For the Troops Tribute Gala


For The Troops held its eighth yearly Military Tribute Gala in honor of Vietnam‐era veterans at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. The gala served Andrew Firestone as emcee and was chaired by Rosemary Allison and Dr. Cristina Markiewicz. For The Troops was founded in 2006 by Paula Cornell and Janie Josephson and is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. Accordingly, it is devoted to providing members of the American military with “We Care” packages. These contain basic needs, goodies, games and, most of all, a show of support. Correspondingly, its mission statement, “We support them while they protect us,” explains it all. In addition, from co-chair Rosemary Allison, “It is truly an honor to be the chair of this gala and a Medal of Honor Sponsor. I thank all of the supporters for joining me in helping us to bring meaningful tokens of our appreciation to our deployed military personnel.”

Event details

Nearby, For The Troops will host its ninth annual Military Tribute Gala on Saturday, February 27, 2021. Save the date to your calendar now to see firsthand the good they do. If you are interested in helping to honor our military by being a sponsor at the gala, please contact Rosemary Allison at 805.479.7653, who will be Gala Chair for the fourth time at this event. For more information on For The Troops or to make a donation, call 805.306.0830 or visit

Photographs by Judi Bumstead

Co-Chairs Dr. Cristina Markiewicz (left) and Rosemary Allison


LEFT TO RIGHT Rosemary Allison, Co-Founder Paula Cornell, and Coordinating Event “Angel” Sandy Berg
Rosemary Allison (back left) and Dr. Cristina Markiewicz with 96-year-old World War II veteran and speaker Jimmy Weldon
LEFT TO RIGHT Retired Ventura County Sheriff, Geoff Dean, Rosemary Allison, Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin and retired City of Thousand Oaks Chief of Police Tim Hagel
LEFT TO RIGHT Stacy Ayub, Rosemary Allison and Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub
LEFT TO RIGHT Joe Markiewicz, Ted Shumway Rosemary Allison and Jeanette Batur
Senator Henry Stern (left) and Rosemary Allison
BACK ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT Joe and Lynn Scheck, Nicole and Mike Blakely FRONT ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT Nina Proctor, Rosemary Allison, Dr. Cristina Markiewicz, Kimme Black and George Ospina
LEFT TO RIGHT Katie Kauffman, Joe Markiewicz, Dr. Cristina Markiewicz, Rosemary Allison, Jim Allison, Jennifer Dollaway and Luke Slade
LEFT TO RIGHT Paula Cornell and Rosemary Allison present special recognition to Logix representative Alethia Calagias to commemorate the over $310,000 that Logix has raised to support For The Troops’ mission
LEFT TO RIGHT Patrick Warburton, Rosemary Allison and Cathy Warburton
For The Troops dedicated annual supporters, who are members of the Ugly Motorcycle Club with Co-Chairs Dr. Cristina Markeiwicz, Rosemary Allison and Co-Founder Paula Cornell
Honoring Vietnam veterans in attendance


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