American Freedom Fund Announces 2018 Manhattans, Martinis & Mistletoe Veterans Awards Gala

Washington, D.C. – November 8, 2018 –  Manhattans, Martinis and Mistletoe (M3) Veterans Awards Veterans Awards Gala is pleased to announce its celebrity line-up for this year’s event. In addition to emcee Graham Allen, philanthropist and host of Rant Nation,

M3 has quickly become the signature party of the holiday season for the Washington social scene, and 2018 5th Annual event promises to bolster that sentiment.

Donald R. Bramer, Co-Founder & Executive of American Freedom Fund and a combat veteran, said, “This event was founded to honor and celebrate our Veterans community and with the core sentiment of veterans helping veterans. We believe that when the mission is over, the service to our community – and to each over – continues. We are never alone and I continue to be not only humbled, but impressed by the fellow veteran organizations, corporate sponsors and the countless Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle who step up to support this event.”

This year’s event will be emceed by Army Veteran, philanthropist and host of Rant Nation, Graham Allen, and will feature celebrity guests and co-hosts from the veteran and entertainment community. The honorees include the 2018 Veteran Owned Small Business, the 2018 Patriots Sports Veteran MVP, three VSO Heroes Awards and special recognition going to Gen. H.R. McMaster for his career of service to the nation and the Veteran community.

WHAT: 2018 Manhattans, Martinis & Mistletoe (M3)
HOST: American Freedom Fund
WHEN: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 / 7pm
WHERE: National Museum for Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue, NW

The Story of American Freedom Fund

American Freedom Fund (AFF), 501(c)(19), was founded in 2016 by three combat veterans, LT Don Bramer, MAJ Rob Miller, and Petty Officer Gabe Stecker. After their individual tours of duty, they sought a way to continue serving their brothers and sisters in arms by providing the Veteran community the opportunity; the means to maintain the fellowship; and the support of the military as they transition towards their next career.

AFF empowers Active Duty, Reserve and Separated Service Members through a mission of athletics, education, and advocacy. The goal of AFF is simple: provide a place for active duty and Veteran service members to come together in a spirit of camaraderie to participate in recreational AND competitive sports; to afford the means and opportunity for student Veterans who seek a career in defense or public policy to achieve the next step in their goals; and to raise awareness and financial support for Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) that are providing crucial resources for Veterans in the community.

Each year, AFF honors three outstanding VSOs for dedication and support to the Veteran community with an award at the annual Manhattans, Martinis and Mistletoe gala in Washington, DC. This event also provides AFF the opportunity to offer monetary support to other VSOs in need as they work towards their mission of empowering the Veteran community.


Aaron Childress
Advisory Board Member
American Freedom Fund
[email protected]
(316) 835-0311