Links to event/images of subsequent parties in 2006, 2007, 2008No images from 2004.

Jackson Military Appreciation Dinner - 2005
"Operation Eagle's Support"

USA USN USAF USMC USCG

We're showing that "We Support Our Troops"

Here's the link to the webpage of images from the party.

Wednesday, Dec. 28 at Snow King Resort in the Grand Room from 5pm until 9pm.

Our M.C. will be Jackson's Mayor Mark Barron. Entertainment will be provided by the folk duo, Medicine Tree.

Our Anonymous Benefactor has agreed to pay for the meals for all the military attendees again this year, while another donor has agreed to cover the bar for military as well and yet another, will cover our entertainment. Admission for dinner/etc. for all others will be $31.50 per at the door and there will be a cash bar. (While I wish dinners of others such as local fire/police or government workers could be subsidized as well, I apologize that we cannot.  Nor are we able to cover the costs of family members accompanying the military person.)  Children age 6-12 can get a reduced meal ticket of $21., while children 5 & under can be admitted free.
I do have several donations for comp tickets if you can't afford the buy-in for dinner but would like to attend.  Call me at 733.2173 or 690.6909.

The menu will include - 1. Carved roast prime rib au jus. 2. roast turkey w/cranberry-walnut stuffing & country gravy. Also: salad, rolls, sauces, mashed potatoes, peach cobbler & ice cream, coffee, tea, cider, non-alcoholic eggnog, assorted sodas.

This will not be a religious or political event, simply a social appreciation Xmas season party for military here in support of a local resident visiting an undisclosed location.(rimshot)  If last year is a good indicator, we anticipate about 100 military members in attendance.  We hope you will attend, visit with these soldiers, and possibly also donate a holiday gift that we'll raffle to the military members. While the event wasn't generally known to the public last year, it was well attended and a great time was had by all. We're hoping for wider dissemination this year, so tell your friends, & pass on the address of this webpage (www.theastrocowboy.com/MilXmas/05Party.htm).

Below will be some photos from last year's event and a list of anyone who is donating a gift/service/etc. for this year. If you have anything such as a framed photo/painting, books, cds, DVDs, dinners, sporting goods, clothing item, jewelry, trinkets, outings, ski passes, excursions, or whatever that they can take home or use while in Jackson, please call or email Walt Farmer (walt@theastrocowboy.com) at 307.733.2173 or Sandra Bockman at 307.733.3316 or 503.2135 to advise. All gifts will be raffled to the military members only during the event. I need an RSVP of your attendance at the dinner by no later than Dec. 26th, to advise Snow King of how many to plan for, and seating is limited to about 300 including military. (You only need contact Walt to RSVP for the dinner.) Our thank you to anyone who donates or attends in our recurring effort to not only say, but show, that we support our troops and in particular - to our Anonymous Benefactor who jump-started this wonderful event.  (While a gift donation is appreciated, it's your attendance to visit with these military, that is most desired.  Also, I will reluctantly accept monetary donations.  I am not a 501(C)3 & the money will go into my personal account.  From there I will either purchase a gift for the raffle or put the money to a comp ticket for local persons who can't afford the buy-in for the dinner but would like to attend the event.  You will have to trust me for this if you make a monetary donation.  I'd prefer you provide an actual gift to the raffle.  [I knew this would get complicated.]) Walt Farmer

1.   Aeromedix (Dr. Brent Blue) donates a Doug Ritter Mini RSK Mk. 1 knife by Benchmade, and a Micro Freedom Photon flashlight (which as the Air Force, with its fondness for acronyms likes to call it, an ADP, or "Aerospace Darkness Penetrator")
2.   One scenic airplane flight for 3 with Teton Aviation in Driggs, ID
3.   Dinner for two at the Blue Lion Restaurant
4.   Two $25. gift certificates from Touch of Class
5.  Some type of gift certificate from the Snake River Brew Pub
6.4 tickets to the Off Square Theatre Co. production of "Snowmen are Forever" (Performances are on Dec. 21, 22, & 23, so they'll be presented in advance of the dinner to those in the ACS unit.  Thanks to Off Square Theatre Co. anyway, but now, arrivals won't take place until after the performances.)
7. Harrison Ford and Dr. (Cmdr) Rich Sugden are covering the military guest's bar tab
8.   Entertainment is being subsidized by local friend and author Ken Thomasma
9.The folk group Medicine Tree is donating several of their music CDs
10.The group Friends of the Teton Co. Library, will be donating about 150 paperback/other...books thanks to Juli Smith
11. Leatherman tool set from Anonymous.
12.Bushnell 10x25 compact waterproof field binoculars from Greg McHuron
13.10 Sacajawea gold dollars for the raffle and autographed copies of  "The Truth About Sacajawea" for all military guests at the dinner from its author, Ken Thomasma.
14.  Five pair (10) movie passes from Frank Londy & the Jackson Hole Cinemas
15.Several fleece vests from Jackson Hole Aviation
16. Mike Walsh chips in a couple of bottles of premium hooch
17.  Remington 1100, Diamond Anniversary engraved commemorative, gold inlay, 12 gauge shotgun w/travel bag, from the former President of Remington Arms,Bill Schmoe
18.Dinner and drinks for 4 at the Warbird's Cafe in Driggs, ID from Cmdr. Rich Sugden.  (Go on Fri. night if you can, the entertainment is terrific, and don't miss Rich's vintage prop & jet aircraft in the hangar: all included.)

19.Ducks Unlimited print "Sand Bar Honkers" from the newly-wed Helen and Dave Bishop

Bishops

20.  Monetary donation from Stephen Unfried that provides for another comp local and a portable CD player
21. Monetary donation from Sheila Smith in Barnwell, SC to the event in honor of her (deceased) father Col Robert A. Smith, U.S.A. Signal Corps.  Provides for several JH t-shirts & 2 comp tickets.
22.  A gift that was promised but not provided from a local sporting goods business.
23.  Gift certificates from another donor who remains anonymous, for trips, to locations of the recipients choosing.  Make that one certificate, for $1,000.
24.  Even the Secret Service is chipping in...w/a baseball cap, writing pen, XL T-shirt, money clip & a mug
25.  4 t-shirts & 2 ballcaps, books - "Wild and Beautiful: GTNP" and "Where Light Walks," from the Grand Teton Natural History Assoc.
26.  Sampler CDs for all military attending from the Grand Teton Music Festival
27.  8 presents, books I believe, from local Cynthia Riedel
28.  4 gift baskets w/hats, shirts, etc., from the Town of Jackson

Room Panoramic Some of the crew


Mayor Barron & the gift raffle Guests Phyllis & HallySheriff Zimmer & gift raffle
We remember (from Iraq)
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