors






MIke Kelly


Friends of the Academy


Bobby Rahal

Automotive Group

The Drake Family

Dara & Larry Campoli

John F. Slater

Funeral Home


Janine & Warner Macklin III

Ag Choice

Farm Credit Union

Rodney & Ellen Skirpan

Grady & Carol Gaspar


The Schumacher Family

The Dodson Family

The Slezak Family

The Popko Family


The Yocca Family

Sally Hurley

Diane Rundle

Tom & Cathy Goehring