First Annual Gala Fundraiser

We hosted our First Annual Gala Fundraiser on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at the University Plaza Convention Center. All proceeds went toward the yearly operational budget of the Center.

Our keynote speaker was Kris “Tanto” Paronto, one of the actual heroes and survivors of the 2012 Benghazi attack shown in the film “13 Hours.” We were very excited to have Kris join us for this date because our event fell on the week of 9/11, the exact day our keynote speaker defended the US Embassy and CIA Annex in Libya. What a better time for us to come together and support our active military and veterans alike!

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Kris “Tanto” Paronto

Hero, Benghazi Attack, September 11, 2012

Kris Paronto – “Tanto,” as he is fondly known by in security contracting circles – is a former Army Ranger from the 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and a private security contractor who has deployed throughout South America, Central America, the Middle East, and North Africa. He also worked with the US Government’s Global Response Staff conducting low profile security in high threat environments throughout the world.

Mr. Paronto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the US Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, September 11, 2012, helping to save over 20 lives while fighting off terrorists attacking the CIA Annex for over 13 hours. Mr. Paronto’s story is told in the book 13 Hours, written by Mitchell Zuckoff and the five surviving annex security team members. Kris has also just released his personal memoir entitled The Ranger Way.

Mr. Paronto was born in Alamosa, Colorado, and obtained his Associate’s Degree from Dixie College (now Dixie State University) in St. George, UT; his Bachelor’s Degree from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO; and, his Master’s Degree from The University of Nebraska in Omaha, NE. He served 4 years in the US Army and an additional 4 years in the US Army National Guard reaching the rank of Sergeant then becoming a commissioned officer in 2003. He started contracting for Blackwater Security Consulting in 2003 and continued to deploy on various security contracts, including the Global Response Staff, until 2013.

Mr. Paronto has been involved in security operations in hostile environments for over 10 years. His team’s involvement with the September 11, 2012, attack on the US special mission in Benghazi, Libya, was paramount in the saving of US lives and assets. He is a proven leader, teammate, and friend to those who have deployed with him, plus a devout father to three children. His motto is John 15:13: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

On Sunday, September 9, 2018, Kris will share the inside story of what happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.

Click here to visit Kris Paronto’s official website.