Thank a Hero: Give a Soldier a Night Out to the Army Birthday Ball

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Donating a ticket to the annual Army Ball is a generous way to tell a soldier "Thank You" for serving their country.

Donating a ticket to the annual Army Ball is a generous way to tell a soldier “Thank You” for serving their country.

Thousands of Soldiers from Southern California have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan over the long decade of war in those countries. These are local heroes – men and women who’ve left their jobs, their families and their lives behind to serve our country. These soldiers – and their families – have sacrificed more than most can ever imagine.

There are serious issues facing them as they return home: unemployment, homelessness, as well as the physical and mental strain of long deployments. They are just plain worn out!

But sometimes all soldiers want is a night out… a time to relax, be honored for their service and have a good time with their spouse or significant other. That’s what “Give A Soldier A Night Out” is all about.

This is an opportunity for a grateful community to honor them. Remember them. Salute them. Give them a bit of rest and relaxation (a.k.a. “fun!”). It is through the generous donations of individuals, companies and other groups that we are able to host these brave men and women to the annual Army Birthday Ball in Long Beach.

This night means a lot to them and the request for seats always far outstrips the donated seats available. It is great to see the joy on their faces as they dance the night away. Or the pride they show when asked to stand and be recognized by all present in the ballroom. They wear their uniforms with such honor.

The Army Birthday Ball takes place Friday, June 7, 2013 at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach; your donation can make it possible for a local Soldier to celebrate in style. Please consider making a donation for our Soldiers. You can donate $25, $50, $100 or more. Every donation makes a difference.

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of the United States Army  annual Army Birthday Ball is once again shaping up as a spectacular event. Always elegant and always fun, the event features a four-star dinner and live entertainment, followed by dancing to the exciting music of a top-rate band. Miss America and Miss California will again make an appearance. All of these entertainers have donated at least a portion of their normal fee to support the Soldiers.

You can buy a seat for yourself as well. It will be a special evening, spent in the company of heroes.

Join the GLAC/AUSA at the annual Army Birthday Ball in Long Beach on Friday, June 7 at the Westin Hotel. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m.

Donations can be made online. For more information, visit www.ausa.org/glac.

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of the United States Army is deeply committed to helping resolve these challenges. The association provides emergency financial assistance to families, getting homeless Veterans into transitional housing, hosting training classes and workshops, providing holiday gifts for military families in need and many other family programs.

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