Marines Among Those Honored With Hero's Dinner

Paul Chapa, chairman and president of The Food Industry Serving Heroes Foundation spoke at a heroes’ dinner the nonprofit organized at the Pacific Views Event Center. Marine Corps Photo by Pfc. Emmanuel Necoechea

Paul Chapa, chairman and president of The Food Industry Serving Heroes Foundation spoke at a heroes’ dinner the nonprofit organized at the Pacific Views Event Center. Marine Corps Photo by Pfc. Emmanuel Necoechea

A group of Camp Pendleton Marines and several civilians were honored with a heroes’ dinner prepared by Celebrity TV Chef Rick Tarantino at the Pacific Views Event Center on base Jan. 21.

The event was organized by the nonprofit Food Industry Serving Heroes Foundation, aka FISH, to recognize the sacrifices of service members.

Brig. Gen. Edward D. Banta, the base’s commanding general, introduced the 27 recipients who were chosen for their superior performance, including 21 Marines and six civilians.

This is the 18th heroes’ dinner that the foundation’s president, Paul Chapa, and Chef Tarantino, a member of the foundation’s board, have hosted across the country over the past several years.

The Kansas-based foundation established in 2013 provides programs to improve the quality of life for troops, veterans and their families in partnership with food retailers, manufactures and supporters of the military.

This story was written by Linda Mcintosh who can be reached at linda.mcintosh@sduniontribune.com

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