AVB Press & Media Release

Release Date: April 8th, 2021
Media Contact: Ozzy Ramos
Phone: (540) 288-7100
Email: oramos@americanveteransball.org
Website: https://americanveteransball.org

  • Who: American Veterans Ball (AVB)
  • What: Where PASSION meets PURPOSE – The “ONLY” ALL Armed Forces Service Ball in the Country
  • When: Friday May 20th, 2022
  • Where: Grand Ballroom MGM Hotel & Casino National Harbor, MD
  • Why: To provide veterans of “ALL” the Armed Forces with the opportunity to participate in a customary annual comradeship event comparable to those performed by our active service components and to continue serving in a different capacity.
  • General Admission & Ticket Price Range: $100-$150
  • Sponsorships: Small Business STARS & Corporate STRIPES Sponsors Range:($2,500 – $5,000 – $10K – $25K)

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA–MARYLAND–VIRGINIA (DMV) and neighboring States–The Fifth Annual Salute to American Veterans Ball (AVB-2022) to be held at the MGM –HOTEL & CASINO NATIONAL HARBOR, MD, 101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, MD 20745 on Friday May 20th, 2022 in recognition of Armed Forces Service Day. VIP Reception commences at 5:30pm -Doors for General Public open at 6:00pm: Official Ceremony begins at 7pm. The idea for the ball was embedded as Chief Warrant Officer 3, Ozzy Ramos, USMC (Retired)was enjoying a free veteran’s meal with other fellow veterans on Veterans Day in 2014.“A group of us had gotten together and were swapping tales about our days on active duty,” recalled Ramos. “We talked about the formal balls the service branches put on for active-duty members and how transitional veterans rarely ever get re-invited to these types of traditional events, post their active duty service.”The group identified a gap and as leaders, out of the uniform, decided to do something about that, resulting in the birth of the Salute to American Veterans Ball (AVB). It is pure of HEART, driven by PASSION, rooted in PURPOSE, and ANCHORED to the future LEADERS of America; Our Youth! This event features a dynamic patriotic program, fine dining, fellowship,music, and dance.

The GOAL of the American Veterans Ball (AVB) is to CONNECT our PAST and PRESENT military professionals to the FUTURE Leaders of America, while keeping them true to the Red, White, & Blue. The AVB was created to provide “ALL” veterans of the “Armed Forces” with the opportunity to participate in an annual service ball similar to our active service components. The most common denominator as veterans that we discovered, was that once we’d transitioned out of our respective branches of service, there was an immediate disconnection with these types of traditional and customary events of shared comradeship, in which we’ve always treasured. Yet, despite of this disconnection, whether in or out of the uniform, we still live out the values and way of life instilled in us as active leaders in our communities, workplace, and in every good endeavor.

The AVB will also serve out its MISSION by creating a pathway that will reignite, connect with, and maintain our patriotism with our fellow veterans through this unique event for years to come. Please join us in celebration in saluting and honoring our past, present, and future veterans. The AVB is open to “ALL” veterans (active, reserves, separated, or retired), their guest, civilian supporting arms, and the general public. We yield for your support in JOINING us and our VISION of fellowship as a Shared Patriotic Investment and our PACT in supporting our Youth.“We are very excited about this opportunity to provide this experience to our fellow Veterans in honor all the brave the men and women who have given so much to protect America and to advance the cause of freedom around the world,”said Ramos. Proceeds to benefit JROTC programs, Summer Youth Leadership Camps, Children of Fallen Service Members, Inspiring Youths Educational Institutions, Scholarships, and future AVB events. (SOW, REAP, GROW).