Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of A&E Networks and the History channel received the Distinguished Advocate Award for her work with military veterans’ organization Team Rubicon on Friday at the Skirball Cultural Center before an audience of donors and supporters including former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus and Jose L. Cuisa, Philippines ambassador to the United States.
Dubuc, whose grandfathers were WWII veterans, has been working with Team Rubicon for almost two years, producing PSAs, special events and fund drives. She said she first heard of the organization through some of her co-workers.
“It actually came to my attention through some of the folks on my History team. The History brand has long been a supporter of not only our troops but organizations that support our troops. This is a great organization that touches not only on the community but also the veterans so it’s a perfect marriage of what we stand for,” she said. “It’s great to be honored. It’s always strange to get an honor from people who are the ones that should be honored.
It’s humbling and lovely but really, it’s about them.”
Team Rubicon was founded by Jake Wood and consists of veterans working with first responders in disaster areas. Since its inception in 2010, the organization has deployed vets to more than 70 areas in need of help including Haiti and the Philippines.
“When we talk about Nancy Dubuc, we use the term kickass,” said Wood.
“You and the History channel have been such a huge factor in our world for the past couple of years. During that time Team Rubicon went from just a few volunteers and staff members to over 20,000 strong across the United States. Thank you for helping us kick ass.”
Cocktails and a dinner of salad, brisket and turkey with cranberry sauce was followed by a auction that offered attendees a chance to bid on trip to New York Fashion Week as VIP guests, surfing lessons with pro Laird Hamilton and a Napa Valley Wine experience including a dinner at the Michelin-starred French Laundry restaurant.
Lessons with Hamilton sold for more than both Fashion Week ($10,000) and Napa ($11,000) with an ending bid of $20,000.
(Pictured: Gen. David Petraeus and Nancy Dubuc at the Team Rubicon Salute to Service Awards)