(From left) U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey; Dana Katz; Jeffrey Smith, vice president of operations at Newman’s Own, Inc.; Ken Fisher, chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation; and Alex Neill, executive editor of Military Times.
On September 2, 2015, UCLA’s Operation Mend received the grand prize at the 16th annual Newman’s Own Award Ceremony at the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes. Sponsored by the Newman’s Own Foundation, started by the late actor Paul Newman, as well as the Fisher House Foundation and Military Times, the annual competition seeks to reward ingenuity for programs that benefit service members and their families. More than 300 entries were submitted for the 2015 program. Six judges evaluated the entries based on each organization’s impact on their respective communities, creativity and innovation. U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, provided remarks, and Dana Katz, daughter-in-law of Operation Mend founders Maddie and Ronald Katz, accepted the $50,000 award on behalf of UCLA Operation Mend.
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