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 FIVE U.S. Service Academies, WHICH 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 EXTREMELY gratifying to meet these talented AND DEDICATED young people who ARE COMMITTED TO SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND HAVE accepted the difficult challenges of our service academies.
KEY INFORMATION FOR THE 2019 BALL
DATE: MONDAY, DECEMBER 30,2019
VENUE: DOUBLETREE BY HILTON PITTSBURGH, 910 SHERATON DRIVE, MARS pa
Registration: 5:30 pm - 6:30 PM
Dinner served: 7:00 PM (PROMPTLY)
Dancing Until Midnight with D.J.
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.
MENU: See VENUE section for for meal choices
Brigadier General (BGen) Dave Papak, US Marine Corps (RETIRED), is a native of Monongahela, Pa, and a 1971 graduate of Mon Valley Catholic HS. He was commissioned in the US Marine Corps following graduation from the US Naval Academy in 1976. He also earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California in 1986. BGen. Papak was designated a Naval Aviator and a CH 53 helicopter pilot in 1979. During his 33 years of dedicated and honorable service he has held numerous aviation command and staff assignments, including deployments in support of Operation Desert Storm and the most recent Global War on Terror. After his 2009 Marine Corps retirement, he worked in the corporate world as a senior level sales and business development executive. He now dedicates his energies and time to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and the Travis Manion Foundation as a senior advisor. He serves as a veteran presenter for the Travis Manion Foundation’s “Character Does Matter” Program in addition to assisting with the Pittsburgh area 9/11 Heroes Run.
He and his wife Kate have 3 children and 7 grandchildren and currently reside in Monongahela, PA.
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.
AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINE VETERANS - THREE RIVERS CHAPTER
American Merchant Marines Veterans (AMMV) - Three Rivers Chapter is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization which is committed to assist veterans, their widows and families, in gaining medical and other benefits to which they are entitled. They also undertake other activities to support the Merchant Marines.
It’s ABOUT the warrior foundation
It’s About the Warrior Founday is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization with the Mission to assist and empower ALL post 9/11 veterans and their families from the Tri-State Area, not just wounded or combat veterans, with our financial grant, home improvement, therapeutic, and outreach programs thus, leading them to a successful and enriched life.
TO MAKE A DONATION
You can make a donation in one of two ways:
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.
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.
Commander In Chief Sponsors
Friends of the Academy
The Drake Family
Dara & Larry Campoli
John F. Slater
Janine & Warner Macklin III
Farm Credit Union
Rodney & Ellen Skirpan
Grady & Carol Gaspar
The Schumacher Family
The Dodson Family
The Slezak Family
The Popko Family
The Yocca Family
Tom & Cathy Goehring