Former Joint Chiefs chairman belts out ‘My Kind of Town’
September 18th, 2016
General Martin E. Dempsey, former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, stole the show at last week’s fundraiser for the Navy SEAL Foundation.
He was keynote speaker at the Chicago Hilton event that drew some 600 guests and raised $3.2 million.
Dempsey belted out Frank Sinatra’s “My Kind Of Town”–and even got the audience to chime in every time the “Chicago is” lyric came up.
Retired Rear Admiral Garry J. Bonelli, chairman of the board of the Virginia-based foundation, was next up on the stage and grumbled that he had “to follow that act.”
Edward Carl Byers Jr., the most decorated living SEAL who earlier this year received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama, pulled at heart-strings.
He told the crowd that the medal he wore around his neck wasn’t about him, but that for his team and the buddy who lost his life during a 2012 rescue mission of an American hostage.
Anticipating tears at that and other stories, organizers made sure there were hankies at each table setting.
Among the notable names in attendance: Muneer Satter, founder and chairman of Satter Investment Management; Reeve Waud, founder and managing partner of Waud Capital Partners (he chaired the event); William Kunkler III, executive vice president at CC Industries; Mayer Brown partner Ty Fahner; real estate developer Jennifer Pritzker; Driehaus Private Equity managing partner Eli Boufis; businesswoman Adair Schwartz; and brothers Timothy Farrell and William Farrell Jr., both of Longford Capital Litigation Finance.