Thanks to the dedication and diligent work by your birthday ball committee, the ball held on November 5th was a premium event. Our Guest of Honor, MSgt Duane King - Drum Major of the U.S. Marine Band - said he has attended more than 500 birthday balls in his 22-year career, including many in Washington DC and that this our ceremony was "as good or better than any of them, really first class." He spoke highly of all those who led and participated, and the environment of celebration which was created for all in attendance.
I have to thank Jim Yakubsin for his success in selling tickets, sponsorships and seating assignments. Assistant Chair Sandy Golden was responsible for the decoration and atmosphere in the room and procuring the items for the auctions. Sandra Torres-Pintos was the narrator and in charge of the traditional ceremony. Many thanks to Dave Snyder (TV20) once again for his support in entertainment (and bringing our old friend Ron Burgandy back to the stage.) Our DJ was "DJ Tibbs." Our photographer was Eric Borkowski. All of our audio-visual support was handled by Fred Judkins. We had volunteers who participated in the event and worked in positions of support during the evening and to those we said "Job Well Done."
Without our sponsors we would not have had the money to give you this superior event for only $35.00. ComfortTemp was a major donor. Joe Vasquez, SkyFrog Tree Service, donated many services. Kelly Harris, Kelly's Kreations, created and donated the valuable centerpieces. We also thank World of Beer, Hitchcock's Markets, Santa Fe College Subway, and Wade & Christie Wheeler for their generous donations.
Last year the bar was set high. This year we cleared it. As Marines do, we will move the bar a little higher and plan to meet that challenge on November 4th, 2017 at the next Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Gateway Grand.
Chairman, Birthday Ball Committee
Gator Detachment 990, Marine Corps League