National Ability Center Recognizes Members of the Armed Forces at Annual “Saluting Our Heroes” Luncheon Ahead of Veterans Day

Military heroes and their families are honored at the nearly decade-long Salt Lake City tradition 

Park City, Utah (Sept. 26, 2019) In celebration of the courage and valor of 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 9th annual “Saluting Our Heroes” luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. The luncheon highlights the vast resources and programs that the National Ability Center pledges to the community of service members and veterans impacted while demonstrating their bravery for our country. 

“Approaching our 9th year of hosting this highly-anticipated event, our annual luncheon provides our community with an opportunity to demonstrate and celebrate our deep appreciation and respect for those who have given us so much,” said Kevin Stickelman, CEO of the National Ability Center. “Our organization was originally started in 1985 after receiving a grant from the Disabled American Veterans of Utah to help fund ski lessons for veterans at the base of Park City Mountain. Since then, our programming  has grown to accommodate our military and veteran servicemembers, who now make up one of our largest populations. 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.”  

The annual “Saluting Our Heroes” luncheon is open to the public and free for all attendees. Guests are required to register for the event and can do so by visiting As the National Ability Center continues to evolve and expand, the popular fundraiser celebrates the dedication of military veterans and supports the consistency and advancement of programming within the military services available at the NAC.

This year’s keynote speaker will be New York Times bestselling author, James Bradley. His book, “Flags of our Fathers” was made into a major motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood and tells the historic story of five U.S. Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima and the Seventh War Loan Drive that followed the battle. 

The event is made possible by NAC volunteers, staff, donors and participating partners including major sponsors such as Boeing, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Zions Bank, Vail Epic Promise and ABC4. 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 Center provides 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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