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Coronado Chamber Of Commerce Salute To The Military Ball Scheduled For April 18, 2020

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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 12:34 pm

The Coronado Chamber of Commerce’s 36th Salute to the Military Ball will be held Saturday, April 18, 2020. The theme of this year’s Ball, event which affords the citizens of Coronado the opportunity to celebrate the military, is ‘The Young & The Brave-Applauding Our Military Kids.’ The event will again be held in the Hotel Del Coronado’s Crown Room. The title sponsor of the Military Ball is Hilton Worldwide, with the Hotel Del Coronado also serving as a sponsor.

Serving for the fifth year as either Chairman or Co-Chairman of the Military Ball is Mike Woiwode, who discussed the recent history of the black-tie event. “We honored Vietnam Veterans two years ago and that resonated with the community. I would say we have gotten better connected with the community each of the last two years, with more community members attending. Some came due to their Veteran status and some came as sponsors. We like that trend and hope we can do more of that. Coronado is honoring the military and the more local participation we have, the better. We are anticipating hosting 100 military couples and in addition, we are hoping to host the spouses of some deployed military. One of our sponsors, Bob and Gail Barden, sponsored a table for themselves, one table for the Coronado Island Film Festival and one table for the spouses of the deployed. And they are doing that again this year. That helps us out a lot.”

One year ago, the Military Ball’s theme was, ‘Celebrating the Coronado Homefront-Honoring our Spouses.’ “We had excellent feedback on that theme,” Woiwode said. “We had a video that told stories of some of the spouses and we had mementos we gave to each of the military spouses in attendance, which were very much appreciated. Tony Perri will produce the video this year. He did the Vietnam Veterans video two years ago.”

Even though the event is still three months away, the roster of sponsors for the Military Ball is already impressive. In addition to Hilton Worldwide; the Hotel Del Coronado; and the Barden Family; also participating as sponsors are the Glorietta Bay Inn; Lockheed Martin; Boeing; Higgs, Fletcher and Mack; the Navy Seal Foundation; the San Diego Airport Authority; and Lincoln Military Housing are all on board as sponsors. Woiwode commented regarding the sponsors that although there are many sponsorship opportunities available for the Military Ball, “I’m excited to be this far along this quickly.”

Current Commanding Officer of Naval Base Coronado Capt. Tim Slentz and his wife Christina were actively involved in the creation of the theme for the 2020 Chamber Military Ball. According to Woiwode, “Christina did a good job talking about what is important to military families and about community support. We want to show Coronado is supportive of the military, military kids and how important they are to Coronado. This is often a multi-generational story. Christina was a Navy officer, she is the daughter of a submarine officer and she and Tim have children. She moved a lot as a kid too. Forty percent of the kids in Coronado schools are military dependents. At Silver Strand Elementary School, it’s more like 80 percent. There are so many adults from my generation, who if they grew up here as children, they were probably military kids. The concept of Coronado being supportive of children of the military is a 100-year old story.”

Woiwode discussed the early stages of the development of the video, which serves as the focal point of the program. “We would like the video to represent what the kids of military families go through, the values they have developed, and what they are looking for from the community. Things like, when they come into Coronado, how do they engage? Chances are we’ll discover that Coronado is better with the rapid assimilation of students than anywhere else. I had an interesting comment from a non-military parent recently. Their daughter had made friends with a student who had come to Coronado in a military transfer, then the friend got transferred again and was gone. Her daughter felt the impact of the other family’s move and unexpectedly she lost a friend who moved away. We want to view what being a military dependent is like through the eyes of today’s children and have them inform us. While the differences from generation to generation in the military are huge, there are a lot of commonalities as well.”

For information relating to sponsorships for the Coronado Chamber of Commerce’s Salute to the Military Ball, please contact Chamber Executive Director Sue Gillingham at 619-435-9260.

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