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August 30, 2007
The Costa Mesa-based nonprofit Snowball Express is set to welcome ab out 1,500 spouses and children of soldiers who have died serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to Orange County this holiday season, the organization announced Wednesday. This year’s itinerary will begin Nov. 30 with a dinner and concert featuring actor Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band at the Grove in Anaheim. The following day, the families will visit the Oakley Corporation headquarters for a holiday shindig featuring games and prizes and the weekend will end with a trip to Disneyland Dec. 2. Several veterans’ and civilian service organizations will be assisting with the activities.
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By Jim De Boom | December 9, 2008
With more than 500 families, including 930 children and 527 parents, the Tuesday to Dec. 20 Snowball Express in Orange County is the largest and longest gathering of the children of our fallen in the history of our country, according to John N. Mavros, chairman of this year’s Snowball Express, which provides a holiday getaway for the families of veterans who have died in service to their country. Sponsorship has grown since Snowball Express’ inception in 2006, thanks to the efforts of Trisha Marshall, member of the Club of Newport Irvine and Snowball’s fund development chairwoman.
NEWS
By Amanda Pennington | December 16, 2006
JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT — Almost four years ago, Kelly Gibbons' entire life changed. On Jan. 3, 2003, her husband, Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Gibbons died while serving in a special operations unit in Afghanistan. Over the last three years, Kelly Gibbons and her two daughters, Lauren, 7, and Emily, 4, have had to put their lives back on track without dad around. "Everything changed, I mean, life in general," Kelly Gibbons said. "But the pieces have slowly been coming back together, so that's good."
NEWS
By Chris Caesar | November 30, 2007
U.S. Military families worldwide visited Orange County this week for the second annual Snowball Express, a local program aimed at bringing together families who have lost a mother or father in a post-9/11 conflict. The program, which provides free transport, lodging, and meals for nearly 1,500 people, will bring these families together for mutual support, concerts and even a trip to Disneyland. The Rotary District 5320 first thought of the idea two years ago, said the chapter’s governor, John Brainerd.
FEATURES
By JIM DE BOOM | December 2, 2006
I don't know if is because of age, but I find myself getting emotional when seeing the men and women in our armed services, the U.S. flag flying and when attending funerals. Last week at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, a memorial service was held for Frank Anderson, a 50-year Rotarian, longtime Costa Mesa resident, former Y-Indian Guide dad with his sons, a Balboa Bay Club member, and USC alumni. Frank was a longtime friend; we worked together in Rotary, and he followed me as president of the Rotary Club of Newport -Balboa in the 1980s.
NEWS
By Chris Caesar | November 30, 2007
When the Lutheran chaplains came to Jean Jack’s door, she wasn’t expecting the worst. There was a Lutheran conference in town — right nearby, in fact — and she had assumed the men had come by to say hello, or maybe to deliver some well-wishes to her husband, Ed, a Lutheran chaplain serving overseas. Sadly, the visit was not this blithe. “We need to speak with you about Ed,” Jean recalls them saying. “He’s gone.” The chaplains explained that Edward Jack, her husband, had suffered a heart attack on the boat where he was serving his duties.
NEWS
December 2, 2007
COSTA MESA Tree nearly 100 feet tall lit with more than 20,000 lights South Coast Plaza started the holiday season this year with the annual lighting of the Segerstrom Family Christmas Tree at Town Center Park on Monday. The tree, a white fir more than 95 feet tall, was adorned with more than 20,000 lights during a period of several weeks, organizers said. Students from the Orange County High School of the Arts also performed carols and musical theater for the crowd, estimated to be approximately 1,000 people.
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By Jim De Boom | December 9, 2008
With more than 500 families, including 930 children and 527 parents, the Tuesday to Dec. 20 Snowball Express in Orange County is the largest and longest gathering of the children of our fallen in the history of our country, according to John N. Mavros, chairman of this year’s Snowball Express, which provides a holiday getaway for the families of veterans who have died in service to their country. Sponsorship has grown since Snowball Express’ inception in 2006, thanks to the efforts of Trisha Marshall, member of the Club of Newport Irvine and Snowball’s fund development chairwoman.
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NEWS
December 2, 2007
COSTA MESA Tree nearly 100 feet tall lit with more than 20,000 lights South Coast Plaza started the holiday season this year with the annual lighting of the Segerstrom Family Christmas Tree at Town Center Park on Monday. The tree, a white fir more than 95 feet tall, was adorned with more than 20,000 lights during a period of several weeks, organizers said. Students from the Orange County High School of the Arts also performed carols and musical theater for the crowd, estimated to be approximately 1,000 people.
NEWS
By Chris Caesar | November 30, 2007
U.S. Military families worldwide visited Orange County this week for the second annual Snowball Express, a local program aimed at bringing together families who have lost a mother or father in a post-9/11 conflict. The program, which provides free transport, lodging, and meals for nearly 1,500 people, will bring these families together for mutual support, concerts and even a trip to Disneyland. The Rotary District 5320 first thought of the idea two years ago, said the chapter’s governor, John Brainerd.
NEWS
By Chris Caesar | November 30, 2007
When the Lutheran chaplains came to Jean Jack’s door, she wasn’t expecting the worst. There was a Lutheran conference in town — right nearby, in fact — and she had assumed the men had come by to say hello, or maybe to deliver some well-wishes to her husband, Ed, a Lutheran chaplain serving overseas. Sadly, the visit was not this blithe. “We need to speak with you about Ed,” Jean recalls them saying. “He’s gone.” The chaplains explained that Edward Jack, her husband, had suffered a heart attack on the boat where he was serving his duties.
FEATURES
By B.W. COOK | September 8, 2007
“In a million years, I could never thank you for the gift you gave my daughter following the death of her father. I can never take the pain from her but with the help of Snowball Express she is able to bond with other beautiful children who share the same tragic circumstance,” said the wife of a soldier killed in Iraq. These comments were echoed by countless parents who have lost family in the Middle East conflict. They came to Southern California last holiday season with their children at the invitation of Snowball Express, a Costa Mesa-based organization aiming to create a network of hope for families of slain soldiers.
NEWS
August 30, 2007
The Costa Mesa-based nonprofit Snowball Express is set to welcome ab out 1,500 spouses and children of soldiers who have died serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to Orange County this holiday season, the organization announced Wednesday. This year’s itinerary will begin Nov. 30 with a dinner and concert featuring actor Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band at the Grove in Anaheim. The following day, the families will visit the Oakley Corporation headquarters for a holiday shindig featuring games and prizes and the weekend will end with a trip to Disneyland Dec. 2. Several veterans’ and civilian service organizations will be assisting with the activities.
NEWS
By Amanda Pennington | December 16, 2006
JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT — Almost four years ago, Kelly Gibbons' entire life changed. On Jan. 3, 2003, her husband, Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Gibbons died while serving in a special operations unit in Afghanistan. Over the last three years, Kelly Gibbons and her two daughters, Lauren, 7, and Emily, 4, have had to put their lives back on track without dad around. "Everything changed, I mean, life in general," Kelly Gibbons said. "But the pieces have slowly been coming back together, so that's good."
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