On the Scene: At the All Services Military Ball

The University Center Ballroom at Colorado Mesa University was dressed in its finest reds, whites and blues Friday night for the All Services Military Ball.

The ball was hosted by the Colorado Mesa University Student Veterans Association and brought together veterans of all branches of the military, local law enforcement and first responders.

There were more than 200 in attendance for the evening, which featured dinner, dancing and music by the Frank Bregar Orchestra and keynote speaker Larry Cappetto. Formal, professional photos of all the guests were taken by Donna Fullerton.

The ball was a special date night for Kevin Law and his precious daughter Mikayla. Kevin, a Grand Junction native and Central High School graduate, is with the 101st Army Division and served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Playing the bagpipes at the ball, Sean Taylor found the event to be “a fantastic way for veterans to get together and enjoy camaraderie.” Sean is from Grand Junction and served in the U.S. Army Special Forces spending a “wee bit” of time in Fort Bragg in North Carolina and at Fort Drum in upstate New York. He finished his duty with the 10th Mountain Division, traveling all over the world.

His gorgeously dressed up date for Friday’s ball traveled all the way from Glasgow, Scotland. Sharon Moats is the daughter of Sean’s bagpipe teacher, Hugh Thackaberry. Sharon agreed that the evening was a wonderful tribute to the military.

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jill Puckett and Lance Cpl. Connor Stephenson, both from Grand Junction, were using the occasion to celebrate the Marine’s 238th birthday (the actual birthday was Sunday). Jill has served in Okinawa, Japan, Iraq and North Carolina. Connor is stationed at Buckley Air Force Base.

Pressed into service to help with the ball were several bright young men from the Honor Society of Boy Scouts. They were all members of Lodge No. 541, Order of the Arrow.

Spencer Randolph was at the center of a group of friends and fellow Colorado Mesa University students. Spencer served in the 3rd Marine Corps Division in Japan, Thailand, San Diego and Korea.

Pride and patriotism filled this event, and proceeds will benefit the Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Scholarship fund and the CMU Student Veterans Association.


n The Wells Fargo Tree Lighting, with an appearance by Santa and Christmas carols performed by the Barbershop Chorus, is set for 5–7 p.m. Friday on Main Street.

n The curtains will open for the comedy play “Hay Fever” at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at Robinson Theatre in Colorado Mesa University’s Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 seniors, $6 students. Box office: 248-1604.

n King’n Trio will play two benefit concerts for the Avalon Cornerstone Project at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Back Porch Music, 995 Independent Ave. Tickets cost $20. Info and tickets: 683-8778, avalontheatrefoundation.org.

Look for more upcoming events in Friday’s Out & About.


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