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Captured Event November, 14 2010 - Center for American Values is Unveiled in Pueblo What: Grand Opening Celebration for the Center for American Values Where: 101 S. Main Street, Pueblo, CO 81003 When: VIP Reception: 11/12/10; Open House: 11/13/10 Time: 5:30 p.m. reception 11/12; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., open house 11/13 Mistress of Ceremonies: VIP Opening: Alex Quade, CNN Master of Ceremonies: Ribbon cutting: Bill Keathley, Pueblo Chamber Ambassador Founders: Brad Padula and Medal of Honor Recipient Drew Dix Executive Director: Center Director: Tom Allee Catering: Pueblo Convention Center Quote of the evening: "If you have honor, integrity and patriotism, what else do you need?"--Medal of Honor Recipient and Center co-founder Drew Dix Attendance: 400+ for VIP reception Attire: business/casual Board of Directors: Brad Padula, Drew Dix, Susan Smith, Bob Root Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress
Center Director Tom Allee, left, Brad Padula, Drew Dix, Rudy Padula and Sue Smith (emcee Bill Keathley looking on at right) View all photos Pueblo's tradition as the Home of the Heroes continues this Veteran's week with the unveiling of the state of the art Center for American Values. The vision of retired dentist Adolph "Rudy" Padula, the center will be the site of training seminars, ceremonial activities, leadership sessions, public tours and conferences. It is student-friendly, with a curriculum on honor, integrity and patriotism--three words which ultimately describe one of the Center's main contributors, Drew Dix--a Medal of Honor recipient and Pueblo native. Mr. Dix and his family, Rudy and Brad Padula and their families, Center Director Tom Allee, and about 400 close friends and supporters were in attendance Friday night, November 12, to unveil the Center and welcome guests. CNN reporter Alex Quade was also on hand to conduct emcee duties and talk a little bit about her experiences reporting in the field in Iraq and Afganistan. She was just in the "Triangle of Death" in Iraq only two weeks ago, and underscored how much we value the service of our military men and women. Speaking of the special forces who protected her in the field, Ms. Quade said, "these rough men are fighting for us so that we can enjoy evenings like this, and sleep in our own beds at night." She also indicated, tongue in cheek, that we were especially lucky to see her at the Center, because Iraqis offered up to 200 goats in trade for her. Drew Dix took the podium to talk about the Center's core values: honor, integrity and patriotism. "It's not necessarily that we have a problem with our youngsters today," he said. "We just need to start over in doing the right thing." The Center will provide an excellent opportunity to do just that, and Center Director Tom Allee took the podium to explain some of the state-of-the-art tools available at the Center to help accomplish the goal. From the displays of the Portraits of Valor collection by noted photographer Nick DelCalzo to the iPads available to learn about Medal of Honor recipients' citations, to the educational technologies and conference capabilities, this Center will make a difference in generations to come. On Saturday, November 13, local dignitaries gathered for the official ribbon cutting. In attendance were many supporters, including board member Sue Smith and her family, newly elected State Rep. Keith Swerdfeger, Bill Vidmar, Robert Rawlings, Chamber VP Phyllis Samora, Sandy Gutierrez, Ray Romero, Dawna Trujillo, Della Tafoya and Sandy Ray representing the Latino Chamber, and Gold Star family members Debbie and Rick Anderson. The Center's mission is to honor the extreme sacrifices made to help sustain American values and to ensure those actions are preserved forever. Tom Allee said, "This center I think will benefit the community and the nation." For more information on the Center for American Values, log on to www.americanvaluescenter.org
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