Championing The Torch of Freedom Banquet

10553490_729240440457315_5750933406271422961_nyou are cordially invited to the
2018 Torch of Freedom Banquet
with Special Guest Speaker:


Save the Date!

Friday, Aug 3, 2018
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)

To become a sponsor, select a sponsorship type from the ticket menu above.


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


The 2017 Keynote Speaker was:

Former Ranger, Lynn Burnett

Lynn Burnett served in the U.S. Army Rangers for 13 years. He rose quickly through the ranks, where he served in the 2nd and 3rd Ranger battalions. Burnett was a machine gunner, platoon leader, combat patrol leader, Ranger instructor, and the first black Ranger officer in the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

Despite putting himself in harm’s way time and time again, leading troops into combat, Burnett says he may be a patriot, but insists he’s not a hero.

“A hero is someone who dedicates their life to helping lift people up and allowing them to become greater than they could become on their own. Someone with selfless sacrifice, who changes the lives of other people.”

After life in the Rangers, Burnett entered corporate America, working as a financial manager in Seattle, and now thrives as an entrepreneurial business owner in Seattle with his wife, Jo, and his two daughters, Grace and Hannah.

A final encouragement from Burnett: “Personal freedom is only part of the equation. You can have personal freedom, like we do in America, yet not have the economic freedom to take advantage of it. You need to have personal freedom and economic freedom. That’s what America is all about.”


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)

To become a sponsor, select a sponsorship type from the ticket menu above.


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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