A Night for Our Heroes Bellingham Fundraiser

December 18, 2009 at 2:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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On November 13, Soldiers’ Angels (Washington) hosted  “A Night For Our Heroes” to raise funds for our Armed Forces, Veterans, Wounded and their families. Held at the Lakeway Inn in Bellingham Washington, the Whatcom County community came together in generous support and gratitude.

The Evening could not have happened without the incredible efforts of  Bellingham Angel Kathy Bergman and the team of dedicated, hardworking individuals she gathered to help with this event.  To say they were committed to making this successful would be an understatement.  A million thanks Kathy & crew.  Also thanks to Jerry Stewart for the gift of his taped presentation of an inspiring speech for A Night for Our Heroes. Thanks also to our Guest Speakers Chuck Whitmore and Dr. Bridget Cantrell, Dan Early and the Legion  Color Guard and our Media helpers, The Bellingham Herald, KGMI, The Lynden Tribune and Northwest Entertainment News. Thanks also to Jewell Morelli for all of the Graphic Design.

Patti from Whidbey Bank (helped with SA donations boxes) Kathy Bergman and Registration crew, June and Jerry McKay

Silent Auction items set up for business!

Checking out our Soldiers' Angels table

Guests lining up to check in and Angel Sammi Morelli selling 50/50 tickets...the night begins!

Donated Desserts for our Dessert Dash. Lots of fun!!

Time to chat and peruse auction items

The Northern Lights Jazz Orchestra led by Paul Sorensen, started off the evening

The Northern Lights Jazz Orchestra led by Veteran Paul Sorensen, treated us to a fabulous night of incredible music. This band is fantastic. Thank you NLJO for donating your time and wonderful music!

We were so fortunate to have Northern Lights Jazz Orchestra and vocalist Christine Anderson delight us with great music.

An added bonus from the NLJO was a Frank Sinatra Tribute from singer Arthur Alder

Two of our favorite people arrive...Dr. Bridget Cantrell and assistant Kalli Backlund

Our awesome MC Mike Kent in action! Thank you for everything Mike, including helping to spread the word about Soldiers' Angels and "A Night for our Heroes" on your radio show.

A moving speech from our Guest Speaker Chuck Whitmore

Our fabulous auctioneer Ernie in action!

The Live Auction was entertaining!

Between our MC Mike, Ernie and his straightman working the room, not to mention our sponsors, the live auction was a great success! Thank you all for your spirit and generosity!

“A Night for Our Heroes”  turned out to be a great success thanks to everyone involved under the direction of Angel Kathy Bergman.  Thank you to all of our sponsors, who donated funds and auction items for this event and a million thanks to all of the participants who generously gave of their time and funds to raise money for our Heroes.

As MC Mike Kent stated during the evening…our mission is to go out and spread the word about Soldiers’ Angels and  how much their suport is needed for our Armed forces, Veterans, wounded and their families. Let no soldier go unloved or Veteran be forgotten.   As a community we can step up to walk the walk of gratitude everyday to make sure those who serve and sacrifice know they have our support.  If everyone does a little we can do  great things for all.  Let us honor our Heroes every single day!

Thanks also to the VFW and the Bergman’s for helping with a second event at the VFW in Fairhaven the following night.  We met some wonderful Veterans and guests who enjoyed a Spaghetti and Crab Dinner and Dance.  Thank you Kathy, Clark, Mel Vaughn, Cindy, June, Jerry for all your help and support.   At the end of the weekend it really did feel like the community was banding together to step up to support. Let’s keep this going for the future!


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