2024 Semper Fidelis Award Dinner Postponded until Spring 2025


Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award Luncheon honoring Mr. Kenneth G. Langone

Mr. Ken Langone accepts General John H. Russell Leadership Award
Mr. Guy Wyser-Pratte presents the Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award to Guest of Honor, Mr. Ken Langone. Photography by Denny Tillman.

On 25 October we had the privilege of honoring Mr. Kenneth G. Langone with the Major General John H. Russell Award at the Russell Luncheon in New York.  Mr. Langone is the Chairman and CEO of Invemed Associates LLC and Co-founder of The Home Depot.

With his family by his side, to include his Marine Son, and 200 of his friends and Colleagues, Mr. Langone humbly accepted the crystal award presented by our President and CEO, Lieutenant General Richard Mills, USMC (Ret), Lunch Chairman, Mr. Guy Wyser-Pratte, and Military Guest of Honor, Lieutenant General Robert Walsh, USMC. School of MCWAR and their Marine and International Military Students were present and many former and retired Marines and Sister Services.

Mr. Langone is recognized for his service to our communities, his vast charitable contributions, his leadership and has even spoken at the Marine Corps University on Leadership.  He along with his wife Elaine, have donated hundreds of millions to charities, New York University Medical Center, and is on the Board of Ronald McDonald House of NY and The Medal of Honor Foundation.

Major General John H. Russell, USMC, was the 16th Commandant of the Marine Corps.  The Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award, established in his honor by the Marine Corps University Foundation, is presented annually to a distinguished American whose commitment to personal and professional excellence embodies those qualities of leadership and character uniquely associated with the United States Marine Corps.

It was a most wonderful event and one to mark on your calendars for next year sometime in late October.

The Marine Corps University Foundation would like to thank the following for their generous support!

Table Sponsors
Commandant’s Council Table—$10,000

Mr. Kenneth Langone (2 Tables)
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Saunders III (2 Tables)
Mr. James Dunne, III/Sandler O’Neill + Partners
Mr. Edward Herlihy/Wachtell Lipton Rozen Katz
Mr. Joseph Murphy, Jr./Country Bank
Ms. Sue Ann Weinberg
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Wyser-Pratte

Semper Fidelis Council Table—$3,500

Mr. Peter Fitzpatrick
BGen Patrick Garvey, USMC (Ret)
Marine Corps—Law Enforcement Foundation

Individual Support

Mr. Rick Adams
Mr. and Mrs. Sandy Alderson
Mr. Edgar Aronson
Mr. Eric Borsoni
GySgt Lucian Caldera, USMC (Ret)
Mr. Michael Cather
Mr. Joel Dunn
Mr. Chris Fiacco
Dr. James Goodrich
Mr. Michael Heffernan
Mr. Larry Hershberger
The Holborn Corporation
Mrs. Charlene Marshall
Dr. and Mrs. Terrence Moran
Mr. Ed O’Brien
Mr. Sean O’Brien
Mr. Thomas O’Brien
Mr. Chris Oprison
Mr. Douglas Paul
Mr. Bill Scott
Mr. Steve Young

Friends of The Foundation 2017

The Honorable Kim T. Adamson
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Alderson
Mr. William C. Ankeny
The Punaro Foundation of the Ayco
Charitable Foundation
Mr. Donald L. Bren
Donald Bren Foundation
Mr. James J. Carafano, Ph.D.
General James T. Conway, USMC (Ret)
Country Bank
Crane Family Foundation
Mr. Timothy T. Day
Timothy T. Day Foundation
Mr. John DiGregoria
Mr. Larry Drake
BGen Thomas V. Draude, USMC (Ret)
Mr. James J. Dunne III
Mr. Charles Fedalen, Jr.
Mr. Raymond V. Gilmartin
Lieutenant General Wallace C.
Gregson, Jr., USMC
Col G. F. Robert Hanke, USMCR (Ret)
Mr. Frank Harrison
Mr. Peter Haas
Mr. Peter O. Hanson
The Heffernan Family Foundation
Ms. Sarah S. Holcomb
Mr. Robert J. Hugin
Dr. Susan Johnston
Land of The Free
Mr. Nicholas B. Lane
Mr. Kenneth G. Langone
Mr. Robert A. Lutz
LtGen Richard P. Mills, USMC (Ret)
Mr. Chaz Mueller
Mr. Daniel H. Mudd
Navy Federal Credit Union
George L. Ohistrom Foundation
General Peter Pace, USMC (Ret)
Palm Desert University Village, LLC
LtCol Steven J. Piccirilli, USMC (Ret)
BGen Francis E. Quinlan, USMC (Ret)
Mr. Ira Riklis
Robert W. Rust Living Trust
Sandler O’Neill + Partners
Mr. Thomas A Saunders III
Mrs. Mary Jordan Saunders
Mr. William J. Scott
Lance Corporal and Mrs. Anthony F. Serra
Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Shivers
Mr. Frederick W. Smith
Mr. Edward Stack
Mr. Mark Sternheimer
Theta Chi Fraternity
Textron Charitable Trust
Ueberroth Family Foundation
RADM H. Kirk Unruh USNR (Ret)
Mr. Kent Valley
Vanguard Charitable Endowment
The Wharton School of Business
University of Pennsylvania
Ms. Sue Ann Weinberg
The John L. and Sue Ann Weinberg
Mr. Ray Wirta
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Wyser-Pratte
Mr. Mike Zak

See the list of all Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award Past Recipients.

For more information about The Marine Corps University Foundation and The Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award, please call Mattrice Williamson at (703) 640-6835 or by email .

The Marine Corps University Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on tax deductible gifts, is the only Marine Corps charity solely dedicated to supporting the Professional Military Education (PME) of Officer and Enlisted Marines at the Marine Corps University and throughout the Operating Forces. Special events, such as the Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award Luncheon provide funding that supports Marine Leaders and their Professional Military Education worldwide.  The University leadership’s vision has been twofold – to prepare Marines at all levels to address complex security challenges in a rapidly transforming world through an unparalleled education in security and warfighting studies, and to groom the next generation of decision makers within the Marine Corps, government, and the private sector, equipping them with the critical thinking skills that will enable them to achieve success in any number of career paths. The Foundation relies on tax-exempt contributions from our Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award Luncheon, and those who support Marine Corps causes, including Corporate Members, Marine friends, former Marines helping Marines and donations in memory or in honor of someone special. We are grateful for your tax-deductible donation to support the Professional Military Education of active duty and reserve Marines. Semper Fi!