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Veterans Club hosts inaugural military ball

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Incline's veterans were dressed in full uniform at the Oct. 9 Military Ball.

Polished brass, medals, awards, and countless years worth of collective military accomplishments were amassed at the Tahoe Grand Ballroom at the Chateau on Oct. 9, thanks to the efforts of the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Veterans Club.

Under the auspices of the IVGID Parks & Recreation Department-Senior Programs, the IV/CB Veterans Club hosted the first "Military Ball," an evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment for the entire community including local veterans, dignitaries and military supporters, with more than 130 in attendance.

The event honored veterans from World War II and the Korean War with food, music, and activities reflective of the era.

Master of Ceremonies, Col. Steve Price, USAF (ret), provided expert navigation through the various programs.

Special attention to evening details included themed dinner fare of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots with a side of S.O.S. and biscuits, prepared excellently by IVGID's Food and Beverage crew led by Chef Bill Vandenburg Jr.

Decorations added to the atmosphere and included war memorabilia gleaned from personal collections, olive drab cans of commemorative Spam, and plenty of red, white, and blue.

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Attendees were treated to a slide show, clips from famous Bob Hope military shows, door prizes, dance contests including Jitterbug, Swing and Waltz, and a drawing for the raffle prize of two nights and three days at the Manchester Grand Hyatt – San Diego with airfare provided by Southwest Airlines.

A 92nd birthday tribute was given to club patriarch, Harry Vanderlinder, recognizing his military contributions as an Air Force aviator.

The planning for next year's Military Ball is already in the works, with a focus on paying tribute to all Vietnam-era veterans.

Next year, IV/CB Veterans Club President Bob Wheeler assures that preliminary plans will spotlight music from the 50s, 60s and 70s, period decorations and food, plus special recognition of all veterans of Vietnam duty.

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