DINNER DANCE 2000 T he results are in, our Millennium Year 2000 Scholarship Fund Dinner Dance was a resounding success! The November event, featuring guest of honor Major General Earnest O. Robbins, II, the Air Force Civil Engineer; and honored guests Lt. General Robert B. Flowers, the new Chief of Engineers for the Army; Rear Admiral Michael R. Johnson, the new Commander of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command; Rear Admiral Ronald F. Silva of the U.S. Coast Guard; and SAME’s newest Service Chief, Rear Admiral Robert By Harvey Sands
DISTINGUISHED AND HONORED GUESTS TABLE
C. Williams of the U.S. Public Health Service, attracted more than 600 people, representing a cross section of business and
military leaders from across the country. Not only did this turnout produce an extraordinarily enjoyable and entertaining evening for all; it yielded a record-breaking contribution toward the New York City Post’s Scholarship Fund of nearly $20,000.
Bud Griffis, Chair of our Scholarship Fund Committee, reports that there is now $3,034,000 of inviolate principal in the account as of the beginning of March 2001. Late last year, 156 scholarships were presented to students from over 65 colleges and universities throughout the United States, representing institutions with a range of geographic diversity, including the University of Alaska, the University of Maine at Orono, and West Virginia University. In addition, selected students from local colleges were able to personally receive their scholarships and enjoy the gala evening.
The music provided by the Peter Duchin Orchestra was exceptional and created frequent crushes on the dance floor right up to midnight (and probably beyond). The Waldorf-Astoria spared no effort to accommodate the Post at a reasonable cost, including beautiful floral arrangements. I’ve received many expressions of satisfaction regarding the ceremonial portion of the evening, which proceeded without a hitch. The Honor Guard was superlative and the West Point Glee Club most entertaining.
Planning is proceeding for this year’s event, scheduled for Saturday evening, November 3rd. The Dinner Dance Committee Chair, Harvey Sands, and Co-Chairs, Judy Cooper of Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Frank Lombardi, Chief Engineer of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, are again hard at work to make the 2001 event even bigger and better.
SARAH PEARCE AND COLONEL WILLIAM PEARCE
COL. F.H. “BUD” GRIFFIS, USA (RET.), ALLAN SHAPIRO, LT. GEN. ROBERT FLOWERS, USA, MAJ. GEN. MILTON HUNTER, USA, RADM MICHAEL R. JOHNSON, USN, MAJ. GEN. EARNEST ROBBINS, USAF, RADM RONALD F. SILVA, USGG, BRIG. GEN. STEPHEN RHOADES, USA, HARVEY SANDS
ALLAN AND MARY SHAPIRO
ALLAN SHAPIRO, BRIG. GEN. STEPHEN RHOADES, USA, MAJ. GEN. JERRY L. SINN, USA
HELEN BACCHUS, COL. F.H. “BUD” GRIFFIS, USA (RET.), GENERAL WALT BACCHUS (RET.), DON HAZEN COL. USA (RET.), SHERRY HAZE NANCY GRIFFIS