The clouds parted and the rain waited as hundreds of supporters descended on the Modern Aviation hangar at Centennial Airport for the elite Navy SEAL Foundation Denver Evening of Tribute.

The theme of the evening was teamwork. Navy SEALs depend heavily on the camaraderie of their team. Their families that love them and take over when they’re deployed are a team. The supporters and benefactors of the Navy SEAL Foundation are a crucial element of the team. Our nation and our roots as Americans are also part of the team.

This point was conveyed illustriously by the sponsors, friends and supporters who gathered at the Modern Aviation hangar Thursday night. Attendees talked and laughed outside during the reception and then moved inside the hangar for the program.

Welcome and thanks were given by Event Chairs Larry Mizel and Sue and Harvey AllonRobin King, CEO; Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Governor Jared Polis; Senator Cory Gardner; and host committee Co-Chair Matt Flavin.

The honoree of the evening was Roger Hutson, well known for his support of numerous community causes. The keynote address was given by VADM (Ret.) Sean Pybus, who also is the NSF board chair.

The Navy SEAL Foundation provides a comprehensive set of programs specifically designed to improve health and welfare, build and enhance resiliency, empower and educate, and provide critical support to the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community during times of illness, injury or loss. 

They strengthen the force and family and provide a level of security that enables warriors to focus solely on their missions. Created by former SEALs Eric Frohardt and Sean Haberberger, the Evening of Tribute is Denver’s one of the most anticipated events in Colorado, with its focus on honoring and supporting the SEAL community. To date, the Evening of Tribute has raised over $2 million to support the NSW community through the Navy SEAL Foundation.