The PenFed Foundation Honors Community Heroes

The PenFed Foundation proudly recognizes the exceptional contributions of individuals and organizations dedicated to supporting our military communities. Through their advocacy, leadership, and dedication, they have significantly impacted the lives of veterans and active-duty service members.

Philanthropist and attorney Mary Boies awarded Renata Parras the Mary Boies Humanitarian Award for providing pro bono legal services to 43 members of a female tactical platoon who supported U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Thanks to Parras and her partnership with other law firms, 42 of these women have been granted asylum. 

Watch Humanitarian Mary Boies speak at the Celebration of Service Gala here.

PenFed Foundation CEO James Schenck honored distinguished leader Carmen Rosario with the National Community Hero Award for her trailblazing role as the first woman commander of The American Legion in Puerto Rico, and her tireless advocacy for military veterans. The PenFed Foundation also awarded a $25,000 grant to the American Legion post in Puerto Rico to support its initiatives across the island.

Left to Right: PenFed Foundation President Andrea McCarren, Service Dog in Training Pilot, Grant Recipient Carmen Rosario, and CEO James Schenck

PenFed Foundation President Andrea McCarren awarded Air Force Sergeant Michael Brennan the National Community Hero Award for his advocacy work promoting service dogs for veterans. Following his service in the Middle East, Brennan suffered from severe PTSD, but his life dramatically improved after he was matched with Service Dog Claudio from Canine Companions. In honor of Brennan’s advocacy, The PenFed Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to Canine Companions, and he’ll also have the unique opportunity to name a service dog.

Left to Right: Recipient Michael Brennan and family, Service Dog Claudio, and PenFed Foundation President Andrea McCarren

Entrepreneurs Erik Brine and Rob Raymond, founders of Operation Encore, were recognized with National Community Hero Awards for their work in elevating veteran and active-duty musicians through artist development and studio time. The PenFed Foundation supported their mission with a $25,000 grant to Operation Encore. 

Left to Right: Recipient Rob Raymond, PenFed Foundation President Andrea McCarren, and Recipient Erik Brine