Do you know a Combat injured Warrior who would like an Alaskan Fishing Trip?

April 4, 2009 at 8:09 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | Leave a comment
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The deadline for this event is fast approaching…only a few days left before registration closes.  If you know of a Wounded Warrior who would like to go fishing in Alaska email  soldiersangelswashington@gmail.com  asap.

Criteria:

MUST HAVE BEEN COMBAT INJURED

MUST HAVE SERVED IN IRAQ OR AFGHANASTAN
MUST BE ABLE TO MEET US (WTB) AT SEATAC FOR THE FLIGHT

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PHOENIX CHILI COOK OFF a great Success!

March 24, 2009 at 7:10 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | 1 Comment
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Phoenix Chili Cook Off

Phoenix Chili Cook Off

The Start of a Great Day!

The Start of a Great Day!

The Phoenix Chili Cook Off, held at Shoreline Park, North Ft. Lewis Washington on March 21st was a great success!

We (Soldiers’ Angels Julie, Sammi & Jewell ) arrived a few minutes after 6am to find the participants setting up and already starting to cook in the dark,  with the only light coming from Vehicle headlights.  Jewell got out to do a little recon mission to find our station and our Head Chef Wanda.  The ingredients, BBQ, cooking utensils and directions to get us started were all dropped off apparently before 5:30am but no Wanda! Panic went into full gear when Danita informed us Wanda had to fulfill  a previous commitment for the USO she was unable to get covered for and wouldn’t be arriving until later.  It’s pretty easy to be  in awe of Wanda Watonaga.  She is an amazing angel that does so much for our troops!

With the reality of Wanda being detained, we all of a sudden felt like Lucy and Ethel at the Chocolate Factory,

Firstly, we had never tasted chili let alone cooked it before!  Secondly we had no idea of how to even start the BBQ!!  We also had never camped and people out cooking in the freezing cold before the sun came up, seemed very much like camping!  Can you say out of your element????!!!

Jewell promptly voted Sammi as the sub Head Chef until Wanda arrived, because “clearly Sammi was the only one who could follow a recipe! ”  Jewell started decorating the station and I began opening a lot of CANS of BEANS!   The next thing to do was to ask our Competitors for help with the BBQ and  they graciously obliged…well..almost. Brent said. “Don’t help them! They’re our competition. They’ll probably win!”   Needless to say our BBQ was fired up in no time.  Thanks Guys!!  Despite the constant barrage of teasing coming from them throughout the day, they were great sports.

Wanda arrived shortly after 9am THANK GOODNESS, and that’s when things got spicy! Soldiers’ Angels Tracy Patterson showed up a little later to help and  Wanda’s family were also wonderful helpers in the taste test department! A great team! We made enough to feed an army….literally!

It was great to meet everyone at the Cook off, including the other teams who were Soldiers’ Angels Sponsored…Team Chuck (including Soldiers Angel Erin)and Hook em Horns Chili.  Danita of the WTB and those who were organizing the event obviously put a ton of time and work into making sure everything ran smoothly from beginning to end.  Everyone was positive, supportive and wonderful to spend the day with!    Congratulations to all the winners  and Chaplain’s Assistant John Dinkins for winning Judge’s Choice!  (Soldiers Angels Team Molten Lava won 2nd!)

Here are a few of the pictures from this wonderful Day!

Early in thy morning!  Just the beginnings!

Early in thy morning! Just the beginnings!

Sammi Cooking!

Sammi Cooking!

Chaplains Assistant John Dinkins and son cooking as the sun rose! Congratulations on your win!

Chaplain’s Assistant John Dinkins and son cooking as the sun rose! Congratulations on your win!

Team Enigma working on their winning Chili. Check out the contestant down the ay standing on a chair doing preparations. Making Chili is hard work!

Team Enigma working on their winning Chili. Check out the contestant down the ay standing on a chair doing preparations. Making Chili is hard work!

Team Baja   slicing and dicing! Congratulations on being voted the tastiest Chili!

Team Baja > slicing and dicing! Congratulations on being voted the tastiest Chili!

Our helpful neighbours to the left!

Our helpful neighbours to the left and the cowboys!

Our other neighbor, competitor and Helper Kevin and Jewell

Our other neighbor, competitor and Helper Kyle and Jewell.

It was COLD in the morning but luckily we had hot pockets!

It was COLD in the morning but luckily we had hot pockets!

The Play Area was getting set up early in the morning.  This was a popular area for all the children.

The Play Area was getting set up early in the morning. This was a popular area for all the children.

The horn sounded like a cow!

The horn sounded like a cow!

Our Head Chef Wanda arrived..YAY! Sammi & Wanda strategizing!

Our Head Chef Wanda arrived..YAY! Sammi & Wanda strategizing

The Band began to play

The Boys of Greenwood Glen began to play

Roping Roy teaching Jewell how to rope!

Roping Roy teaching Jewell how to rope!

Sammi .....Im going to rope me some cow!

Sammi …..”Bring on the little doggies”

I need some whiskey before I teach those Morelli girls how to rope!

I need some whiskey before I teach those Morelli girls how to rope!

Dan Frazier from Dance for a wish, and Mel Gibbons(wethegibbons.com) Looks like theyre wearing some Aloha from Team Molten Lava!

Don Frazier from Dance for a wish, and Mel Gibbons(wethegibbons.com) Looks like they’re wearing some Aloha from Team Molten Lava! 

Soldiers Angel Tracy helping Wanda

Soldiers Angel Tracy helping Wanda

Our littlest helper Emma gets some Aloha from jewell

Our littlest helper Emma gets some Aloha from jewell

Soldiers Angels Erin &    of Team Chuck

Soldiers Angels Erin & SPC David Griffith (member of the WTB) of Team Chuck (sponsored by Soldiers’ Angels)

Jennifer Griffith (wife of SPC David Griffith) modelling the Team Chuck Hat

Jennifer Griffith (wife of SPC David Griffith) modelling the Team Chuck Hat

Wandas mom  The official taster

Wanda’s mom > The official taster

Things start heating up…Can you say HOT chili??!!

Ft. Lewis Firefighters tasting Soldiers Angels Team Molten Lava Chili mmmmgood!

Ft. Lewis Firefighters tasting Soldiers’ Angels Team Molten Lava Chili mmmmgood!

Another customer!

Another customer!

Soldiers Angels Team Molten Lava Station

Soldiers’ Angels Team Molten Lava Station -Tracy Serving and Kierra supervising ..our neighbors Kyle  and Jesse sampling!

This Chili was so hot they had waivers to sign and a doctor at the ready!

This Chili was so hot they had waivers to sign and a doctor at the ready!

Jalepeno Eating contest...check out Wandas Granddaughter in the mix. Talk about brave!

Jalepeno Eating contest…check out Wanda’s Granddaughter Kierra in the mix. Talk about brave!

The Band Couldnt get enough of our Chili!

The Band Couldn’t get enough of our Chili!

Bravo Bulldogs Chili

Bravo Bulldogs Chili

Soldiers Angels sponsored Hook em Horns Chili  Congrats on your showmanship win!

Soldiers’ Angels sponsored “Hook em Horns Chili” Congrats on your showmanship win!

Team Mack Pack Hook em Horns Chili Sponsored by Soldiers Angels

Team Mack Pack “Hook em Horns Chili” Sponsored by Soldiers’ Angels

Lots of fun at Soldiers Angels Team Molten Lava tent

Lots of fun at Soldiers Angels Team Molten Lava tent. Go Kierra! 

Even the big kids have fun at the Team Molten Lava tent

Even the big kids have fun at the Team Molten Lava tent

Head Chef Wanda

Head Chef Wanda

Phoenix Chili Cook Off Participants

Phoenix Chili Cook Off Participants- notice how most are wearing some Team Molten Lava leis.  

PHOENIX CHILI COOK OFF & MUSIC FESTIVAL

March 1, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Posted in General Troop Support | 1 Comment
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Phoenix Chili Cook Off & Music Festival

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Shoreline Park, North Fort Lewis, WA

7 am to 3 pm 

SOLDIER’S ANGELS HAS GENEROUSLY SPONSORED AN SA TEAM and ADOPTED 2 OTHERS.

This FREE event is designed to bring the community together in a fun and festive atmosphere while showcasing the talents of our soldiers, family members, staff, and community partners. 

  The event is a traditional chili cook off with contestants competing for $1000 in prizes.  Prizes will be given for the Best Chili Overall, Most Unique Chili, Spiciest Chili, and Best Showmanship.  All chili must be prepared on site; no exceptions.  Everyone attending the event will have a chance to vote for their favorite chili and crown the Best Showmanship Award as well as assist in crowning the Best Chili Overall.   

                                             WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP

Volunteers!  (for help with set up, clean up, face painting, and to cook
side dishes)
Groups/Individuals to “adopt” the chili cook off teams that might not have
money to spend on ingredients. (wounded warriors, etc.) 
Anyone that wants to help with prizes!  We are looking for anything from
trophies to a check that we can give them.
CELEBRITY JUDGES
Soldiers’ Angels is thankful to have angel Wanda as our lead with this event. Here is  an exerpt from her letter to the community, challenging us all to become involved.

Valentine’s day weekend I found out that (The Warrior Transition Battalion) is hosting its first chili cook-off contest on March 21st & although they do not solicit support, I know that they need sponsors for the 20 teams (of 2-4).  So far, they have 4 sponsors.  The sponsorship consists of defraying the cost of the ingredients and needed items for the cook-off with $150.00 per team (each team has to make 2 gallons to feed the masses). Challenge your counterparts in other surrounding cities.  Healthy competition is a good thing for all!!! 
I think they still need judges…hmmm…The competition is even open to civilians, so…I am hopeful that the community will step up in a big way & support these Heroes/Warriors who have risked their lives for the quality of life we enjoy.  This event is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) & other worthy organizations that support our military communities.

I HOPE AS MANY ANGELS AS POSSIBLE WILL GET BEHIND THE WTB AND HELP IN SOME WAY WITH THIS EVENT. EVEN IF IT IS TO SPREAD THE WORD>>IT ALL HELPS! 

      If you’d like to help  and would like further information on this event
EMAIL Julie at soldiersangelswashington@gmail.com  with CHILI in the subject line and I’ll send you the info and Wanda’s Contact information! I think this will be a wonderful event to be involved in. Hope to see you there! 

 

OPERATION VALENTINE ACCOMPLISHED

February 16, 2009 at 1:51 am | Posted in General Troop Support | 2 Comments
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Operation Valentine is now complete thanks to many Soldiers’ Angels and their communities, working together to honor our Veterans during National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week.    Thank you to all the Angels, Schools, and Communities for your help in bringing  Valentines of Gratitude to our Veterans! 

   

A beautiful trip down to Ft. Lewis for A Special Delivery

A beautiful trip down to Ft. Lewis for A Special Delivery

Three Wonderful Angels At the Warrior Transition Brigade...Sammi, Wanda & Susan

Three Wonderful Angels At the Warrior Transition Brigade...Sammi, Wanda & Susan..standing by just some of the Creations from Washington communities, schools. scouts, and Angels across the State!

A wonderful creation from a student from West Seattle's Madison Middle School

"I want you to know that I appreciate your service."

A Madison Middle School Student's gift of gratitude....

You are my Hero...

A thoughtful gift of gratitude from a student at Madison Middle School

A thoughtful gift of gratitude

A gift of gratitude from a Student at Madison Middle School

"I just want you to know my family honors you and all that you have sacrificed for us."

Shine Bright with All Your Might....words of encouragement and wisdom

Shine Bright with All Your Might....words of encouragement and wisdom

Happy Valentines Day from Cody at Ferndale Mt. View School

Happy Valentines Day!

The Truck from BD&A arrives with all the games! THANK YOU!!

The Truck from BD&A arrives with all the games! THANK YOU!!

Chaplains Assistant Dinkins, John & Tom from BD&A

Chaplain's Assistant Dinkins, John & Tom from BD&A

Chaplains at Work!

Chaplains at Work!

Sue the Energizer Angel hard at Work!

Sue the 'Energizer Angel' hard at Work!

Hard at Work

Hard at Work

 

Soldiers Angels Wanda pitchin in to get the job done.

Soldiers' Angels Wanda pitchin in to get the job done

 

 

Danita from the WTB & John from BD&A gettin it done!

 

Danita from the WTB & John from BD&A gettin it done!
Sammi stacking them up high

Sammi stacking them up high

Danita and some Happy Warriors!

Danita and some Happy Warriors with the donated Games!

 

Getting there...

Getting there..

Games, games and more games !

Games, games and more games !

Happy OT office group with their games

Happy OT office group with their games

He loves his Doctors!

He loves his Doctors!

 

Wanda and another Happy Game Recipient

Wanda and another Happy Game Recipient

Thank You Warriors

 

Thank You to our Warriors

 

The Chaplain presents our Soldiers Angels with special coins from TF Phoenix

The Chaplain presents our Soldiers' Angels with special coins from TF Phoenix

 

Thank you to BD&A Games, John and Tom from the Warehouse, Soldiers’ Angels Susan, Wanda & Sammi, Washington Valentine makers, Danita, Chaplains and Warriors of the WTB for making it a great day! We are so thankful Warriors for your service!

 

 

OPERATION VALENTINE> WASHINGTON & OREGON ANGELS NEEDED!

January 17, 2009 at 7:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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We have launched our Operation Valentine to spread some love and appreciation to our Hospitalized Veterans during National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week Feb 9 – 14th! 

 


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