Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Kansas City Angel Events and Fund Raisers

As our Regional Manager, Marcia, said in a recent email to area Angels, our summer calendar went from zero to 60 in less than a week.

We have a lot of things going on and we are looking for Angels and other supporters of the troops in the Kansas City Area to come out and show their love for our troops and veterans.

First up, as noted in our side bar to the left, Kansas City Soldiers' Angels will be participating in the Belton Community Days Parade in Belton, Missouri. We will be carrying a banner and marching with a larger group of troop supporters and military folks, carrying our banner and signs. We are looking forward to showing Belton how much we support the troops. We are also looking forward to meeting fellow supporters of our fine military folks and sharing in the great fun and camaraderie we always experience at these events.

If you are an Angel or just want to come out and show your support, we will be meeting at Teri Louthain's at 7:30 AM Saturday, June 23. For more information, you can contact Julie O'Neil, Community Team Leader in the Overland Park, Kansas region at: She will have maps and other information available.

We will car pool from Teri's to reduce our parking exposure.

We look forward to seeing you there.

If you can't make it to the Parade, there is another event taking place.

Kansas City Veterans' Hospital is holding an R&R for veterans Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23. They will be providing food, special items and assistance with legal, tax and other issues for our local veterans. Kansas City Soldiers' Angels is invited to attend. For times and details, please watch this blog or email me at:

We want to tell our veterans that we appreciate their service. Join me in honoring those who helped insure that we remain the land of the free.

I can assure you, every time I meet with and speak to veterans, I find great inspiration in continuing to volunteer.

Parkville American Legion Post 318: Rally in the Alley

June 30, 2007 3pm to Midnight. Here is a great opportunity for Soldiers' Angels and others who are interested in showing their support for the troops. Parkville, Missouri American Legion Post 318 is hosting the "Rally in the Alley". This rally will raise money for the Legion's "Support the Troops" fund that the Legion regularly uses to donate to organizations supporting the troops including things like paying for postage of large shipments of care packages to the troops, calling cards, veterans needs and many other great support projects.

Soldiers' Angels has been invited to set up a table and take part in the event that will include at least six blue grass bands, lots of food, drinks and fun. We look forward to supporting the Parkville American Legion as they have pledged to support the Angels and our efforts.

We're looking for Angels to help man the booth and tell people about our organization. With a troop surge on and battles raging, we have many troops that need our support. That means we need to let people know how they can provide that support. I'll be there from 2pm (set up) until 8pm (longer if the crowd is good). For more information on volunteering for our event, please email me at:

If you're not a member of Soldiers' Angels, come on down, enjoy the music and show your support for our troops!

Fourth of July Parade in Parkville

If you've never been to Parkville's Fourth of July celebration, you have missed one of the biggest "small town" events in our area. Every year the fireworks over the river is bigger and better. Even this year, after the flood that put a lot of mud into English Landing Park, Parkville is raring to go. Everything has been cleaned up and the event promises to be as great as the previous years'.

Again, the Parkville American Legion has come through and offered to let us march with them in their slot on the parade. The parade begins at 10:00 AM. We will be meeting before hand at the Parkville American Legion to arrange staging for the parade. We will be carrying the Soldiers' Angels Banner and any signs we can get our hands on.

Most important, we need people who are willing to march in the parade and show what a great organization Soldiers' Angels is for supporting our troops. We want people to know that there is a way for them to get involved. Most importantly, we want to support our troops by bringing more people and resources to our organization. Our troops deserve our support.

If you want to come on down and assist the Angels march in the parade, Angel or civilian, please contact me at for details, times and directions.

I will be at the events after the parade as well as the American Legion has also offered to let us put out brochures and fliers at their food stand during the post parade carnival. I will be manning the post and walking around the carnival handing out information. This is a really big event in the Northland and we have an opportunity to spread the word.

If you're not Angel or you can't make it to the Parade, come on down to see the fireworks, enjoy the food and the rides at the carnival. Make sure you stop by the American Legion food booth to support this great organization.

We look forward to seeing you there!

As you can see, we're going to be very busy the next few weeks and we like it like that. The more we can spread the word, the more our troops get the support they need. We encourage all Angels and those who just want to support the troops to join us for the fun and satisfaction of supporting our military men and women!

- May no soldier go unloved