As with every notable recurring event (like Christmas), people in the San Jose/Campbell/Los Gatos surrounds anticipate CVMF’s annual dinner with glee and excitement. And as usual, everyone was as pleased as strong holiday punch with this year’s extravaganza.
Mike Kotowski reprised his role as our elegant Master of Ceremonies. Mike directed our guests and celebrities along all the happy proceedings, ceremonies, and announcements. CVMF’s President Len Duncan and the CMVF team really know how to honor America’s veterans. The team’s support, sincerity, and devotion to the cause was on full display when we enlisted Post 99 of Campbell’s American Legion’s Honor Guard for their heart-rending presentation – and retirement – of Old Glory.
Our guests were treated to a most entertaining oration by the Keynote Speaker, Brad Davis. The Chancellor of West Valley/Mission Community Colleges regaled the fascinated audience with examples of how our community college ecosystem has been helping veterans acquire critical education and job-related skills for more than ten years. Such training is invaluable for veterans who must acquire that training during their transition to civilian life.
Mr. Davis also related a humorous yarn about his first aircraft carrier landing in a Navy jet. That memorable experience gave Brad a true sense of what it takes to be a Naval Aviator. Notwithstanding his acute physical distress induced by a few radical g-force flight maneuvers, Brad saw his tax dollars hard at work, up close and personal.
CVMF also wants to express our sincere appreciation to Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA, 18th District) for lending some real glitter and celebrity to the proceedings. She was gracious and inviting with her time for all the guests. Thanks, and warm regards, Ms. Eshoo.
Aside from our deserving veterans, the other champions of the Gala are the sponsors and donors. On behalf of Len Duncan and the entire CVMF team, we’d like to extend our hands in gratitude to those listed below. God bless you all.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ers
AUDREY & PERRY KIEHTREIBER
CVMF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
EMMY MOORE MINISTER
WEST VALLEY CONSTRUCTION
DR. PAULA STROUSS
JIM & LUCILLE FREE
HOEWISCH FAMILY CHIROPRACTOR
PERRY & AUDREY KIEHTREIBER
DEHART’S MEDIA SERVICES
KILROY PEST CONTROL
WEST VALLEY/MISSION COMMUNITY COLLEGES DISTRICT
COOPER GARROD VINEYARDS
MAJOR GENERAL (RET) KENT HILLHOUSE
The Campbell Veterans Memorial Foundation extends our best wishes to you and your loved ones during this Holiday Season.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year