In our 5th year supporting the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation (CMPF), BURKE attended this year’s annual leadership luncheon, in addition to designing the program for the event. CMPF hosted its annual leadership luncheon on April 16 in Uptown Charlotte at the Westin Hotel. The event featured Salvatore Augustine Giunta, Medal of Honor recipient and author of “Living with Honor: a Memoir.”
Salvatore “Sal” Augustine Giunta, Staff Sergeant and living example of bravery in battle, completed two combat tours to Afghanistan totaling 27 months of deployment. While conducting a patrol as team leader, Giunta and his team were ambushed by a well-armed and well-coordinated insurgent force. Seeing that his squad leader had fallen and believing that he had been injured, Giunta lead his team through enemy fire to rescue wounded soldiers. For his extraordinary gallantry, unrivaled courage and selfless leadership in action, Giunta was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony. Staff Sgt. Giunta was the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq or Afghanistan, the first living service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War and the eighth service member to receive the nation’s highest military decoration for valor in Iraq and Afghanistan. Based on his wartime experiences, Giunta authored the book, “Living with Honor: A Memoir.”
The cost per table of eight is $3,000 with 100% of the funds going to future Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation projects. An officer from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department was seated at each table, and table hosts were invited to a VIP reception with Salvatore Giunta, scheduled the morning of the luncheon.
About Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation was chartered in 2004. The Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and provides support for innovation programs and initiatives that are not presently funded by the police department’s budget. THE CMPF helps to ensure a safer community for the entire Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. For more information, visit www.charlottepolicefoundation.org.