US Army Major Lisa Jaster headlines 15TH Annual Dive Pirates Event
WHO: Supporters of the Dive Pirates Foundation, past and present recipients, many dressed in pirate flair.
WHAT: 15th Annual Dive Pirates Ball to include an online silent auction, live auctioneer, 2018 recipient Retired Maj. Waheed “WU” Khan, and Keynote Speaker Army Major Lisa Jaster.
WHEN: Saturday, February 16, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (interviews with Lisa Jaster available beforehand, please call to schedule.)
WHERE: The Marriott Marquis, 1777 Walker St. Houston, TX 77010
WHY: The Dive Pirates Foundation provides gear, training, and a trip for people with mobile disabilities to enjoy the freedom of diving. The foundation is supporting 15 new recipients and their buddies this year to learn to dive and join a community of divers; many of whom suffered life-changing injuries serving in the armed forces.
Etc: Keynote Speaker US Army Major Lisa Jaster
Army Major Lisa Jaster is a soldier, an engineer, a wife and mother, and a trailblazer. One of only three women to graduate from the first integrated United States Army Ranger program—one of the most difficult combat training courses in the world—Lisa was the first female Army Reserve officer to become a Ranger.
Event Honoree: Retired USMC Major Waheed “WU” Khan
Major Waheed Khan was born in England and served in the US Marine Corps for 24 years with multiple commands and deployments, including the first Gulf War, Somalia, Kosovo, Colombia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Returning to civilian life he was struck by someone who ran a red light and collided with his motorcycle causing an incomplete spinal cord injury. Khan uses a wheelchair for his mobility and continues intense physical therapy to regain strength to be able to use crutches for very short distances. He joined the Dive Pirates Crew on their 2018 September EPIC Adventure to Cayman Brac and is now an adaptive scuba diver.
TICKETS: online tickets and silent auction registration
CONTACT: Theresa Cortez 877-393-3483 ext. 4
The Dive Pirates Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing scuba diving to persons with disabilities and joining them with the mainstream of divers. Its vision is to create a community of adaptive divers that will dive and travel in the mainstream world of scuba diving through education and overcoming obstacles. For more information about the Foundation go to www.divepirates.org.