Event Details


October 17, 2015




PNC Champions Club at Heinz Field


Over $140,000 was raised in 2015!

Lookout for a save the date for Pittsburgh Pays Tribute in October 2016.

View Photos from the 2015 Event!

Our 2015 Guest Speaker

Robert HarwardRobert S. Harward
Chief Executive
Lockheed Martin UAE

Bob Harward is the Chief Executive for Lockheed Martin in UAE and was appointed to his current role in January 2014.   A resident of Abu Dhabi, he is responsible for strategy, operations and execution of programs to strengthen the partnership, while enhancing industrial relationships with the commercial, civilian, and political leadership of UAE.

Mr. Harward recently retired as a Vice Admiral in the United States Navy, with his last assignment as Deputy Commander US Central Command (USCENTCOM).   Mr. Harward served on the National Security Council in the Office of Combating Terrorism at the White House for the Bush Administration and commissioned the National Counter Terrorism Center in 2005. As a Navy SEAL, Bob served in a variety of SEAL and Special Operations Commands to include command of US and Coalition forces for multiple Task Forces conducting combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq over six years beginning immediately after Sept 11, 2001.  His final tour in Afghanistan was from November 2009 to July 2011 where he commanded Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 responsible for developing Rule of Law and Detention operations with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Born in Newport, Bob grew up in a Navy family in Iran (1967 to 1979) and graduated from the Tehran American High School and the US Naval Academy. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Strategic Security Affairs from the Naval War College, is a graduate of the MIT Center for International Studies Foreign Policy Program, and served as a Federal Executive Fellow at RAND (Santa Monica).

Admiral Harward’s significant recognitions include the Donovan Award from the CIA, the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of State, the German Silver Star, the Polish Silver Star, and he was designated a Commander of the Polish GROM (Special Operation Forces). The Department of Defense awarded him the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (three), the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star with V device (four), and the Presidential Unit Citation (two) for leading troops in combat.


Service members are required to wear Evening Mess Dress or Service Equivalent. If you don’t have that uniform please wear the most formal uniform that you have. Non-service members are encouraged to wear cocktail attire.


If you wish to drive to the gala, a voucher for free parking will be emailed to you. Please bring this voucher or you will have to pay the full price of $12. Parking will be available in Gold Lot 1. (Adam- please include the map attached on the website)

Due to a Steelers game on Sunday, overnight parking is not permitted and your car will be towed. Please plan accordingly.

After Party

Please join us for the after party immediately following the Pittsburgh Pays Tribute Gala at Rivers Casino, 777 Casino Dr., Pittsburgh, PA, 15212. In your gala program you will find a ticket that is redeemable for 1 drink and $10 slot play. We hope to see you there!

Pittsburgh Joggin’ for Frogmen 5k

The morning of the Pittsburgh Pays Tribute Gala, on Saturday, October 17th, please join us as we kick off the day with a patriotic 5k! The 3rd Annual Pittsburgh Joggin’ for Frogmen 5k will take place at Schenley Park, 1 Overlook Drive, Pittsburgh, PA. On-site registration and packet pickups will begin at 6:30am and Opening Ceremonies will begin at 9:00am.

Register online prior to the race at www.JogginforFrogmen.com/PittsburghPA

If you have already registered, packet pickups will be at Elite Runners & Walkers, 5992 Steubenville Pike, McKees Rocks, PA 15136 on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 10am – 7pm.

The Navy SEAL Foundation stands behind all U.S. Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen, Naval Special Warfare support personnel, and their spouses and children. The Foundation coordinates closely with NSW commands to support critical needs of active-duty operators while also providing resources for NSW veterans. Their work is focused on five key areas that assist veterans of NSW, active-duty service members and their families: Educational Opportunities, Warrior Support and Family Services, Legacy Preservation, Tragedy Assistance and Survivor Support.

Visit NavySEALFoundation.org


The 31Heroes Project was established to honor the 30 Americans and a working dog killed in action on August 6, 2011. Today, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, The 31Heroes Project assists the families of the brave men of Extortion 17 as well as veterans and their families whose needs span from casualty assistance, survivor support, and PTSD/TBI treatment.

Visit 31Heroes.com

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The Travis Manion Foundation assists our nation’s veterans & families of the fallen by empowering them to take the next step in their personal journeys and inspire the next generation of leader. We believe the best way to honor the fallen is by challenging the living. “If not me, then who…” the words Travis spoke before leaving for his second and final deployment to Iraq, have inspired a national movement to service.

Visit TravisManionFoundation.org

2015 Sponsors


Sea Level


Air Level


Brian & Jennifer

Land Level

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Trident Level

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Captain Bill and Lori Sposato, USN (Ret.)


Electro-Minatures Corp

Kroff, Inc.

R & Q

Michael & Nicole Hudson



For additional information about The 31Heroes Project or for more information about sponsorship opportunities for the 2015 Pittsburgh Pays Tribute fundraising event please contact Maura Lukevics at Maura@31Heroes.com.


Information coming soon.


All proceeds from Pittsburgh Pays Tribute support the Navy SEAL Foundation, The 31Heroes Project and the Travis Manion Foundation by providing immediate and ongoing assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community as well as military charity programs that honor and support all fallen Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, and Marines.

The Navy SEAL Foundation (Tax ID # 31-1728910), The 31Heroes Proejct (Tax ID # 45-3581265) and The Travis Manion Foundation (Tax ID #41-2237951) are 501(c)(3), tax exempt, national non-profit charitable organizations.