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Incline Village veterans club preps for inaugural Military Ball

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The Incline Village Crystal Bay Veterans is holding a Veterans Military Ball on Oct. 9 from 5-9 p.m. at The Chateau in Incline Village.

According to a press release from the group, the ball is a salute to all veterans, but it is especially a tribute to World War II and Korean War veterans. It is open to the public.

The event is a first for the Incline Village club, and also serves as its first major fundraiser, said President Bob Wheeler.

"Of note, we have new members of our club who are veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," he said. "(The ball) will be an opportunity for non-veterans to see what a military ball is like, although there will be a few modifications … We are hoping to attract young adults who may not know much about that important era of our nation's history."

The ball involves dinner and an evening of music, fun events/activities from that era, and possibly a dance contest. The event also will include displays of memorabilia, such as photos, clothing and equipment models.

"We also will have special video by Bob Hope, 'Somewhere in the South Pacific,' plus another video on our local Nevada Air National Guard Wing's participation in the recent ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion," Wheeler said.

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Cost is $40 for the dinner, which includes free non-alcoholic drinks. A no-host bar will also be available. Groups can buy 10 tickets for $360.

"We are also conducting an associated raffle," Wheeler said. "We hope that those who cannot make the Ball can at least buy a ticket or two."

Raffle tickets are $10 each. The winner receives airline tickets for two from Reno to San Diego on SW Airlines and two nights and three days at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, a donated package valued at $2,300

Dress is military uniform from all eras (dress or daily uniform with tie) or jacket and tie for men. Ladies can dress for the 1940s or early 1950s, or wear a cocktail-type outfit.

Call the Incline Village Recreation Center at 775-832-1310 to learn more, or go there to buy tickets in person.

ABOUT THE CLUB

The Incline Village Crystal Bay Veterans Club, now with more than 200 members, was established seven years ago.

Its mission is to aid, assist and support veterans and their families in the Incline Village and Crystal Bay area; and to support the Veterans Home and Veterans Hospital in Reno, the Incline Village High School Army JROTC program and other groups which support the interests of veterans, such as Honor Flight Nevada. All donations and funds raised go to support those entities.

The club meets at noon the last Thursday of the month from January to October, and its board meets year-round on the third Thursday of the month, typically at Aspen Grove. All veterans or friends of veterans are welcome to join or attend the group's meetings.

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