A Mil­i­tary Af­fair

Forward Magazine - - News - with Masha Leon For Masha Leon’s com­plete cov­er­age of this event and of a Yid­dish per­for­mance of “Wait­ing for Godot,” visit www.for­ward. com/sec­tions/on-the-go

It was gold braids, medals, mil­i­tary dress and evening gowns at the Oc­to­ber 5 Sol­diers,’ Sailors,’ Marines,’ Coast Guard and Air­men’s Club’s 16th an­nual mil­i­tary ball at The Pierre. David H. Pe­traeus, a re­tired U.S. Army gen­eral, re­ceived the Ser­vice to the Na­tion Award at the ball.

Also hon­ored were James Amos, com­man­dant of the United States Marine Corps, who re­ceived the Dis­tin­guished Mil­i­tary Lead­er­ship Award; New York Post ed­i­to­rial page ed­i­tor Robert McManus, who re­ceived the Dis­tin­guished Me­dia Achieve­ment Award, and Mitzi Per­due, ed­i­tor-at-large of GEN, a ge­netic engi­neer­ing and biotech­nol­ogy pub­li­ca­tion. Per­due also re­ceived the Ser­vice to the Na­tion Award. The event was or­ga­nized by the 30-per­son-plus ball com­mit­tee, which in­cluded Judy Kuri­an­sky, Hadas­sah Loeb and Ber­tie Lowen­stein, plus a ros­ter of more than 100 chair­men, in­clud­ing Jonathan Farkas, Howard Ruben­stein, Robert Mor­gen­thau, John Cat­si­ma­tidis and their re­spec­tive spouses. SSMAC Chair­man and CEO

Ivan Obolen­sky wel­comed the 400 guests: “We are blessed to cel­e­brate the 16th an­niver­sary of this evening and the 93rd year of this or­ga­ni­za­tion. Tonight we are in a room of heroes, heroes of Amer­ica, and we are pleased that you can join us this evening. In the din­ner jour­nal’s let­ter, Obolen­sky wrote: “How proud we all are this mem­o­rable night to hail and salute... the un­par­al­leled United States Marine Corps.... Each and ev­ery one com­mit­ted to pro­tect us from those who have sworn to do us harm.”

KAREN LEON

Dec­o­rated: David Pe­traeus stands with Ivan Obolen­sky.

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