It had rained much of the afternoon on the day that the Navy SEAL Foundation’s 2017 Denver Evening of Tribute was being held. And inclement weather literally could have dampened the effect of one of the evening’s most special moments: a jump by the Patriot Parachute Team.
But, like magic, when the big moment arrived, the clouds disappeared, the sun helped turn the heavens a brilliant blue and the five skydivers, all former Navy SEALS, made their colorful descent onto the tarmac outside the XJET terminal at Centennial Airport as AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” played on loudspeakers.
They carried with them a giant American flag.
Chaired by Harvey Allon, chief executive officer of Braddock Financial, and Larry Mizel, chairman of the MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation, the dinner and auction raised $600,000 for the Navy SEAL Foundation’s mission of providing immediate and ongoing support to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families.