“USO AIRMAN OF THE YEAR” AWARD AT THE WORLD GALA

2007-09-19

TITO ORTIZ TO PRESENT “USO AIRMAN OF THE YEAR” AWARD AT THE WORLD GALA HONORING MILITARY HEROES AND VOLUNTEERS IN D.C.

ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH

Huntington Beach, CA (September 19, 2007) – UFC Champion Tito Ortiz will attend the USO World Gala on Thursday, September 20th in Washington, D.C and will present the award to the “USO Airman of the Year.”

The gala starts with a reception at 6:30pm at the National Building Museum, 440 G. Street NW and is followed at 7:30pm by dinner, awards and entertainment.

Celebrating 66 years of service to military personnel and their families, the USO is honoring an enlisted hero representing each branch of the armed forces. Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England will receive the “Spirit of the USO” award. Additionally, David Wilson will be named the first “USO Volunteer of the Year.”

A strong supporter of the U.S. military, Ortiz recently went on a USO tour of Iraq where he visited with troops on bases across the region. “I learned more than ever before how real this war is. I am not only rededicating myself to our troops, but plan to go on another tour later this year,” said Ortiz.

Tito will be accompanied at the gala festivities by his girlfriend, cultural icon Jenna Jameson. Other celebrity guests will include comedian/TV host Craig Ferguson, actor Wilmer Valderrama, comedian Jeff Ross and NFL hall of famer Willie Lanier and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Chris Matthews is the master of ceremonies.

About Tito Ortiz

Jacob “Tito” Ortiz is a legendary MMA fighter. His career has been mostly within the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization where he was Light-Heavyweight champion and became one of the UFC’s shining stars. A native of Huntington Beach, CA, Ortiz is also known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” and is admired as both a colorful showman and talented athlete. His acting ability and charisma have earned him roles in several films and TV series, including an appearance on the CBS TV series “NUMB3RS.” He donates significant time to charitable work, makes appearances to support the U.S. troops and heads a successful sportswear firm, Punishment Athletics.

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