The 38th Annual 

Illinois All Academy Ball 

Event information coming soon... 

Interested in being a sponsor? We welcome your partnership.
Want to stay connected to learn about event planning? Please email us. 



Tammy McMiller, President and Chair
United States Military Academy 

Patty Cortese, Vice President 
United States Naval Academy 
Eric A. McMiller I, Treasurer 
United States Military Academy
Tammy Nigam, Secretary
United States Military Academy


United States Military Academy 

Luke McMiller 

Bill Ratzer

United States Air Force Academy 

Anna Adams

Sheila Alexander   


United States Naval Academy

Michelle Hinca 

United States Coast Guard Academy 

Parent Club Board Members 

United States Merchant Marine Academy 

Parent Club Board Members 


What is the Illinois All Academy Ball?

The IAAB (Illinois All Academy Ball) is an annual event held in the Chicago area honoring and connecting cadets, midshipmen, alumni and parents of the five federal services academies: the U.S Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis), the U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs), the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (New London) & the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point).

For more than 30 years, the parent clubs of the five U.S. service academies have worked together to create an appreciation event for the young men and women who attend our nation's service academies. This formal event, the IAAB, has been a way for us to celebrate and encourage these future leaders and thank them for their willingness to serve our great nation. It is an opportunity for the cadets and midshipmen to enjoy camaraderie, good food, a memorable speaker, and dancing.  


What is the Service Academy Parents Club?

The Joint Services Academies of Illinois Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, made possible by the hard work of volunteers from parent associations of the five service academies. Our parent volunteers work together with sponsors and donors to underwrite and organize this annual event. All monies raised are to support bringing together military cadets/midshipmen and families and help to defray the cost of this celebration of service by our young men and women.

What is the purpose of the Illinois All Academy Ball?

To support Illinois region service academy parent clubs planning and coordination to host this memorable annual event. Each year, one of the academies serve as the chair, and the academy that will take on the reign the following year serves as the vice president. Our mission is to honor the young men and women that have committed themselves to our country. We also solicit and encourage Illinois politicians and businesses to support this marquee event by attending or through sponsorship.


What happens at the event?

Illinois cadets and midshipmen along with their date, family,  and friends will enjoy a unique virtual experience.

When/where is the event?

Information will be added soon.

Who can attend?

All cadets, midshipmen, their dates, family members and friends. In addition, elected officials, community leaders, business leaders, and first responders. 

How much does it cost to attend the event?

Information will be added soon. 

What is the dress code?

Dress Uniforms for cadets and midshipmen. Family and friends should wear dress attire (formal/semi formal).

Can I volunteer to help? 

Yes! We need cadets, midshipmen, and parents to volunteer. If you are volunteering or considering volunteering, thank you! This is an event that requires help from all academy cadet and midshipmen family members (ages 14 and older). Below, you will find an overview of volunteer opportunities. 

  • Color Guard

  • Missing Man Table- conduct required activities to honor fallen and missing soldiers.  

  • Firstie Toast

  • Fundraising Activities (must be over 18 years of age)- manage activities and sell raffle tickets during the event.  

  • Wine Pull (must be over 21 years of age)- manage wine pull activities and collect monies. 

  • National Anthem Performance- sing the National Anthem at the event. 

  • Event Set-up- Help coordinate and implement table settings, signage, etc. 



If you are considering sponsoring the year 2021 event, thank you! This annual event supports young men and women that are dedicated to our country. We appreciate your display of gratitude for their commitment to our country and their sacrifice. Please contact us at to discuss sponsorship.