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Thursday, May 10th, 2012
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Arts Guild Hosts Award Winning Author LaGuardia-Kotite

The Arts Guild of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and the Patsy Bland Team of Century 21 Wilson-Minger Agency will host award-winning author and U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduate Martha LaGuardia-Kotite May 16, 11:30 a.m. at Miramar Beach’s Embassy Suites Hotel.

At this patriotic spring luncheon, Stars & Stripes, A Star-Spangled Salute, LaGuardia- Kotite will share her compelling stories and tributes to those men and women who have served our country with excerpts from her newly-released books, My Name is Old Glory: A Celebration of the Star-Spangled Banner and Changing The Rules of Engagement. The luncheon will include a book signing with a portion of book sales benefitting Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s arts and education programs.

LaGuardia-Kotite is a Captain (select) in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and has served with distinction, earning many personal awards during her 22 years of duty. As a spokesperson for the Coast Guard in 2010, she served as Press Secretary for Admiral Thad Allen (USCG Ret.), the Commandant and National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Her work has appeared in top-tier publications and newspapers.

She lives on the Emerald Coast of Florida with her husband and two sons.


For decades now, the poem “My Name Is Old Glory” has been read at military retirements and patriotic ceremonies. Composed by Howard Schnauber, it expresses the World War II Marine’s feelings about “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

In LaGuardia-Kotite and co-author Trish Marx’s book, Schnauber’s simple but powerful lines blend with timeless images—from a civil rights march to the Moon landing, from Iwo Jima to 9/11—capturing the courage, strength and glory embodied in our national treasure.


Founded in 1995, The Arts Guild represents men and women comprised of individuals, business leaders, artists and patrons of the arts. Programs feature a broad spectrum of artists including authors, chefs, jewelers, singers, musicians and visual artists.

The luncheon is $25 for MKAF members and $35 for not-yet members. For reservations, contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation at (850) 650-2226.