On March 3rd, Blackstone was honored by the Navy SEAL Foundation with the 2016 Patriot Award for the firm’s commitment to hire 50,000 veterans over five years. Blackstone’s Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, Stephen Schwarzman, accepted the award on behalf of the firm with 250+ Blackstone employees in attendance. The event raised a record $9.3 million, with nearly $4 million of that coming from Blackstone employees and the firm’s broader network. 87% of Blackstone’s U.S. employees donated to the effort. Stephen A. Schwarzman was the Benefit Chairman, and the event was co-chaired by many others including Blackstone’s Joseph Baratta, David Blitzer, Dave and Barbara Calhoun, Michael Chae, John Finley, Bennett Goodman, Jon and Mindy Gray, J. Tomilson Hill, and Tony James.