Thank you for joining us for an evening of celebration as we honored TriWest Healthcare Alliance and the Defense Health Agency for their contributions to military and Veteran families. It was truly an evening to remember as our celebrity chefs, military chefs, local bakers, and mixologists led us through a memorable culinary adventure.

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Stronger Together: A Collaboration to Support Military Families

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DHA Partnership Expands Blue Star Outdoors Program to Benefit Service Members Worldwide

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TriWest and Blue Star Families: Serving Military and Veteran Families Together


Official White House Ornament 2023

For decades, The White House Historical Association has offered annual commemorative White House Christmas Ornaments. Proceeds from the ornaments go toward preserving the history of the White House and educational programs. AND — this year, Blue Star Families will also receive proceeds from each sold ornament through our special link using the password:! It’s a win-win!

Whether you’re a seasoned collector or just starting out, this beautiful ornament featuring President Gerald R. Ford will look perfect on your tree! They make a great gift, too! Each ornament comes individually boxed and shipping is free for up to five ornaments.

Award Recipients

Civil Leadership

Defense Health Agency
Lieutenant General Telita Crosland, USA, Director

Constance J. Milstein
Philanthropic Award

TriWest Healthcare Alliance
David J. McIntyre Jr., President & CEO

Culinary Experience

2023 Chefs

Chef Jenn Crovato
1310 Kitchen & Bar
Mother of a Marine Corps Corporal and Granddaughter of a Marine Corps Chef

Chef Amy Brandwein
Centrolina and Piccolina
Daughter of an Army Sound Technician

Chef David Guas
Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery
Great-grandson of a WWI Army Field Surgeon and Nephew of a Naval Lieutenant Commander, Physician

Chef Todd Gray
Proud son of a flight surgeon for the Army

Chef Robert Wiedmaier
Marcel's, The Robert Wiedmaier Restaurant Group
Proud son of a “Full Bird” Colonel in the Air Force

Chef Katsuya Fukushima
Daikaya, Tonari, Bantam King, Haikan,
Hole in the Wall, D.C.
Son of Vietnam War Army Veteran Reginald A. Fukushima

Catherine and Micheline Mendelsohn
Santa Rosa Taqueria, D.C.
Granddaughter of WWII Veteran

Chefs Recipe Booklet

Celebration Partners

Thank you for making this evening of celebration and connection possible!

President's Circle

craig newmark philanthropies
Patrick J McGovern Foundation
TriWest Healthcare Alliance




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Humana Military


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The David Hochberg Foundation