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High Heels and Hard Hats Fundraiser

On June 14, 2016, Forward March hosted High Heels and Hard Hats at the Historic Hamblen House to raise funds for the Legion Legacy Project. The event was an opportunity to showcase the progress of the restoration of the Historic Hamblen House, which American Legion Post 37 calls home.

Community members and leaders came together for an evening of fellowship and fundraising.

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High Heels and Hard Hats attendees were given special passports which listed locations inside the historic building and were encouraged to visit each area for a stamp.

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Forward March President Ron Birchall speaks at High Heels and Hard Hats fundraiser.

Forward March Secretary Nancy Birchall speaks during High Heels and Hard Hats fundraiser.


Forward March Board of Directors member Leigh Moorhouse speaks during High Heels and Hard Hats fundraiser.

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Forward March, Inc. Hosts “High Heels and Hard Hats” Fundraising Event on Flag Day, June 14, 2016

St. Augustine, Fla. (May 17, 2016) – On June 14, 1777, the U.S. flag was adopted by the Continental Congress during the American Revolution. As a result, our Stars and Stripes are honored each year with a celebration on Flag Day, June 14. The same day, June 14, is recognized as the U.S. Army’s birthday. So it is only fitting that on the Army’s birthday this year, Tuesday, June 14, St. Augustine non-profit Forward March, Inc. will host a fundraising event benefiting one of the nation’s oldest organizations serving veterans. Scheduled to be held from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, the “High Heels and Hard Hats” event will help fund the restoration, furnishing and preservation of the historic Hamblen House, home of the C.F. Hamblen American Legion Post #37, one of the oldest Legions in America.

The event will provide invited guests with an exclusive opportunity to learn first-hand from representatives of Forward March, Inc. and # Post 37 about the historic legacy of the building and its evolution as an iconic St. Augustine landmark. The Hamblen property is an architecturally-significant structure located in the most prominent section of the historic heart of St. Augustine at One Anderson Circle. The facility is one of the only Legions in the U.S. that is open to the public, and upon reopening after the restoration, will offer a full-service restaurant, lounge, and catering and banquet facilities, with picturesque water views of Matanzas Bay. This makes it an ideal venue for the planned military museum, which will also be part of the restoration project.

The event is the brainchild of former Green Beret and Forward March President Ron Birchall and his wife, Nancy, to raise funds for the restoration project. The site will be a self-sustaining facility that will serve as a welcome center for active duty military members as well as a focal point for civic and community engagement.

“The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth, advocating patriotism, and promoting continued devotion to our fellow military members and veterans,” said Ron Birchall. “The American Legion Post #37 will not only serve as the centerpiece for veteran services in the St. Augustine area, but will also help galvanize citizens’ efforts in support of those willing to put their lives on the line in service to our country.”

Forward March, Inc. is a non-profit dedicated to increasing public awareness of and growing interest in the historic military heritage of the greater St. Augustine area. The group hosts educational programs with an emphasis on youth, charitable activities and community involvement. It also supports archaeological and restoration projects such as The Legion Legacy Project. The A.D. Davis Construction Company is renovating the building and working with historic preservation architect Les Thomas, and with interior designer Susan Goedert.

The “High Heels and Hard Hats” event will include complimentary food and beverages, a behind-the-scenes hard hat tour of the site, and an opportunity for guests to contribute funds to various aspects of the project. Appropriate donor recognition will honor those who help make the project a reality. Those interested in attending the event or making a donation may contact Forward March, Inc. at (904) 794-2883. For more information, please visit www.4wardmarch.org.

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Forward March Announces date of 4th Annual Military Ball

Forward March Announces date of 4th Annual Military Ball

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The pomp and protocol of an elegant military gala will happen again on January 13, 2018. Forward March, Inc., the non-profit organization spearheading the renovation of the historic Hamblen House, home of the C.F. Hamblen American Legion Post 37 will hosted the 4th Annual St. Augustine Military Ball at the Mark W. Lance Armory, 190 San Marco Avenue.

The Black Tie/Military Dress Uniform event is open to the public. Limited reservations are $100.00 per person and can be made by calling 904-794-2883.

Last year’s Ball honored Lt. Col. (Ret) William Dudley, current chairman of the veteran’s council of St. John’s County.

Dining, dancing and fun will be had by all. A silent auction is planned and various sponsorship levels are still available. Please visit our website at www.4wardmarch.org  or call Ron and Nancy Birchall at 904-794-2883 with any question.

Forward March, Inc. plans to make this Military Ball an annual event to support veterans and active duty personnel and instill a pride of country and civic responsibility in our local youth.

 

 Special Category Donors – Legion Legacy Project

*Includes naming opportunities for the Hamblen House (American Legion Post 37) facility, recognition in our Military Ball Program as “Special Category Donors,” inclusion in print media promoting event, being featured on the 4wardmarch.org website and Facebook page, and having a Bronze Plaque placed in the designated room or space in the Legion.

Military Ball Sponsors

Ponce de Leon – $25,000

*Includes table for eight guests, special recognition at the Ball, plaque at the Hamblen House (American Legion), recognition in the Military Ball Program, inclusion in print media promoting event, and being featured on the 4wardmarch.org website.

Menendez – $10,000

*Includes admission for six guests, recognition at the Ball, recognition in the Military Ball Program, inclusion in print media promoting event, and being featured on the 4wardmarch.org website.

Five Star- $5,000

*Includes admission for four guests, recognition in our Military Ball Program, inclusion in print media promoting event, and being featured on the 4wardmarch.org website.

Three Star – $3,000

* Includes admission for four guests, recognition in our Military Ball Program, and being featured on the 4wardmarch.org website.

One Star – $1,000

*Includes admission for two guests, and recognition in our Military Ball Program.

Friends of the Hamblen House/American Legion Post #37 – $500

*Website recognition.

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Please reply by January 2, 2017, checks made payable to Forward March, Inc. Please contact Dan Sullivan, 904-824-6060, with any question, or visit 4wardmarch.org.

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll free 800-435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. 100% of each contribution is received by Forward March, Inc. Registration #CH38284.

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Forward March Hosts St. Augustine’s First Military Ball

Forward March Hosts St. Augustine’s First Military Ball

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By KIMEKO MCCOY
kimeko.mccoy@staugustine.com

In addition to a new year, St. Augustine was introduced to a new tradition this month with its first military ball hosted by Forward March.

St. Augustine’s Inaugural Military Ball kicked off the 450th commemoration year. Some of St. Augustine’s most notable were there including St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver, City Manager John Regan, Major General Emmett R. Titshaw, County Commissioner Cyndi Stevenson, State Representative Doc Renuart, and St. Augustine Beach Mayor Andrea Samuels.

To put the event together, the ball had a committee of about 20 people, including Dan Sullivan and Betsy Yeomans.

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