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San Diego CA — ”It Pays To Be A Winner”, words lived first-hand by the world’s most elite fighting force, the U.S. Navy SEALs; and the same holds true for those that serve back home, their familes. The family and friends of Navy SEALs is what drives the success of those that serve while on deployment, and such is the mission of the Seal-NSW Family Foundation in San Diego CA.
The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation is tasked with supporting individuals and families through an array of programs specifically targeted to assist the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community in maintaining a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force in this era of persistent conflict and frequent deployments.
Annually the foundation’s evening gala celebrates those that fight to defend our country, and the families that remain at home supporting. As a special treat, SEAL-NSW Family Foundation partnered with world renwned artist, Michael Israel, for an interactive show honoring the SEAL family.
30-yr Navy SEAL veteran Bob Schoultz said, “You exposed us to the wonders of artistic creativity, modified and tailored to what we could appreciate. ‘Wonder’ is an amazing thing to experience”. Schoultz goes on, “What really impressed was how your performance [and artwork] created a bridge between the military and business worlds…within a short time, you had our full attention and we knew that we were in the presence of something special and different any one of us has seen.”
[photo: The Special Warfare insignia, also known as the “SEAL Trident”, recognizes those members of the United States Navy who have completed the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, completed SEAL Qualification Training (SQT) & have been designated as U.S. Navy SEALs]
Israel encourages individuals of all walks of life and background to embrace their inner artist — to “pick up a brush and let life and your life experiences to take hold of your passions in life … when imagination exceeds reality, dreams are born!”. With his unique style of ‘bringing art to life’ through fast beautiful and eloquent shows, Israel ‘wow’s’ the evening’s guests and VIP’s with paintings of the Statue of Liberty and a rendering of a Bald Eagle (U.S. bird) to celebrity legends Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon.
Schultz went on to conclude, “Thank you for your performance .. and for there level of excitement and respect paid to those of us that served and our beloved families—the true heroes of the evening”.
About SEAL-NSW Family Foundation
Founded in 2008, the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that raises funds and awareness for special programs in direct support of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) families on a local, national and global scale. In 2012, the Foundation raised $2.2 million in funds, including more than $500,000 for the Ty Woods and Glen Dougherty Memorial Funds. More than 90 percent of all funding supports direct services, and remaining funds directly support program administration and Foundation operations.
About Michael Israel
World-renowned artist Michael Israel can be best described as Cirque du Soleil meets Picasso–an artist, entertainer, and humanitarian whose expression is part David Copperfield, part Jackson Pollack, part Jackie Chan, but all Michael Israel. A leader of the newest art renaissance, flamboyant, rock star sexy and charismatic, Michael electrifies arena-sized audiences with little more than paint and passion. His artistic journey began as a child painting on the walls of his parents home. Now, Michael’s work has gone on to touch the lives of millions.