The Marshall Legacy Institute
November 4, 2010
For Immediate Release
Marshall Legacy Institute
Tycie Horsley

Clearing the Path 2010

The Marshall Legacy Institute's 13th Anniversary

Gala and Awards Dinner

Washington, DC - The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI), a Virginia based international nonprofit organization, hosted its 13th annual Clearing the Path Gala on October 20th at the elegant Fairmont Washington DC Hotel. The event, co-sponsored by General Dynamics and Samsung, was an enormous success and the funds raised will be used to continue MLI's efforts to eliminate the humanitarian dangers and destabilizing effects of landmines around the world.

MLI develops indigenous capabilities to alleviate suffering and nurture stability in war-torn countries by providing highly trained mine detection dogs (MDDs) to 'sniff out' landmines, save lives and return land to productive use. Since its founding in 1997, MLI has donated 149 highly-trained lifesaving dogs to severely contaminated countries - to include Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Eritrea, Iraq, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka and Thailand. MLI's Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS) fosters a sense of global citizenship among American youth by involving them in meaningful service-learning projects to help other children in faraway places. Finally, MLI's Survivors' Assistance programs help those who have been injured by landmines by providing prostheses, rehabilitative treatment and vocational training.

The generous support of the U.S. Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal & Abatement and private donors allow MLI to carry out its vital programs. The annual Clearing the Path Gala is a celebration of the successes MLI has achieved and honors those who have positively influenced the lives of people in landmine affected countries. To kick off the evening's festivities, one of MLI's strongest corporate supporters, BAE Systems, was presented with the 2010 Clearing the Path Corporate Award by MLI founder, General Gordon Sullivan. Following a delicious dinner and an impressive performance by the World Children's Choir, Senator Mike and Diana Enzi presented the Joan Wismer CHAMPS Award to Susan Hollier, an extraordinary teacher from the Woodlands, Texas, who led her students and community in sponsoring MDD Texas, who is currently searching for mines in Iraq, and in assisting young Iraqi landmine survivors.

Charge d'Affaires Ashraf Haidari of Afghanistan then took the stage and spoke about the impact MLI has had on his country, remarking, "We are grateful to the Marshall Legacy Institute for the significant support it continues to provide to the mine clearance programs in Afghanistan. The 18 mine detection dogs, which MLI has sent to Afghanistan since 2008, have saved many lives and prevented countless injuries from mine accidents."

Following Mr. Haidari's speech, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Brigadier General Thomas Masiello, spoke of MLI's global activities and the partnership between MLI and the U.S. government, which has resulted in impressive achievements in mine affected countries. MLI's President, Colonel Perry F. Baltimore then announced the co-winners of the Mine Detection Dog Team of the Year Award, Pojata Mirsad & MDD Danny of Bosnia Herzegovina and CPL Mouchawrab & MDD Iris of Lebanon. COL Baltimore presented Nermin Hadzimujagic and the DCM of the Embassy of Bosnia Herzegovina, Damir Dzanko, with the award on behalf of the Bosnian team winners, and then CPL Mouchawrab and MDD Iris took the stage to be presented with their award.

gala group pictureFinally, MLI announced Tony Lake, former MLI Board chairman and current Executive Director of UNICEF, as the recipient of the 2010 Clearing the Path Humanitarian Award. President of the MacArthur Foundation and former Dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Bob Gallucci, introduced Tony Lake by video and was then followed on stage by Ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, who spoke of her long relationship with Mr. Lake and his commitment to helping children around the world. GEN Sullivan and COL Baltimore then joined Ambassador Rice in presenting the award to Tony Lake, which included a leather-bound book of congratulatory letters from President Obama, members of Congress, foreign leaders, and other dignitaries.

The evening also featured Actor Jack McGee as the Emcee, an extraordinary landmine display by the Night Vision Lab of the U.S. Humanitarian Demining R&D Program, a masterful rendition of the National Anthem by MSG Caleb Green, and an impressive demonstration by CPL Mouchawrab and his canine companion Iris. MLI sincerely thanks all 2010 Gala donors! For information on becoming a 2011 Gala sponsor, please contact MLI at

The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) is a Virginia-based international humanitarian nonprofit that was formed in 1997 to extend the vision of Nobel Peace Laureate George C. Marshall by alleviating suffering and promoting hope, growth and stability in war-torn countries.

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