Thursday, June 1, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

The key note speaker at the Pleasanton Ca. Memorial Day Ceremony was Colonel Windsor S. "Shane" Buzza, Chief of Staff, Pacific Division, 75th Training Command. 

He encouraged the audience to find a way to support the families of the Fallen 
in any way we can, 
because that is what they would want us to do. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Making Cards for the PMF June Pack Out

Been having a great time making some cards to put in the 
next Pack Out in June.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Adopt a Box!

Yesterday was a big day for Pleasanton Military Families and me too! The Easter Pack Out was the first order of the day with over 200 care packages going out. At least half the crowd of volunteers were first timers. So great! 

Later that afternoon, we set up outside of the Cellar Door to introduce people to the Adopt a Box program where anyone can make a donation that will end up filling and sending a care package overseas. Some of the folks had their photos taken in front of the flag with a sign showing they had adopted the care package. That photo will go right into the box when it is shipped. I love that our troops get to see the faces of those back home who SO appreciate their service.

We also had a table where people could write a note of thanks and encouragement to our troops. Those letters go out in the next Pack Out on June 3rd. 

Best news of all? 
$830 was raised for buying and shipping items over to our deployed men and women all over the world.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Love in a Box

Right in my own town, Pleasanton Military Families (PMF) is making a difference every day in the lives of very important people-our men and women in service as well as in the lives of their families here at home. 

The next PMF Pack Out to our deployed military is coming up in March. A flurry of emails has been coming my way regarding preparation for the event. 

I wanted to pass on one of these emails: the thank you letter that arrived in my "IN" box today...from a chaplain stationed in Afghanistan. He has been sharing the contents of PMF care packages that come his way.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

God Bless Our Vets

November 11, 2016. Veterans Day.

2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division is HOME from Afghanistan!

Totally impressed with the Company, the welcome, the love. So proud of you all!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

O beautiful for heroes proved

These "Beautiful" lyrics say so much in remembrance of 9/11/01
I am listening to Ray Charles sing it with the greatest of inspiration..

"O beautiful for heroes proved 
In liberating strife. 
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life! 
America! America! 
May God thy gold refine 
Till all success be nobleness 
And every gain divine! 

O beautiful for patriot dream 
That sees beyond the years 
Thine alabaster cities gleam 
Undimmed by human tears! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
And crown thy good with brotherhood 

From sea to shining sea!"

(click here to listen to Mr. Ray Charles)

Saturday, September 3, 2016

He Did It! 100 holes in 10 hours!

Raised so far

$ 6,925.00 

Fundraising goal $ 5,000.00 


Jeff DeBenedetti, Las Positas Golf Course

Huge Kudos to Jeff for playing 100 holes of golf in 10 hours, for putting himself out there for our veterans and having fun while doing it. He's up for it next year to boot!

Here are the stats in Jeff's own words;

Hello All,

First of all, I want to thank all of you who generously donated to the PGA HOPE program.  I appreciate your moral as well as your financial support! PGA HOPE is a great program that does great things.  I wanted to let you know how my day went playing 100 holes in a day. 

The day started at 9:55 am.  I played and “warm up” of 1-10 on the Falls course at Blackhawk CC.  I played from the Blue Tees throughout the day.  After the 10th hole, I went back to the 1st hole to begin the first of 5 rounds.  I have listed some stats below to let you know how I did.

Start time 9:55 am

Black hawk Falls Course
Blue Tees
Rating   70.9
Slope   133
Length  6257

  1. Score by round were 80, 75, 77, 82, and 70 (exactly what you’re thinking, last round…2 under Par!).
  2. 52 Pars
  3. 10 Birdies
  4. 35 Bogeys
  5. 3 Doubles
  6. 174 Putts
  7. 1 Chip in
  8. 4 Practice Swings
  9. 2 Advil
  10. 5 Gatorades
  11. 3 sandwiches
  12. 6 Bud Lights
  13. 3 Golf Cars
  14. Average time per hole 5 minute 15 seconds

End Time 6:41 pm

Playing fast, as you can imagine, I was not reading many putts very thoroughly.  The day was fun and tiring, but I hope to do it again in the future.  For those of you interested in PGA HOPE, the money raised, or would like to still donate, please use the following links:

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Or to donate click here

Thank you again for your moral and financial support!