Variety’s Salute to Service Luncheon Honors Hollywood Veterans, Military Supporters

Five esteemed individuals in entertainment were honored Monday afternoon on Veteran’s Day at Variety’s Salute to Service luncheon presented by History. The second annual event celebrated Montel Williams, Bob Woodruff, Dana Delany, Ken Burns, and Rachael Ray for their efforts to champion veteran’s causes and support military service men and women.

Penske Media Company’s vice chairman and board member Gerry Byrne, a United States Marine Corps Vietnam veteran who launched Salute to Service, opened up the event at Cipriani Broadway in Manhattan, introducing host Martha Raddatz of ABC News.

“The media has a powerful voice,” Raddatz said, speaking on the media’s influence on spreading support and awareness of troops and veterans.

Food Network chef and personality Sunny Anderson, an Air Force veteran herself, presented Ray, who was honored by Variety for her work on her daytime syndicated talk show, which has been showcasing veterans and service men and women for more than 10 years on the air.

As Ray walked on stage and embraced her presenter with a big hug, Anderson said, “I’m proud to give this award to someone who gives until she can’t stop giving. Thank you for welcoming me into this game and treating me like a veteran.”


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