National Ability Center Celebrates Military Heroes at “Saluting Our Heroes” Event

8th Annual luncheon offers distinguished members of Armed Forces and their families continued community support

Park City, Utah (Oct. 9, 2018) –Honoring the courageous and heroic active duty and veteran members of the U.S. military and their families, the National Ability Center(NAC), a leading organization dedicated to empowering individuals of differing abilities will host its 8th annual “Saluting Our Heroes” luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. The luncheon promotes the robust resources and programs that the National Ability Center is devoted to providing service members and veterans impacted while serving our country.

“This event allows us to express our deepest gratitude and pay tribute to our armed forces and all of those who have so selflessly fought for our country and our freedom,” said  Kevin Stickelman, Interim CEO of the National Ability Center. “Our military and veteran programs have grown over our more than 30-year history to help approximately 1,350 individuals annually. The National Ability Center is able to provide everything from personalized lessons to seven-day retreats only because of the support of families, partners, donors, staff and volunteers. Two out of three of our top populations served include active duty and injured military and veterans further demonstrating the importance of our current offerings and the need for additional opportunities.”

Guests are required to register for the annual “Saluting Our Heroes” event, although it is free to the public. Registration can be completed by visiting The highly-anticipated luncheon supports the sustainability and advancement of military programming available at the National Ability Center.

This year’s keynote speaker is decorated, Purple Heart war hero Lieutenant Colonel Tres Smith, U.S. Marine Corps (retired). Lt. Col. Smith has a direct personal connection to the nonprofit after suffering six bullet wounds during his service and is committed to building the adaptive nation. Following his recovery, he returned to combat in Afghanistan and other countries. Recently retired from his role in the Pentagon as an active Marine, Lt. Col. Smith began a position with the Federal Aviation Administration in 2018. Major Peter Way of the United States Army (retired) will join this year’s production as the participant speaker.

The event is made possible by NAC volunteers, staff, donors and participating partners including major sponsors such as Boeing, Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Zions Bank, Vail Epic Promise, Good4Utah and Salt Lake Magazine.To learn more about “Saluting Our Heroes” or to register for the luncheon, visit For additional information about the National Ability Center, visit


About the National Ability Center

The National Ability Centerprovides world-class adaptive recreation and Splore outdoor adventures for individuals and families of differing abilities, physical, cognitive and developmental, including competitive athletes, youth, veterans and more. Rooted in Park City, UT for over 30 years, with additional facilities in Salt Lake City and Moab, the National Ability Center empowers participants by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through inclusive programming and activities such as alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, cycling, swimming, rafting, archery, among others. The National Ability Center is globally recognized as a chapter of Disabled Sports USA and is one of only 12 Gold U.S. Paralympic Sports Clubs. For more information, visit

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