Chapter Hosts 11th Annual Salute To Soldiers Holiday Celebration

Friday, December 21, 2018

The Fairfax-Lee Chapter was once again proud to host its annual Salute to Soldiers Holiday Celebration on Thursday, 20 Dec at the Fort Belvoir Officers Club. Over 200 Service Members and families attended the Celebration which was free to E6/GS8s and below and their families. The rain did not deter the Santa and Mrs. Claus or the Christmas spirit as everyone enjoyed the festivities of the evening. Dignitaries attending included Mr. Mark Keam, 35th District , Virginia House of Delegates, LTG (R) David Halverson, CEO, Cypress Int'l, LTG (R) Patricia McQuistion, Vice President for Meetings and Membership, AUSA, COL Michael Greenberg, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison - Ft. Belvoir, and the Garrison CSM, CSM Corey J. Perry. 

It was non-stop fun, starting with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa, a delicious buffet dinner with multiple desserts including 200 Christmas cupcakes baked by Mrs. Donna Britt. Dinner was followed with lively entertainment by the Ilima Serenaders and the Hui O Ka Pua Ilima Hula Troupe led by Aunti Carol. Then it was time for the kids to line up for presents from Santa. Children of all ages got to pick from the large assortment of donated new, unwrapped toys that were under the tree. Smiles and shouts of joy could be heard again and again. 

If that wasn't enough DJ Rob cranked up the volume and got the place hopping with his mix of current dance hits. Kids and parents alike were showing off their moves!

The Fairfax-Lee Chapter greatly appreciates the generosity of all the sponsors. GOLD Sponsor: Nancy Jean Louis, AveryHess Realtors. SILVER Sponsor: Holyfield Team, AveryHess Realtors, Cypress Int'l, Adept Force Group, Ken and Donna Britt. FULL Table Sponsor: Mr. Stanley Crow, Mr. Richard Hardie, The McJohnsons, Anna Englehard-Barfield, AveryHess Realtors, Ingrid Myers, AveryHess Realtors, and Kim Ramey, George Mason Mortgage LLC. Half Table Sponsor: Ron Putnam, PAL. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!