PSAV Gives Back to VeteransDecember 1, 2015 | Press Release
Director, Communications - PSAV
CHICAGO — November 24, 2015 — Last month, PSAV’s Dallas/Fort Worth
Regional Branch Office provided event technology support through their
sponsorship of the American Airlines’ Sky Ball XIII fundraiser event benefiting
veterans, members of the military, Wounded Warriors and their families.
The 2015 Sky Ball event, in support of AirPower Foundation, was particularly
special to PSAV, as they flew in two long-term PSAV employee veterans to
attend the event. Together, they helped to represent PSAV’s growing veteran
population of 300+ strong.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Dawn Montgomery, a PSAV employee of 16 years,
attended Sky Ball with her father, a Master Chief Petty Officer and Vietnam
War veteran, who was honored at this year’s event. Butler Day, a 23-year
PSAV employee and Navy Chief Officer who enlisted the day after 9/11, also
attended the event with his wife.
Sky Ball concluded a weeklong celebration of events honoring all men and
women in the armed forces, with special emphasis this year on Vietnam
veterans and U.S. Airforce members.
“I wanted to share with you something my father said,” said Dawn
Montgomery, with PSAV. “As I tried to get him out of the after-party, I told
him maybe it was time to go back to our hotel, and he said, ‘No, I’m not
leaving. I never got a “welcome home,” and this is it. We aren’t leaving
Montgomery also said her dad couldn’t believe he was able to visit with Medal
of Honor recipients at the event. One Medal of Honor recipient he was able to
meet was a Navy SEAL at the same time Montgomery’s dad served, making it
very likely Montgomery’s dad worked on one of the aircraft that helped keep
the Medal of Honor recipient and his comrades safe. Montgomery’s dad also
met with a Swift-Boat unit member who knew mutual veterans from serving
in the same Vietnam location at the same time.
A Common Mission
Day and Montgomery also shared a unique bond: Despite both working at
PSAV for well over a decade, several years passed before they learned they
both belonged to the same small Naval public relations department. A photo
commemorates Day and Montgomery’s first meeting, which occurred in
Afghanistan when Montgomery arrived to replace Day’s specific post as he
finished active duty.
Montgomery and Day plan to start a veterans’ group within PSAV in 2016 with
the ambition of recruiting more military personnel to join PSAV. They will
likely turn to some of the other PSAV veterans who donated time to Sky Ball
and/or attended: Brandon Goodman, Army Staff Sargent, Infantry, Bronze
Star, Meritorious Service Medal recipient, Army Commendation Medal
recipient; Chris McCafferty, Army Specialist, Combat Infantry Badge; and B.J.
Hammer, Airforce Staff Sargent.
Not only does Sky Ball provide an excellent opportunity for PSAV to showcase
its advanced technology, but it also allows PSAV to demonstrate the
company’s firm commitment to service, both to military veterans and to
PSAV’s thousands of customers served every day.
For the pinnacle event, PSAV transformed a working airline hanger into a
large-scale, live event production in less than a week. Around 8,000
attendees enjoyed a 270-foot widescreen and a custom stage, enhanced by
LED screens, concert sound and incredible lighting.
PSAV streamed the event live through the Department of Defense for the
benefit of 2.5 million active service members. PSAV appreciated the
opportunity to contribute to an event with such an important mission of
honoring Vietnam veterans, U.S. Airforce members and all armed forces.
PSAV is a leading provider in the global event technology services industry. As
the event technology provider of choice at leading hotels, resorts and
convention centers, our customers look to deliver more dynamic and
impactful meetings and events. PSAV’s customers comprise event organizers,
corporations, trade associations and meeting planners, and they choose PSAV
for its innovative and comprehensive service offerings, exceptional customer
service and global platform. PSAV employs more than 7,500 highly trained
staff across 1,300 venues throughout the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East.