Blue Star Neighbors Celebration

Blue Star Families Honors Americans Who Support Military Families

The Blue Star Neighbors Celebration is an annual celebration of the spirit of America – the kindness of military supporters across the country and their impact on the military family community.

The 2018 Celebration was a historic night that brought together people from all generations, all communities, and all backgrounds to unite in Washington, DC on March 13.

Our next Blue Star Neighbors Celebration will take place in May of 2019. Would you like to partner with Blue Star Families to support the 2019 Celebration? Anyone – companies and individuals – can get involved to help support military families. See the packet below or contact Alicia Downs at [email protected] for more information.


2018 Military Leadership Spouses Host Committee

Fran DeNinno-Zukunft
Dawn Goldfein
D’Arcy Neller
Ricki Selva
Gail Walters
Tonya Wright


Blue Star Families programs, made possible by the support of Blue Star Neighbors, help ensure that military families can continue to thrive while they serve. Please consider making a gift to sustain our programs.



“I have such great admiration for Blue Star Families and the things you do to help these military families.”

– Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter



2018 Awards:

Blue Star Families Caregiving Award
Lynda C. Davis, Ph.D.

Constance J. Milstein Philanthropic Award
USAA for its philanthropic contributions and to
The USAA Foundation, Inc.

Blue Star Neighbor Award
Local Community Hero

Joining us to celebrate our winners are General and Mrs. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.


Military Chefs

Air Force | MSgt Jennifer Medeiros
National Guard | TSgt Tyler Gaswint (NEW!)
Army | SSG Michelle Brown (NEW!)
Coast Guard | CSCS Derek Johnson
Navy | CS1 Frida Karani
Marines | SSgt Hiram Carrion

Celebrity Chefs

David Guas | Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery
Todd Gray | Equinox
Robert Wiedmaier | Marcel’s
Chris Clime | PassionFish
Ris Lacoste | Ris (NEW!)
Kyle Bailey | The Salt Line (NEW!)


Todd Trasher | ​Tiki TNT / Potomac Distilling Company

Thank you to our 2018 Celebration Sponsors