• Event Time 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • Event Start Date May 17, 2017
  • Event Location 1127 Connecticut Avenue Northwest

The 2017 Ice Foundation 7th Annual Gala will be held at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. The money raised from this important event helps to support the over 20,000 men and women of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) by actively promoting public safety and Homeland Security here at home and abroad. In addition, each year, the Foundation provides financial support for the families of ICE Law Enforcement Officers as well as survivors of crimes rescued by ICE and its counterparts.



The Mayflower Hotel
The Grand Ballroom
1127 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20036



Mike Baker


During a career spanning over 15 years as a covert field operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Mike specialized in counterterrorism, counternarcotics and counterinsurgency operations. He engaged in, organized and supervised operations around the globe, working in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the former Soviet Union and elsewhere. He was recognized professionally for outstanding performance and for operational achievements in hostile environments.

After leaving government service, Mike co-founded Diligence LLC, a global intelligence, investigations, risk management and security firm that has grown over the past decade into one of the acknowledged industry leaders. As a principal partner he has led the company as it expanded around the world, opening offices in London, New York, Washington DC, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Brussels and Geneva. He also established the company’s security operations in Iraq, building a team of over 300 expat and local personnel involved in security and information collection.

The Diligence Advisory Board has included numerous senior leaders from the intelligence world, government and business. The non-executive Chairman is Judge William Webster, former Director of both the CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Lord Charles Powell, former National Security Advisor to Margaret Thatcher, Mack McClarty, former Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton and several others have worked with Mike and the Diligence management team to create business opportunities and assist in the company’s growth strategy. Investors and partners have included Haley Barbour, the former Governor of Mississippi and Ed Mathias, senior partner of The Carlyle Group.

Mike is a regular contributor in the national and international media on intelligence, security, counterterrorist issues, geopolitical affairs and cybersecurity. He appears regularly on Fox News and CNN, as well as other major media outlets.

In addition, Mike is the co-host of America Declassified, a weekly series that premiered on the Travel Channel in November 2013.  He is also the co-host of World Access, a new weekly series premiering on Travel Channel in late 2015. Previously, Mike hosted the popular British reality television show “SPY”.

He is also a partner in Classified Trash, a television and film production company. Represented by AGI Entertainment, he is involved in the creation and development of scripted and unscripted television shows, and serves as a technical consultant and script advisor for feature films and television.



Mary Millben


Mary Millben, esteemed performer for sitting Presidents Trump, Obama and Bush, is slated to perform at the 2017 ICE Foundation Gala. In just a few short years, this stunning soprano has performed for The White House, the United States Congress, Off-Broadway, Major League Baseball, the XLIII Superbowl Halftime Show with Bruce Springsteen, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, to name a few.  Mary has also performed for Oprah Winfrey, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Her Royal Highness Princess Basmah Bint Saud Bin Abdulaziz, Canadian business magnate Jim Pattison, and most recently Mary performed for the 58th Presidential Inauguration Victory Celebration of President Donald J. Trump.

Mary joins us on the heels of the release of her highly anticipated debut single “Grace Will Lead Me Home.” The stirring hymn was exclusively premiered on BET’s inspirational ‘A Joyful Noise’ program April 9th. Mary was the featured soloist for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Opening gala for donors, the 2016 Rio/U.S. Olympic Announcement Ceremony for USA Team Fencing, and was a soloist in the 2008 National Symphony Orchestra Pops Christmas concert led by the late Marvin Hamlisch and Dr. Joyce Garrett. Mary made her New York debut at the Westchester Broadway Theatre starring in Ray Roderick’s Gershwin musical ‘S Wonderful. Mary is a Global Ambassador for Education Africa, a National Spokesman for American Federation for Children, and a board member of ScholarVets.

The moment listeners hear Mary’s voice they understand why the most powerful leaders in the world are fans.



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Effective December 31, 2018, the Board of the ICE Foundation recently voted to officially close down the foundation and cease all operations.  However, an entirely new and separate organization, the Homeland Security Philanthropy Council, has been created and will take up many of the positive legacy programs of the former ICE Foundation.  The Homeland Security Philanthropy Council will be similar to the ICE Foundation but will assume a broader remit to assist law enforcement agencies within the Department of Homeland Security. ICE Foundation Executive Director James Barchiesi and several ICE Foundation Board members will help with the transition and continue their philanthropic efforts by supporting the Homeland Security Philanthropy Council.  However, it is important to clarify that the ICE Foundation will sunset at the end of 2018 and that the Homeland Security Philanthropy Council will be a new entity without any official connection to the former ICE Foundation. The ICE Foundation Board members would like to sincerely thank the many generous supporters of the ICE Foundation who have assisted our efforts over the years to support the ICE mission and the men and women of ICE and their families.

For further information about the Homeland Security Philanthropy Council please see their website