It will be followed by a dinner and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. at the Shrine Auditorium. Tickets for the film are $40. Tickets for the dinner are $125. The dinner includes a talk-back session with Mark “OZ” Geist, a CIA private security contractor who survived Benghazi, and Harry Bolgna, a retired Navy Seal Chief of the Development Group who lost his legs in 2015 in Afghanistan. A fundraiser for the Shadow Warriors Project will open at 2 p.m. on June 5 with the screening of the film, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” at the Babcock Theatre.
Christopher Kortlander, owner of the historic town of Garryowen and director of the Custer Battlefield Museum, is organizing the fundraiser.
The Shadow Warriors Project Fund of the Dallas Foundation was created by Geist, who was injured on Sept. 11, 2012, inside the CIA security annex in Benghazi, Libya, during a terrorist attack. Geist’s injuries prevented him from being able to return to work, which made it difficult to provide for his family. The Shadow Warriors project is dedicated to support private military security contractors who conduct paramilitary security operations in some of the world’s most dangerous places.
“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” directed by Michael Bay, is a film about the 2012 events when Islamic militants attacked the American Diplomatic Compound in Benghazi, and killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, veteran Air Force airman and Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and two elite ex-military operators, Navy SEALs Tyrone “Rone” Woods and Glen “Bub” Doherty.
The screening will be followed by a limited-seating dinner and silent auction, with a question and answer session regarding the events that transpired in Benghazi.
Net proceeds benefit Bologna and other Shadow Warriors.
For more information about this event, go to foreverahero.org. For dinner information and reservations, contact Debbie Winburn at 406-679-3793.