May 2009 - The theme of the Greater Los Angeles Army Birthday Ball this year was "A Salute to NCOs - Backbone of the Army". In addition to the two sets of remarks, the NCOs were honored in numerous ways throughout the evening. The Chapter solicited donations from industry and individuals to "Give a Soldier a Night Out" and received over $46,000 in contributions, allowing 162 local soldiers to enjoy the Los Angeles Army Ball.
The Greater Los Angeles Chapter sponsored a visit by Katie Stamm, Miss America 2009, to the Long Beach VA Hospital. She was accompanied by two Board members and hosted by Richard Beam, director of Community Outreach at the hospital. Miss America met with dozens of wounded soldiers, families and staff in her two hours at the Hospital