Art, tears and pride honor Navy SEALs
July 5 2011
“The event at the XJet hangar at Centennial Airport drew a crowd of about 400 to hear the moving remarks of Patsy Dietz, the widow of fallen Navy SEAL Danny Dietz of Littleton, and watch a film featuring the accomplishments of the warriors and memorializing those killed in action.
To blaring rock music, internationally renowned performance artist Michael Israel flung paint onto four black canvasses to create remarkable likenesses of John Lennon, Madonna, the Statue of Liberty and a gun-toting Navy SEAL. The paintings, along with other auction items, raised $250,000 during the four-hour soiree.
‘We were very, very happy with the event. It was a financial success, and it was also a success because it raised awareness,’ Sue Allon said. ‘It is amazing how much emotion the SEALs evoke. People were teary-eyed when they came up to say hello to us, before the speeches even started.’
The Navy SEAL Foundation helps the families of SEALs injured or killed in the line of duty.”