Friday evening, Oct. 1, The Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club (SSMAC) held the 14th Annual Military Ball in New York City. The Pierre Hotel was filled with more than 250 guests dressed in embellished gowns and adorned military attire. The guests flounced around the room to the sounds of bagpipes, as well as music played by Alex Donner and his Orchestra. Tony Sirico of The Sopranos and Joyce Randolph from The Last Honeymooner also attended the Military Ball.
L to R Rick Perkins, Sherry Laue and Bruce Laue
L to R Dr. Robert Wickham, Kate Wickham, Ivan Obolensky
L to R Ivan Obolensky, Rita Cosby, General William J. Troy, Kate Wickham, and Dr. Robert Wickham
L to R Margo Catsimitidis and Alison Chase
L to R Marvin Scott, Margo Catsimitidis, Lorri Scott, Ivan Oolensky, Rita Tomaczek Bednarek, General William J.Troy
L to R Alidia Clagatt, Nick Drexel, Jackie Drexel, and Maris van Alen
Bob and Susan Frederick
Joyce Randolph and Tony Sirico
Every year SSMAC honors a branch of the United States Military at the 14th Annual Military Ball. This year, the attendees saluted the United States Army with patriotic fanfare and revelry. Military honorees included General Peter W. Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff for the United States Army and John M. McHugh, Secretary of the United States Army. Army Lieutenant General William J. Troy, Director of Army Staff proudly accepted the awards for these two notable honorees. Rita Cosby, television personality and author received the SSMAC Distinguished Media Achievement Award by last year’s award winner, WPIX-TV legend Marvin Scott. Dr. and Mrs. Robert D. Wickham, longtime supporters of SSMAC were also honored for their service to the club. The individuals that were credited with honors and accomplishments received hand-cast brass eagles to remember the evening. Proceeds from the evening will go to benefit SSMAC, a non-profit organization that have given secure accommodations for more than two and a half million men and women of the armed forces.