Victory Ball

Celebrating Those Who Serve

Presented by Ray and Jessica Brandt Family Foundation

The 2019 Victory Ball will be a lavish reception featuring cocktails and culinary creations by The American Sector Restaurant & Bar, live music, entertainment, and dancing, as well as unlimited access to the Museum’s amazing pavilions and exhibit galleries throughout the evening.

Victory Ball is SOLD OUT! Tickets will not be sold at the door. Raffle tickets are still available for purchase. Winners need not be present at Victory Ball event to win. Thank you to all of our sponsors, patrons, and ticket buyers for helping us to celebrate our veterans!

Event Schedule

    6:00 p.m.

    Cocktail Reception | Hors d’Oeuvres | Exclusive Entertainment: Tiffany Pollock & Co.

    Sponsors and Patrons will receive early event entry as well as exclusive access to the Patron Party featuring a cocktail reception and passed hors d’oeuvres, private full bar, and entertainment.

    7:00 p.m.

    The National WWII Museum’s US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center

    Open Bars | Music & Dancing | Access to Museum Galleries

    Culinary Creations by The American Sector Restaurant & Bar

    Except for reserved seating, this is not a seated event. However, we will have plenty of first-come, first-served table seating for dinner and an area for rest in between dancing and enjoying the evening’s activities. If you require a seat, we recommend you purchase an upper-level sponsorship package that includes reserved seating.


    The Victory Swing Orchestra

    The Yat Pack


    Service Uniform, Cocktail Attire, or 1940s Dress Encouraged

    Receive 20% off your purchase of 1940s-inspired clothing and accessories at the Museum’s Corner Boutique with proof of ticket purchase! Located at the corner of Andrew Higgins Drive and Magazine Street.

    8:15 p.m.

    Featuring Honorary Chairman Specialist Five James C. McCloughan

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    Specialist Five James C. McCloughan

    Specialist Five James C. McCloughan

    Specialist Five James C. McCloughan was raised in the rural area of Bangor, Michigan. Drafted into the US Army in 1968, McCloughan served as a combat medic with the Americal Division where he rose to the rank of Specialist Five. In one battle alone, “Doc” McCloughan was credited with moving into the “kill zone” on 10 different occasions, saving 10 American lives and one Vietnamese interpreter’s life.

    A highly decorated veteran, Specialist McCloughan has received the Combat Medical Badge, two Purple Hearts, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and “V” device for valor, the US Army Valorous Unit Citation, the National Defense Service Medal, and several other accolades for his service in the Vietnam War. In 2017, he was recognized with the Congressional Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military commendation.

    In 1970, upon returning home from service to our country, McCloughan taught at South Haven High School for 38 years. In addition to teaching psychology and sociology, he coached football, wrestling, and baseball. He has been inducted into three athletic and three Michigan coaching hall of fames as well as the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

    Since retirement, McCloughan has remained dedicated to his community as a member of nonprofit organizations and has served on multiple charitable projects. Representing the Medal of Honor, he speaks across the country. McCloughan and his wife, Chérie, still reside in South Haven and have four adult children and seven grandchildren.

Don’t forget to visit the Museum on Monday, November 11, for our annual Veterans Day celebration. Join us as we honor all of our nation's veterans with a commemorative morning ceremony and special presentations throughout the day. This event is free and open to the public, and all veterans, reservists, and active-duty servicemembers receive free Museum admission.

Victory Ball Committee


Ticket Levels

A ticket purchase for Victory Ball includes event entry at 7:00 p.m. with food, beverages, and entertainment as well as access to the Museum’s pavilions and exhibit galleries throughout the evening.


Victory Ball Sponsors receive early event entry at 6:00 p.m., exclusive Patron Party access for the duration of the event, and recognition on all printed materials—including event invitation, event program, event web page, day-of-event signage, and the 2020 Annual Donor Wall and Annual Report.

Sponsor LIst

For more information on the 2019 Victory Ball, please contact us at 504-528-1944 x 334 or