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Opinion: Veteran’s Club salutes IVGID for wonderful Community Ball

Steven Price
Special to the Bonanza

On Thursday, Oct. 8, I had the privilege of participating in what many attendees have called one of the best events they have experienced since moving to Incline Village.

The Second Annual Community Ball, hosted by the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Veterans Club, was a Salute to Vietnam War veterans. More than 120 people attended.

The night was a mixture of remembrances (especially of Bob Wheeler), patriotism and fun. As they entered the Chateau, guests were greeted with a moving photo of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The evening featured food, music, and a themed trivia quiz from the era.

Highlighting the program were: a slide show commemorating Bob Wheeler’s many contributions to our nation and the IV/CB Veterans organizations; the Presentation of Colors by the IHS Army ROTC Color Guard; a tribute to Fallen/Missing Warriors; toasts to veterans for their devotion and service to their nation; dancing to fabulous music of the 60s and 70s; and, a fantastic video of a Para-Rescue (PJ) demonstration by the Air Force Rescue Squadron from Moffett Field.

The video was filmed cooperatively by the PJ’s and ON Star Digital Media, edited by ON Star Digital Media, and showcased their demonstration from last 4th of July.

Seven lucky attendees drew door prizes donated from area businesses. As a party favor, every attendee received a commemorative “dog tag” with a small military style can-opener attached.

After dinner, which included authentic SOS, came the Grand Prize Drawing — a trip to Denver for two with airfare provided by Southwest Airlines and two nights and three days of accommodations at the Grand Hyatt-Denver.

Our club was so fortunate to have so many donors. Please note that all funds raised go toward support of local veterans and their families, local veterans’ organizations, Honor Flight Nevada, and the IHS Army ROTC program.

This terrific event would not have been possible without the selfless support of the IVGID staff. In particular, the Veterans Club wants to thank the Chateau Staff and the Senior Programs Staff.

At the end of the evening, the club presented a special gift to Jennifer Moore as a token of thanks for all she does for veterans in general and the IV/CB Veterans Club in particular.

Yes everybody, the IVGID leadership and staff are dedicated to excellence. They do deserve our respect and praise — even at Board meetings. We veterans proudly salute them!

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