Tawani Extends U.S. Naval Institute Partnership
The Tawani Foundation of Chicago has awarded the Naval Institute a three-year, $150,000 grant to support our naval heritage initiatives through 2012. The partnership is derived from the foundation’s mission to promote awareness of the importance of the “Citizen Soldier” through preserving military history and heritage and honoring the history of military personnel through recognition of achievement.
The Institute’s fruitful association with the Tawani Foundation dates to 2003. Our relationship with Tawani founder Colonel James N. Pritzker, a USNI Life Member, began in 1980. Through Tawani’s past generosity, the Institute collaborated with the Department of Defense and the Chief of Naval Information to profile the Battle of Midway, providing original audio and narration for more than four hours of Internet radio podcasts covering the Doolittle Raid, the Battle of the Coral Sea, and the Battle of Midway. The series was broadcast by the Pentagon Channel, the Department of the Navy, and the Institute, resulting in more than 500,000 downloads.