Patron and the Patriot Essay Contest

USO of Illinois presents a special opportunity for Healing Heroes and their family members…


In honor and support of our Healing Heroes and their families, the USO of Illinois is proud to launch the “Patron and the Patriot” Essay Contest for Active Duty, Guard and Reserve military members currently recovering from or living with visible or invisible wounds sustained in combat while deployed overseas. Thanks to the generous donation of Virtuoso and Fairmont Kea Lani, the USO of Illinois is proud to offer two, identical Virtuoso Maui Experience opportunities: one for the Patriot and one for the Patron. The winner of the essay contest– the “Patriot”—will receive the first Virtuoso Maui Experience package. The second Virtuoso Maui Experience package, donated for auction, will be won by the highest bidder – the “Patron”—at the USO Star-Spangled Salute Gala Live Auction, held October 13, 2012, with proceeds benefitting USO Programs and Services.

The PATRON ♦ Generously donated and made possible through a unique partnership between Virtuoso, Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui and the USO of Illinois, the Virtuoso Maui Experience is a specially featured Live Auction package at the 2012 USO Salute Gala. Patrons of the USO Salute Gala may bid on the exceptional package, which includes:

  • Seven (7) nights in a Two Bedroom Ocean Front Villa for a family of four (4) at the 5-Star Fairmont Kea Lani Resort (blackout dates apply and subject to availability)
  • Valid for travel through December 15, 2013.
  • Daily buffet breakfast for four (4) at the Kea Lani Restaurant
  • Daily, complimentary Valet Parking
  • Seven (7)-night National Car Rental (donated by Best Travel and National Car Rental)
  • Villa “grocery” arrival amenity
  • Dinner for four (4) at Signature Restaurant Kō, once, during stay
    (to include an ‘ohana platter appetizer,1-entrée per person and 1-dessert per person; excludes alcohol)
  • Roundtrip transfer to and from airport to the resort
  • Complimentary Hawaiian Culture Canoe excursion for four (4) guests
  • Package valued at $25,000

The PATRIOT ♦ Thanks to the generosity of the Virtuoso Maui Experience Donors, an identical package will be awarded to a Healing Hero and their family, up to 4 people, through the “Patron and Patriot” Essay Contest!  Applicants who submit essays to the contest are asked to express their personal story of service to our nation, overcoming challenges, healing, and why they and their family could use a Virtuoso Maui Experience vacation. The winning essay will be selected by a specially chosen USO panel and the Healing Hero and their family–a total of up to 4 people—will be notified by August 31st and will be invited to attend the 2012 USO of Illinois Star-Spangled Salute Gala on Saturday, October 13 at Navy Pier, Grand Ballroom, Chicago, as special guests of the USO to accept their prize package. The Virtuoso Maui Experience package for a Healing Hero and their family includes all of the above features, with the addition of roundtrip airfare for the military family of four (4) to and from Maui! (Donated by Best Travel and Virtuoso)


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