WAVE Gala - A Celebration of Service

  • One John Nolen Dr.
  • Madison, WI 53703
  • Phone: (608) 264-6086

WAVE (Wisconsin Association of Veteran Employers) invites everyone to attend the first annual WAVE Gala – A Celebration of Service on Saturday, October 27, 2018, 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM at the Monona Terrace in Madison.

Some of Dane County's largest employers recently came together in an effort to drive education, awareness, and collaboration for the local veteran community. WAVE (Wisconsin Association of Veteran Employers) was the result of this newly formed partnership. WAVE is working to bring Madison area employers together to educate our business community on challenges our veterans face, share best practices on recruiting, hiring, & retaining our veterans as well as provide employers with ideas on how to begin and/or strengthen their own veteran business resource groups.

You are invited to this semi-formal evening of cocktails, dining, special guests, live music and dancing as we celebrate the service of veterans, active duty, military families, their employers, and organizations that support them.

WAVE Special Guests
Local Guest Speaker, Jorge Hidalgo

Jorge Hidalgo is a West Point graduate and Army veteran who continues to serve the military and veteran community. He is the owner and General Manager of Wilde East Town Honda in Madison and serves as Vice President on the Fisher House Wisconsin Board of Directors. Jorge and his wife, Andrea have four children; the two elder sons serve in the Army and Marines. Their youngest, also a West Point Graduate, was Killed in Action on February 20, 2011.

National Guest Speaker, Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a former Washington Post associate editor and senior correspondent. He is the author of several bestselling books including, "For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism and Sacrifice". The author of Green Zone, Chandrasekaran is an accomplished speaker who appears regularly on CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. Today he is a senior vice president for Public Affairs at Starbucks.

This event is made possible by contributions from the following WAVE partners: American Family Insurance, WPS Health Insurance, Covance Laboratories, CUNA Mutual Group, Randstad Technologies, and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

  • Times: 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Admission: $50.00/ticket