On Friday, August 7, 2015, Libertarian Patriots honored Ronnie Giles with its Armed Forces Veteran Entertainer Of The Year Award.
Dr. Thomas Robert Stevens, Founder & Executive Director of Libertarian Patriots, said the following in presenting Ronnie Giles with this Award:
Ronnie Giles is being honored with Libertarian Patriots' Armed Forces Veteran Entertainer Of The Year Award because of the countless shows he has performed for free at Community Centers, Libraries, VFW Halls, Nursing Homes, American Legion Chapters, Veterans Hospitals, and anywhere veterans or seniors have been in need of a little cheering up through quality entertainment. Despite living on a fixed income, Mr. Giles will do a show, without compensation, before any group of veterans or special-needs non-profit organization anywhere in the New York City metropolitan area, including all of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. Mr. Giles "gives back" every day and for this he deserves widespread recognition.
Mr. Giles joined the United States Army on October 29, 1965. He served in Vietnam (April, 1966 to April, 1967) as an Infantryman, Armored Personnel Carrier Driver, Ammo/Radio Man & Tunnel Rat with "A' Troop, 3/4 Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division, Cu Chi RVN. He was discharged from the Army in 1968, but in 1988, he rejoined the military full time. Post 9-11, he simultaneously worked on assignments with local, state and federal Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence Agencies. During his last six years of service, he was attached to the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C. and attained the rank of Sergeant First Class/E-7. After an Army career that spanned over four decades, he retired from the military, having reached his mandatory retirement age of 60 on November 13, 2007.
From 1968 to 1969, Ronnie Giles studied with William Hickey, Alice Spivak, and Kathryn Sergava at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York City. He is a member of SAG/AFTRA and the Actors Equity Association. Since his final retirement from the military in 2007, he has appeared to date in 14 feature films and in over 50 student/short/independent films in a variety of leading and supporting roles.
He has put together three cabaret shows at Don't Tell Mama. He specializes in doing Frank Sinatra and The Great American Songbook Tribute Shows.
The first, on June 21, 2014, was entitled The Revenge Of The Third Rate Lounge Singer. Charles Truenski (a/k/a Buddy Beaverhausen) wrote a review of that show, which you can read at
The second show, on March 6, 2015, was called My Favorite Baby Boomer Love Songs. George Strum, writing for Applause! Applause! reviewed that show, which you can read here:
His latest show, on July 30, 2015, was named The Good, The Bad & The Lovely. It was reviewed by Dr. Thomas Robert Stevens of Applause! Applause! which you can read at:
Ronnie Giles became a member of the Beaux Arts Society in 2014 (www.BeauxArtsSociety.org). He was appointed to serve as an Advisory Board Member and was designated a Patron Of The Arts (2014). On December 9, 2014, he was appointed to serve as a voting member of the Board of Directors. He served in that capacity until March 31, 2015, on which date he was appointed Advisory Board Chair.
Libertarian Patriots was founded by Dr. Tom Stevens on May 31, 2010 (when it was named Libertarian Patriots of New York - www.lpny.org). On August 9, 2010, because of the demand of many libertarians throughout the country to join, the Governing Board of Libertarian Patriots of New York changed the name of the group to Libertarian Patriots. Libertarian Patriots is a group of proud, patriotic Americans who respect and honor this country, its Founding Fathers, and the United States Constitution, while supporting libertarian principles such as support for smaller government, lower taxes, and more individual freedom. You can find Libertarian Patriots on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LibertarianPatriots/