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18th Annual Military Gala & Banquet
Branson's longest running military salute!

Saturday  -  8 November 2014

Saluting Vietnam Veterans



Chateau on the Lake
415 North State Highway 265

Join us in a spectacular setting as we celebrate Freedom and salute our Veterans
with another unforgettable evening of elegant Dining and Celebration in the Great Hall.

Call the Chateau NOW for special room rates for GALA attendees   888--333-LAKE

Master of Ceremonies:

Col Don McMahon, USAR (Ret)


President of the Mess:
Col Patricia S. Blassie USAF


LCdr Michael Jones, USN (Ret)

Candlelight POW/MIA Service

239th USMC Birthday Salute

Outdoor Fireworks at intermission
provided by A.M. Pyrotechnics

The Wings of Swing
Big Band

A 417 "Best Of " Band for 2013

        Dancing from 5pm - 5:45 and 2nd set after the GALA Closing Tribute.

  • 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
  • Salute - doors open to Grand Hall for "dinner call" at 5:50 pm
  • POW/MIA Candlelight Service 
  • Wine/Non alcoholic juice for military toasts on each table
  • Dinner - Beef and Chicken combination dinner, salad, rolls, potato, vegetable, desert
  • Souvenir Program
  • Outdoor Fireworks at intermission
  • P.O.W. NETWORK'S Patriotism Award 
  • VIP and Sponsors introductions
  • Black Tie welcome, optional Mess Dress, After 5, Tuxedo, Business Suit 
  • Dancing during cocktail hour and after salute.

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.

2014 Sponsors and Supporters

College of the Ozarks

Anonymous Donor in Memory of
SGT Howard C. Barker, USA,
KIA 04 Nov 1966

Anonymous Donor SA Cottone
The Pritchetts
Anonymous Donor


NOTE:  19th Annual Military Gala & Banquet
 MONDAY, 9 NOVEMBER 2015 - Chateau on the Lake

Hosted by


Feel free to email any questions

Be a sponsor for as little as $100 

 TICKETS  417-336-4232
Dinner Tickets $55.00 each


The GALA is open to the public - tickets are required.
One need not be a veteran or POW to attend.
Black Tie welcome, optional - Mess Dress, Tuxedo, Business Suit , 
Formalwear, Cocktail Dress, dressy slack suit.

Please, no jeans and tennies for dinner.

Fireworks are outdoors at intermission viewable from just outside the Chateau front doors.

Chateau on the Lake rooms HAVE SPECIAL RATES for GALA guests

Branson, USMC, Marine Corps, veterans, POW/MIA, salute, GALA, Army, reunions, fireworks, USAF, Air Force, Navy, soldiers, ball, mess dress  

We reserve the right to refuse seating/ticket sales
to any individual or group.





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

Thursday, NOVEMBER 6, 2014  -  8:00 am

POW/MIA service at the Welk Resort Branson
Vietnam Memorial Wall. 

info - P.O.W. NETWORK
Sponsored by Welk Resort Branson
Wreath laying.

The Special Guest speaker will be Air Force Colonel Patricia Blassie, Chief, Air Force Reserve Professional Development Center, at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Col Blassie is also the sister of 1st Lt Michael J Blassie, once interred as our nations Vietnam Unknown.