2017 Championing The Torch of Freedom Banquet

10553490_729240440457315_5750933406271422961_nyou are cordially invited to the
2017 Torch of Freedom Banquet
with Special Guest Speaker.


Save the Date!

Friday, Aug 4, 2017
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Double Tree Hotel, 6505 IH 35 North, Austin, TX 78752


 

 

 


Sponsor the Banquet

Our sponsors make it possible for us to continue to host this wonderful program. Please consider one of the following sponsorship packages.
  • Founder – $2,500 (reserved table for 10, photo w/Guest Speaker; program listing)
  • Patriot – $1,500 (8 reserved seats, photo w/Guest Speaker; program listing)
  • Minuteman – $1,000 (6 tickets, photo w/Guest Speaker; program listing)
  • Sponsor – $400 (2 tickets, photo w/Guest Speaker; program listing)

Become a Sponsor!


Every year at Patriot Academy, we have a Torch of Freedom ceremonial graduation banquet. This has become a beloved tradition for parents, students, and lovers of freedom everywhere. Whether you’ve been before, or 2017 will be your first time, this year’s banquet is sure to be a very special treat.

WWII Marine Bill Johnson ceremonially passes the Torch to Patriot Academy graduates

WWII Marine Bill Johnson ceremonially passes the Torch to Patriot Academy graduates


meet-allen-westThe 2016 Keynote Speaker was:

LTC, Allen West, USA, Retired

During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones: in Operation Desert Storm, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was a Battalion Commander in the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, and later in Afghanistan. He received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals and a Valorous Unit Award.

In November of 2010, Allen was honored to continue his oath of service to his country when he was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.

Allen is currently President and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983. Its goal is to develop and promote private, free-market alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector.


Sponsor the Banquet

Our sponsors make it possible for us to continue to host this wonderful program. Please consider one of the following sponsorship packages.
  • Founder – $2,500 (reserved table for 10, photo w/Guest Speaker; program listing)
  • Patriot – $1,500 (8 reserved seats, photo w/Guest Speaker; program listing)
  • Minuteman – $1,000 (6 tickets, photo w/Guest Speaker; program listing)
  • Sponsor – $400 (2 tickets, photo w/Guest Speaker; program listing)

What People Say about the Banquet

“We attended the Patriot Academy banquet in 2010, and we were so blessed by the whole experience.  It was truly uplifting to see our veterans treated with so much honor, and then to see them turn and show that same level of respect to the graduates of Patriot Academy.  The whole evening was encouraging, inspiring, and gave a visionary perspective into the future of our nation.  It gave us hope!  We knew that the next year, we wouldn’t be coming alone, and we didn’t.  We brought friends and business associates, and encouraged parents to send students to Patriot Academy.  We love all that takes place at Patriot Academy, and then it all culminates in an amazing banquet celebration; making the week unforgettable.  It’s something we would never miss!”  –  Jeff and Andrea Moore, Kaufman, Texas

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In one student’s words, “The Graduation Dinner is the culmination of the Patriot Academy experience.  After a long, exciting and tiresome week, the dinner is an excellent time of reflection with friends, family and true American Heroes.  Throughout the week at Patriot Academy the experiences, speakers, and teachings help to instill a clear understanding of a Christian-Conservative worldview in order to help protect and maintain our God-given, essential liberties.  And then the dinner reveals just how much sacrifice has been given for those liberties. Spending the evening with American soldiers and veterans as they pass on the torch of freedom to us reveals the seriousness of our task.  When those who have already paid for your liberty look you in the eye and place that medal around your neck, those lessons take on a very real meaning.  The passing on of the torch of liberty from these Heroes is the crowning moment of Patriot Academy.  One that will inspire you to go and lead the change to protect the freedom that has been so dearly paid for.

The evening includes a rousing update on the advance of freedom around the country from an exceptional keynote speaker. (Past speakers include David Barton, Rafael Cruz, and Sen. Brian Birdwell.)  You’ll be treated to testimonies from students who have spent the week challenged and sharpened by a week of intensive training.  The evening culminates in a beautiful torch passing ceremony, in which veterans of our Armed Forces present students with their Torch of Freedom, symbolizing the passing of the Torch of Freedom from one generation to the next.

 

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Sgt. Derek Moore carries the Torch during the Closing Ceremonies

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Rafael Cruz (father of Sen. Ted Cruz) Keynotes at the 2012 Banquet Dinner

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A Patriot Academy Graduate Receives her Torch of Freedom Medallion

 

Join us in Austin, Texas for a very special evening.  We promise it will be unforgettable.

 

WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING

“Patriot Academy gave me so many life skills that I can use, even if I do not pursue a career in government. I learned how to take issues that are important to me and really make a difference with them in our government. I made friendships that will last a lifetime.”

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