American Dream Tribute & Gala


Each September, HFH volunteers and supporters host the Holidays For Heroes American Dream Tribute & Gala. It’s a full-out Tribute to Heroes released from duty during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, while also honoring the lives lost and still affected by the four planes hijacked and World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on September 11, 2001. The injures our Heroes sustained in the line of duty have changed their lives forever. During this annual Tribute, we each take full responsibility for OUR duty; assuring our Heroes unwavering support during their transition to wellness and ensuring their families’ futures, just as each Hero fulfilled his/her duty to ensure a future for us all.

maureen_maherThe synergy is palpable. In a community brought together by an entirely volunteer team, the American Dream Tribute & Gala is HFH’s major fundraising event. In-kind gifts from event designers and planners, lodging, transportation, caterers and more enable the event’s success as a fundraiser.

Finally, ablaze in red white and blue spirit, the evening of Tributes begins. A stirring performance by America’s MusiCorps Band and a wholly charismatic auctioneer unite us all.  It’s an unforgettable and poignant evening, inspired by our Heroes’ bravery alongside our community’s resolve; the tributes, awards and citations underscored by unabashed generosity of spirit.

The evening’s proceeds fund American Dream grants, awards and scholarships; and underwrite annual Heroes’ Nantucket Holiday Experiences.  American Dream Grants guarantee our Heroes will have the chance – and the resources – to personally achieve and live the life they fought for.