Third annual Incline vets club Community Ball a huge success | SierraSun.com

Third annual Incline vets club Community Ball a huge success

Steve Price
Special to the Bonanza
1st Sergeant Larry Porter, back row, far right, was honored at the Community Ball.
Courtesy photo |

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Community Ball, sponsored by the IVCB Veterans Club, was a fantastic success. More than 140 community members celebrated the “75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor & the 25th Anniversary of Desert Storm.”

The evening began with a slideshow and video presentation. Each highlighted portions of those military actions. During that time, attendees reminisced about other events and times in the nation’s history.

Attendees were then chimed to dinner. As part of the formal patriotic portion of the evening, the colors were presented by the IHS Army ROTC color guard and the invocation delivered by Paul Reynolds.

Participants enjoyed a simple, but delicious, dinner of tri-tip, roast potatoes and green beans. As an added attraction, the standard military fare included biscuits and SOS. Dessert was peach cobbler with whipped cream.

IVGID Executive Chef Bill Vandenberg and his crew prepared the delicious buffet style meal. IVGID Sales & Events Coordinator Cathy Becker and her crew provided fabulous service, including accommodating the 5 couples who decided to attend at the last minute (an Incline Village “tradition”).

While waiting for their tables to be called to the buffet line, each table worked on completing a puzzle about the two military events. The winning table received two bottles of wine. The first puzzles were completed in approximately ten minutes (the next closest table took close to 15 minutes).

The evening’s special guest was Howard Hayes, a 96 year-old Pearl Harbor survivor. Nearly everyone stopped by to congratulate and thank him.

Following dinner, the Veterans Club made a special presentation to 1st Sergeant Larry Porter USA, Retired. He was lauded for his outstanding service to our nation and for his selfless service to the thousands of cadet/students he has instructed during his 25 years as an ROTC instructor at Incline High School. He will complete his 25th year at end of the current school year. The community owes him a tremendous debt of gratitude for helping develop our nation’s future leaders.

Next on the agenda were the “main events” — raffle drawings including the grand prize and door prizes. Seven door prizes totaling more than $600 were drawn. They ranged from dinners at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno to two baseball hats from the Veterans Guest House in Reno. Landen Chau, a senior at Sierra Nevada College and USAF veteran, won, of all things, two boxes of MREs (military “meals ready to eat”).

The raffle prizes totaled $4,000. The grand prize was a round-trip for two on Southwest Airlines to Seattle and two nights/ three days at the Grand Hyatt-Seattle. Other terrific prizes were donated by the Atlantis Casino, Clint Moschetti of Security Lock and Alarm, and Darcie Conway of Integrity Property Management.

The Veterans Club salutes each attendee for helping to raise funds for veterans in need, and veterans support organizations. Please remember that ALL funds raised are distributed to veterans.

Dancing to the music of “Jacked-Up” began at 8 p.m. and believe it or not lasted until 10:30. This may be an Incline Village record!

The Veterans Club wants to thank the IVGID Senior Programs family for their dedicated efforts on this ball and for all that they do for seniors. A special thanks to the Recreation Supervisor, Jennifer Moore.

We hope to see you next year at the fourth annual Community Ball, an event for all, whether you are a veteran or not.

U.S. Air Force Col. Steven Price (ret.) is an Incline Village resident and president of the The Incline Village/Crystal Bay Veteran’s Club. Visit bit.ly/1PtzA4b to learn more about the club.