Captain Richard Phillips to be keynote speaker at fundraiser in Rancho Santa Fe for SEAL Family Foundation


Philanthropist Madeleine Pickens, Event Co-Chair Dominique Plewes and the Del Mar Country Club have announced that Captain Richard Phillips, who was dramatically rescued from the clutches of Somali Pirates by Navy SEALs in 2009 and was portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 2013 film Captain Phillips, will be the keynote speaker at the sixth annual fundraiser to benefit the SEAL Family Foundation on Saturday, April 29. This year’s golf tournament and dinner gala will thank the Naval Special Warfare community and their families for their military service, and to honor their fallen heroes.

Also scheduled to speak include Tomi Lahren, who at 24 years old is the youngest political talk show host in history. Lahren, who began her career in San Diego just a few short years ago, has gone on to become an Internet sensation with over three million followers on Facebook — her signature “Final Thoughts” has generated over 550 million views in the past year alone. In addition to her regular show on TheBlaze, she has appeared on Fox News, The Daily Show and numerous other news outlets.

The evening’s honored guest will be Medal of Honor Recipients Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Beyers and Mike Thornton, retired United States Navy SEAL. These two extraordinary men bring a unique perspective to the role Navy SEALs have played from the Vietnam War to today’s battlefields.

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The Del Mar Country Club event will feature a scramble golf tournament, tennis clinic, cocktail reception, dinner gala with speakers and entertainment, and live and silent auctions. The event begins with breakfast and registration from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., followed by the Scramble Golf Tournament and Tennis Clinc at 10:30 a.m. A cocktail reception and silent auction will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and the evening program and live auction at 6:30 p.m. The Del Mar Country Club is located at 6001 Country Club Drive in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.For more information, visit contact Carol Tuller at 619-344-0344, x715.