All Star Salute to the Oregon Military...

May 21, 2012 | Posted in News & Updates


The Thayer Family (left to right): Amber Thayer (Tommy's wife), Tommy Thayer, BG James B. Thayer Sr., Mike Thayer, Kristy Thayer (Mike's wife), John Thayer and Jim Thayer Jr.

The "All Star Salute to the Oregon Military" gala raised over $400K, kicking off the two-year, $6.5 million Oregon Military Museum Capital Campaign last Friday evening May 18, at the Oregon Golf Club in West Linn, Ore. The museum will be named in honor of Retired Brigadier General James B. Thayer Sr., one of Oregon's finest military and civic leaders and father of KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer. In attendance were Honorary Co-Chairs, Oregon Governors Vic Atiyeh (1979-1987) and Ted Kulongoski (2003-2011), as well as special guests Robert Waxwell (Congressional Medal of Honor recipient), Master of Ceremonies Peter Jacobsen (PGA star), Bill Schonely (Basketball Hall of Fame), Doc McGhee (KISS manager) and Patrick Lamb (Grammy-nominated Jazz musician). The evening featured film documentaries on BG James B. Thayer Sr.'s career, and the History of the Oregon Military. A live auction that included a KISS autographed Epiphone guitar and KISS Concert package raised over $185K. The night culminated with a live performance by the Patrick Lamb Band that featured KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer joining in on several songs.

The Oregon National Guard Color Guard.

Robert Maxwell, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

L-R Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh (1979-1987), BG James B. Thayer Sr., Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski (2003-2011) and Doc McGhee.

Master of Ceremonies, Peter Jacobsen

Auction item, KISS autographed Epiphone guitar

Tommy Thayer jams with the Patrick Lamb Band

Photos: Brent Barnett & Pete Greene