ADVANCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS NOV. 1ST
PEARLS FOR PURPLE HEARTS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD, 2012
11:00AM TO 3:00PM
DOORS OPEN AT 11:00AM
(*AT THE DOOR REGISTRATION BY SEATING AVAILABILITY ONLY)
THE EMERALD COAST CONVENTION CENTER
1250 MIRACLE STRIP PKWY.
FT. WALTON BEACH, FL
*ONLY 125 SEATS AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT!!
ENTRANCE IS FOR A MINIMUM DONATION OF $15.00 -
MUST PRESENT DONATION RECEIPT FOR ENTRANCE
GO TO: "DONATE" BUTTON (SEE BELOW)
BE SURE TO PRINT YOUR DONATION RECEIPT
This gala event is for the benefit of Wives, Widows and Children of Wounded Warriors through the charity organization, Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
FINE MUSIC, FASHION SHOW (Classic Formal, and Semi-Formal Attire)
EVENT ATTIRE: DAYTIME DRESSY
ALL entrance donations and auction proceeds will go directly to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a 501-C3 non-profit organization.
To become a P4PH Booster contact me, Bonnie Blystone, Director of Pearls for Purple Hearts, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Booster donations will be used for event costs. All Booster donations beyond the event expenses will be donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
THE STORY BEHIND Pearls for Purple Hearts
My father passed away one week after his 50th birthday in 1976 after spending his adult life as a heart patient. He entered the Navy in1945 and was discharged the same year with high blood pressure and spent an extended time in a V.A. Hospital.
After 14 years as a widow, my mother married Cameron L. Thompson, SFC E7 Army Retired. He is the recipient of the Purple Heart, WWII; and 3 Bronze Stars, Vietnam. He served with the noted 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment 1943-1945, Pacific Theater of operations. The 503rd made the historic parachute drop on Corregidor, 16 Feb. 1945. He made parachute jumps on Mindoro and Noemfoer Islands. He also served two tours with the 173rd Airborne Brigade from 1967-1968 in Vietnam. He recently received the Medal of Honor from the Alabama Legislature. My step-dad remained on Airborne status during his 22 years of service. He had over 200 parachute jumps and was awarded Master Parachute Wings with the Combat Star stating, he “would do it all over again.”
In what should be their "golden years," my mother and step-dad lead a modest life constructed of doctors appointments and hospital visits. Their highlights are their family, their marriage, and their rescue cat "Mr. Peepers."
Recently my mother and I were going through her closets and she showed me all her formal gowns from her social life during the 60's and 70's. The thought came to mind “What worthwhile cause could the gowns be use for?” Thus, Pearls for Purple Hearts took flight.
Since 2005, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation has provided immediate $3,000 cash grants to personnel seriously wounded in the line of duty. Once notified of a special operations soldier, airman, sailor or Marine hospitalized with a severe injury, the SOWF immediately sends funds to the service member (or his/her designated recipient) so family members can immediately travel to be at their loved one's bedside. Since this program began in 2005, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation has provided over $1.2 million to wounded special operations personnel.
Created in 1980, Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) is also devoted to providing a college education to every child who has lost a parent serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps during an operational or training mission under the U.S. Special Operations Command. This includes over 70,000 military special operations and support personnel assigned to units throughout the United States and around the world.
The Warrior Foundation is currently committed to providing scholarship grants to more than 900 children of the approximately 800 Special Operations personnel who have given their lives for their country since 1980, including those who died fighting our nation's war against terrorism as part of "Operation Enduring Freedom" in Afghanistan and the Philippines as well as "Operation Iraqi Freedom."
Currently, 190 children of fallen special operations warriors have graduated from college through SOWF.
Please give your support to those who gave their best. Become a Sponsor, or
God Bless our Soldiers and their families!
Pearls for Purple Hearts
ADVANCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS NOV. 1ST