A Night of Honor
Raytheon, FC Dallas Soccer Team Honor Veterans, First Responders
Nearly 16,000 fans cheered for dozens of veterans and first responders who took the field at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on Aug. 9. The occasion was Protect and Serve Night, hosted by Raytheon and the FC Dallas Major League Soccer franchise under a partnership created this year.
The event held deep meaning for Tim Brown, a Raytheon integrated product team leader and a U.S. Army veteran. “It was a great feeling seeing the fans and their appreciation,” he said.
Protect and Serve Night was the largest of the three community events held this year by the partnership between Raytheon and the FC Dallas franchise. Lynn Dugle, president of Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services division, performed the ceremonial first kick. At halftime, veterans, Raytheon employees and members of the North Texas RAYVETS employee resource group were invited onto the field, and a Raytheon video thanking those who serve was shown to the crowd.
Event volunteer Toni Havlik, a Raytheon talent and acquisition manager who helps transitioning veterans find jobs, took great pride in the effort. “With 20 percent of our workforce being former military, it’s a strong commitment to who we are as Raytheon,” she said.
Raytheon and the FC Dallas Foundation previously sponsored “Science of Soccer” and “World of Innovation College Scholarship,” events designed to encourage middle school and high school students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The events allowed students to train with FC Dallas players, and recognized local high school seniors with strong potential for success in STEM fields.
Kim Parks, community relations manager for Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems division, said working with FC Dallas offers multiple opportunities to express the company’s community values.
“We focus on STEM, we focus on military and we focus on community,” Parks said. “And with this final event, we saw an opportunity to pull all those facets together.”
FC Dallas has held military appreciation events in the past, but sees new opportunities in the partnership with Raytheon.
“This partnership allowed us to free up that space and honor the brave men and women who serve our country and our communities,” said Melissa Jannetta, business development director for FC Dallas.
Last Updated: 08/18/2014