ABOUT THE GOT HEART GIVE HOPE AWARDS

Hope For The Warriors Got Heart Give Hope Awards are an intimate, black-tie aff­air honoring members of our nation’s Armed Forces and their families with the Vigiano Family Hope and Courage Award, named in honor of the Vigiano Family, who lost both their sons in the September 11th attacks.

Hope For The Warriors brings together its veteran and civilian supporters to celebrate the strength and resiliency of the military community. It’s a night filled with inspiring and uplifting stories that raise awareness of the impactful work Hope For The Warriors is doing across the country. Senior military, distinguished guests, corporate benefactors, and friends join together to celebrate this very special evening.

Save the date for HOPE’s Got Heart Give Hope Awards Ceremony events, October 15th and 16th, at MGM National Harbor Hotel in Washington, DC.

Wednesday, October 16

Got Heart Give Hope Awards Ceremony
Grand Ballroom, MGM National Harbor
Dinner Reception: 6pm
Awards Ceremony: 8pm
Attire: Black Tie Optional, Military Equivalent

Additional Events

Tuesday, October 15
Welcome Dinner
Osteria Costa, MGM National Harbor, 6pm
Meet and Greet, Dinner,  and Silent Auction
Attire: Casual

For more information about the event and to learn how you or your organization can partner with HOPE in support of the awards and your mission, please contact Leslie Hunt lhunt@hopeforthewarriors.org.

In 2010, Hope For The Warriors established their annual Awards to commemorate our combat wounded service members, veterans, their families, and the families of the fallen. These Awards focus on the hope these men and women inspire through their remarkable stories of recovery and achievement. Now, with our 13th annual Got Heart Give Hope Awards and The Vigiano Family Hope & Courage Awards, we continue the tradition of honoring outstanding examples of selfless acts of service.

Got Heart, Give Hope Logo
That same inaugural year, STUDIOetc generously donated their time to create the beautiful Got Heart Give Hope logo. STUDIOetc brilliantly illustrates the Hope For The Warriors mission and depicts our dedication to the individual, the family, and the community – also portraying Purple Heart recipients and wounded service members. It incorporates the ribbon, a traditional symbol of support, and the heart, which evokes the Got Heart Give Hope theme for the evening.

Since 2010, the Vigiano Family Hope & Courage Awards have been presented to service members and military families who have demonstrated both hope and courage in the face of extraordinary circumstances. Each honoree is an outstanding example of service to our nation.

On September 11, 2014, Hope For The Warriors announced that the award would be named in honor of a very special family.  Captain John Vigiano, Sr. retired FDNY, and his wife Jan, gave both of their sons on 9/11-one who served as a fire fighter and the other as a police officer in New York City.  The Vigiano family has long served their country and their community.  John served five years in the Marine Corps and then 36 years in the FDNY, becoming one of the most highly decorated fire fighters in NYC.  After the tragedy of 9/11, the family continues to serve by supporting service members and military families.  John visited troops in Iraq to personally thank them for their courage and sat at their bedside in medical centers to encourage their recovery.  John joined Hope For The Warriors as an Honorary Board Member in 2006 and Jan continues to shine with strength and wisdom for her family.

Hope For The Warriors’ success — providing over 12,000 services to the warrior community each year — is not possible without our volunteers and partners in mission. For the first time this year, in celebration of our 10th awards and embracing the spirit of John Vigiano’s legacy, we’ve introduced the following awards to highlight individuals, corporations and organizations who have stood beside us since the early days and continue to stand with us. Just like John Vigiano, each of these recipients understand serving our country’s veteran and military population is a community commitment. It’s a constant reminder of a resilient spirit who rose above unthinkable tragedy with a simple goal of helping others.

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD FOR CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP
Presented to a group who not only highlights the benefits of veterans in the workplace but leads by example in enriching the lives of military families, both active duty and retired.

GARY SINISE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Given to an individual who puts his or her patriotism in action to serve military families and raise awareness of the needs of the military community.

HARRY BRIDGWOOD LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD
Awarded to a Vietnam-era veteran who has committed his or her life to serving the next generations of the warrior community.

THE KIRBY DISTINGUISHED SERVICE PAW AWARD
The Kirby Distinguished Service Paw Award is bestowed upon service animals whose unwavering dedication and profound impact significantly enhance and save the lives of veterans. Our award was established to highlight the extraordinary contributions of service dogs like Kirby, whose steadfast companionship, empathy, and support serve as a beacon of hope and healing for those who have bravely served our nation.

Past Awards:

PARTNER IN HOPE AWARD
Presented to longtime strategic partner of HOPE. It takes a village to properly serve those who have served our country, and mutual trust and friendship are keys to successful, meaningful impact.

COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD
Presented to group of individuals who not only define community but also have a shared commitment to uplifting the warrior community in their area.

VETERAN IMPACT AWARD
Awarded to a company where veterans are valued as part of company culture, both as employees and as significant contributors to the community.

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2023 Got Heart Give Hope Award Recipients

Guest of Honor Speech

Shaina Purser

Loren Dorshow

U.S. Navy CDR Teddy Tan

U.S. Army MSgt. Ray Soto

Kyle Mitchin

Admiral Michael Mullen

Got Heart Give Hope Awards Press Releases

Hope For The Warriors honors veterans, military family members, businesses and organizations at 13th Annual Got Heart Give Hope Awards

(Left to right): Laura Tan, U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. Navy CDR Teddy Tan, U.S. Marine Col. Barney Barnum and Hope For The Warriors Co-founder and CEO Robin Kelleher. For more photos, visit: https://bit.ly/45Zazs6 SPRINGFIELD, Va. (October 31, 2023) –Hope For The Warriors recently hosted its 13th Annual Got Heart Give Hope Awards at Union Station in Washington, D.C….

San Antonio resident U.S. Army Master Sgt. Raymundo Soto honored with Vigiano Family Hope and Courage Award

Soto’s Vigiano Family Hope and Courage Award video: https://youtu.be/nEunQSywu5s SPRINGFIELD, Va. (October 31, 2023) – San Antonio, Texas, resident U.S. Army Master Sgt. Raymundo (Ray) Soto was recently named a recipient of the Vigiano Family Hope and Courage award at the Hope For The Warriors Got Heart, Give Hope Awards. Soto was one of three Vigiano Family Hope…

St. Louis Park’s Car Donation Foundation honored with Hope For The Warriors Chairman’s Award for Corporate Citizenship

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (October 31, 2023) – St. Louis Park-based Car Donation Foundation was recently named a recipient of the Chairman’s Award for Corporate Citizenship at the Hope For The Warriors Got Heart, Give Hope Awards. Presented by U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal and U.S. Marine Col. Barney Barnum. Loren Dorshow accepted the Chairman’s Award for Corporate Citizenship…

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Mullen honored with Hope For The Warriors Harry Bridgwood Lifetime Services Award

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (October 31, 2023) – Annapolis resident and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael G. Mullen was recently named the recipient of the Harry Bridgwood Lifetime Services Award at the annual Hope For The Warriors Got Heart, Give Hope Awards. Presented by U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal…

Fort Worth resident Shaina Purser honored with Vigiano Family Hope and Courage Award

Purser’s Vigiano Family Hope and Courage Award video: https://youtu.be/1nEsYnh2nzM SPRINGFIELD, Va. (October 31, 2023) – Fort Worth, Texas resident Shaina Purser was recently named a recipient of the Vigiano Family Hope and Courage Award at the Hope For The Warriors Got Heart, Give Hope Awards. Purser was one of three Vigiano Family Hope and Courage Award winners, presented…

Ellicott City resident U.S. Navy CDR Teddy Tan honored with Vigiano Family Hope and Courage Award

Tan’s Vigiano Family Hope and Courage Award video: https://youtu.be/4OW0-NCOe24 SPRINGFIELD, Va. (October 31, 2023) – Ellicott City, Maryland resident retired U.S. Navy CDR Teddy Tan was recently named a recipient of the Vigiano Family Hope and Courage Award at the Hope For The Warriors Got Heart, Give Hope Awards. Tan was one of three Vigiano Family Hope and…