Brian Terry Foundation Benefit Dinner
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Congressman Ron Barber, CBS News Investigative Reporter Sharyl Attkisson, Rancher Sue Krentz, State Treasurer Doug Ducey, Attorney General Tom Horne, Congressman Matt Salmon, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, and retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally will be among those attending the Second Annual Brian Terry Foundation Benefit Dinner on September 28 at the J.W. Marriott Star Pass Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona.
This year’s dinner theme is “An Evening Honoring the Courage and Sacrifice of the Men and Women of the U.S. Border Patrol.” The 2013 dinner will be the first time that the Brian Terry Foundation presents the Brian A. Terry Courage Awards. Four awards will be presented.
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will accept the Courage and Heroism in the Community Award, CBS Reporter Sharyl Attkisson will accept the Courage in Journalism and Reporting Award, Rancher Susan Krentz of Douglas, Arizona will receive the Profiles in Courage Award, and the final Brian A. Terry Courage Award will be presented to an outstanding team of U.S. Border Patrol Agents selected by the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson command staff.
The event expects to welcome a large contingent of elected officials from Arizona, both Republicans and Democrats. Brian Terry Foundation Chairman Robert Heyer said, “The issues surrounding border security as well as the safety and welfare of U.S. Border Patrol members goes well beyond political parties. This year’s dinner is about honoring those brave men and women who protect our Nation’s borders and remembering the ultimate sacrifice of those killed in the line of duty.”
Tickets for the dinner event are $150 apiece. There are also sponsored tables available ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 dollars. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Brian Terry Foundation; an IRS recognized 501c3 tax-exempt public charity. The evening’s masters of ceremony will be Fox News correspondent William LaJuenesse and Townhall.com editor and New York Times best-selling author Katie Pavlich.
The Brian Terry Foundation was established to honor the memory of Brian Terry and is dedicated to supporting the families of fallen U.S. Border Patrol agents while also establishing educational scholarships for men and women wishing pursue careers in the field of criminal justice. The Foundation also continues to raise public awareness of border security issues that affect the safety and well-being of U.S. Border Patrol personnel.
Brian Terry was on duty in December of 2010 when members of a heavily armed drug cartel rip-crew near Rio Rico, Arizona, murdered him. Weapons found at the murder scene were subsequently traced to the failed gun trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious conducted by the U.S. Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Last year, the friends and family of Brian Terry organized the First Annual Brian Terry Foundation Benefit Dinner in Tucson. Attended by 300 guests, the event raised more than $100,000 and was co-chaired by Republican Congressman Darrell Issa and Democratic Congressman Ron Barber. This year Congressman Barber will again attend the dinner along with his likely 2014 Republican Congressional opponent Martha McSally. Their attendance highlights the bi-partisan effort meant to recognize and support the men and woman of the U.S. Border Patrol.
Recipients of the inaugural 2013 Brian A. Terry Courage Awards:
Gabrielle Giffords has inspired a nation. Her courageous recovery after an assassination attempt in January 2011 demonstrated her intrepid spirit and determination. Having served in Congress and the Arizona Legislature, she has devoted her life to public service. She continues to do so. Giffords has consistently advocated for a secure border. In Congress she worked to secure passage of the August 2010 bill to fund more Border Patrol agents and surveillance technology for Arizona’s border with Mexico.
Sharyl Attkisson is a Washington DC based correspondent for CBS News since January 1995. She helped bring the tragedy of ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious to a national audience. Her reporting won the CBS Evening News the Radio and Television News Directors Association’s National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Video Investigative Reporting. She has won multiple Emmy awards including one for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her “Gunwalkers: Fast and Furious” story.
Sue Krentz and her late husband, Robert Krentz, grew up in Douglas, Arizona and lived on a ranch that had been in Robert’s family since 1907. In March of 2010, Robert was shot and killed in a remote area of his ranch. No one was ever arrested but it’s believed Krentz was killed by illegal immigrants working for a Mexican drug cartel. Sue Krentz continues to live at the ranch that is her family’s legacy. Despite nearly losing her life when she was struck by a drunk driver months after the murder, she continues to be a strong advocate for border security and a symbol of the indomitable spirit of the Arizona ranching community.
The U.S. Border Patrol Agent selectee will recognize not just one individual, but rather a team of Border Patrol Agents working as part of a special task force composed of agents from the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) and the Rip Crew Targeting Group (RCTG). The RCTG was established in the aftermath of Brian Terry’s murder to better address the threat posed by drug cartel rip crews operating in the remote areas of the Arizona desert and is dedicated to their apprehension and prosecution.
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