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14th Annual Military Gala & Banquet

Monday,  8 November 2010

Saluting the National Guard and Reserves


Chateau on the Lake
415 North State Highway 265
Branson Junior High
 263 Buccaneer Drive     Branson, MO, 65616

Erwin Schultze,  DAV NSO
2008 Patriotism Award Recipient

Candlelight POW/MIA Service 
College of the Ozarks ROTC

LCdr Michael Jones, USN (Ret)

President of the Mess:
Maj James P. Schreffler
Military Science Instructor
College of the Ozarks

Joint Services Color Guard
Fort Leonard Wood, MO

National Anthem by:

The LeCroy Sisters

Outdoor Fireworks at intermission
provided by A.M. Pyrotechnics

Fort Leonard Wood
the City of Branson

World Tour sponsored by Coca Cola.

2010  "We Believe" Tour



The US Air Force’s premiere musical group TOPS IN BLUE will perform following the Fireworks display.
The show will be open to the public at no charge.

The 35 talented Airmen who make up TOPS IN BLUE come from all career fields of the USAF. During each world tour,
travels over 40,000 miles in the United States alone. They are a self-contained unit, carrying over
60,000 lbs of equipment used for each energy packed presentation. They have performed from the heat of the desert
to the bitter cold of winter - around the world to raise the morale of our troops and inspire patriotism at every stop.

  • Car to door drop-off or valet parking - easy wheelchair access
  • Cocktail Hour (cash bar) 5:00 pm, coffee available all evening
  • Formal photographs (couples or group) 4:00 pm (optional) 
  • Large 6 foot round tables of 10 
  • Souvenir Program Guide
  • Dinner 6:00 pm - Beef and Chicken combination dinner, salad, rolls, potato, vegetable, desert
  • VIP and Sponsors introductions
  • POW/MIA Candlelight Service 
  • Mozark MOAA's True American Hero Award
  • P.O.W. NETWORK'S Patriotism Award 
  • Outdoor Fireworks
  • Black Tie welcome, optional Mess Dress, After 5, Tuxedo, Business Suit 

Portraits will be available starting at 4:00 p.m. If you have a group or special needs, please let us know when making your reservations. Group shots will be available BY RESERVATION ONLY for outdoor or daytime/daylight photos.

2010 Sponsors and Supporters

Charter Sponsor

  LTC  Pritchett, USA (Ret)  
College of the Ozarks

Branson, MO
Providing all meals for TOPS IN BLUE

Branson, MO

Viętnow National, Rockford IL
Montana Mike's
Branson, MO

U.S. Army Ranger Association

Des Moines, IA

The Ozarks Coca-Cola/
Dr Pepper Bottling
Springfield, MO

HBN-USA will be promoting and Streaming onto the Internet the
14th Annual Military Gala and Banquet live from
Branson, Missouri November 8th 2010 on
Hawthorn Bank
Branson, MO

TOPS IN BLUE Lodging Sponsor

Avis Rent-A-Car

Jubilee Foods
Branson, MO
GRAYLINE of the Ozarks
M  Poll
A Smith

Other generous, private donors.

Hosted by

November 11, 2010

Thank you to all - sponsors, volunteers, participants, our active duty attendees and our guests for making this GALA truly a night to remember.

Branson opened it's arms to welcome the United States Air Force members who provided our GALA entertainment after enjoying a rare day off in our fair city.  The show was amazing. We wish Tops in Blue clear skies and fair winds as they finish their tour.

We've been told more than 10,000 tuned in for one part of the GALA or another for the webcast. We truly hope our troops got to see just a little bit of home, and realized we truly appreciate their service and sacrifices.

Til next year.....


POW NETWORK Chairman Chuck Schantag, and wife Mary,  the hosts of the Annual Military Gala & Banquet.
Photo courtesy of SWIFTSHOTS, 2009 Gala.
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