ORWB Gala- Thursday, June 15, 2023 - 6-8:00 pm
ORWB is committed to helping active military, veterans, and their families. It is an honor to help the men and women who have served our country to protect the freedoms we hold so dearly.
Thursday, June 15, 2023 - 6-8:00 pm | Herschel Hall Greenbrier, Arkansas | Attire: Black Tie Optional Red White & Blue Theme - SOLD OUT
Deena Burnett Bailey has been a well-known voice for the victim’s families of September 11, 2001.
She successfully spearheaded an effort to have the Flight 93 cockpit voice recorder released in April 2002. She took on the Bin Laden family in an unprecedented lawsuit to freeze assets and bankrupt over 150 terrorist organizations worldwide. Twice she traveled to Germany, where she provided face-to-face testimony against a key Al Qaeda member, helping to bring about his conviction.
Burnett Bailey has represented 911 families at the White House, Pentagon, and the U.S. Congress. She has appeared on all major television networks and in thousands of newspapers and magazines globally, including features in People magazine and Reader’s Digest. She has been interviewed by national figures such as Barbara Walters, Peter Jennings, Oprah Winfrey, Matt Lowery, and Diane Sawyer. She has participated in the making of 23 documentaries and 1 major motion film, discussing and re-enacting on September 11th.
Burnett Bailey’s book, “Living Life Beyond Ourselves: Fighting Back,” inspired the movie “Portrait of Courage: The Untold Story of Flight 93.”
Speaking on tour with Young America’s Foundation, Burnett Bailey became one of the most sought-after speakers in the country. She regularly participated in lecture series for the University of Minnesota, George Washington University, Fulbright University, Pepperdine University, and the Ronald Reagan Library.
In addition to volunteering in her church and community, Burnett Bailey has served on the boards of more than 20 non-profit organizations. She co-founded a teen volunteer organization: the 20th Century Club’s Angels of Hope.
Burnett Bailey graduated from Northeast Louisiana University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She owns her own business as a Rodan and Fields independent consultant. She resides in Edgemont, Arkansas, with her husband, Rodney Bailey. Her favorite pastime is traveling to see her three daughters, Halley, Madison, and Anna Clare, and Rodney’s son, Tanner.
Mr. Floyd Brantley, a 97-year-old World War II and Korean War Veteran, will also join us, and we are excited to hear his story.
Brantley entered the U.S. Navy at 18 and served as a pharmacist mate second class while stationed in the Solomon Islands. Between patching up the wounded and taking in the local flavor, he felt profoundly homesick.
“You never know, until you’re in another country, how great America is,” he said. “In war, of course, you see people in other countries, and they’re all like, ‘Take me to America! Take me to America!’ Many men have been overseas and have seen hardship. Going home to America, many men got off the ship and off the airplane, and they kissed the ground to be back in this great country for what they had gone through.
“There’s no other country like it. One thing we really need to do is teach more patriotism in school. That’s very important, God and country and the family and their importance. It’s at the top of the list.”
Brantley studied business at Stephen F. Austin College and then transferred to Baylor University, where he majored in business and education. With one year to go, the Korean War broke out, and Brantley, then in the Naval Reserves, was called up as a medic. He switched branches from Navy to Air Force through the campus ROTC and was soon to be called to Korea as a transportation officer.
Partner with us today for our First Annual Gala
"As a sponsor at this year’s ORWB Gala, you will assist the Foundation in honoring veterans and helping address the needs of those who served and their families through physical assistance." Rebecca Barnard, ORWB Foundation Chairman