A Night of Stars {Honor Flight Tallahassee}

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I previously posted advertising the community event that my students and I organized for Honor Flight Tallahassee called “A Night of Stars.” It was a huge success, and I want to share that we hosted a packed house of veterans, parents, students and community leaders, including Leon County Superintendent Rocky Hanna.

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The event featured catering by Marie Livingston’s Steakhouse and performances by the Chiles jazz ensemble and chorus.

However, everyone was there to meet and hear the stars, World War II liberators Bryce Thornton of Tallahassee and George Aigen of Valdosta. These gentlemen have both spoken to my students numerous times, but they never cease to move me. Each time I hear them, I learn more details about their experiences, and our audience was equally blown away.

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Of all of the fundraising drives I have been apart of, this is by far my favorite. My heart was over-joyed bringing these generations together in the same room to honor America’s Greatest Generation. Honor Flight is such a fantastic cause, and I am proud that we were able to make this year’s trip to Washington, DC a success.

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A Night of Stars Benefitting Honor Flight Tallahassee

Lawton Chiles Student Government Association is hosting A Night of Stars Benefitting Honor Flight Tallahassee on Monday, March 6, at 6 p.m., at Cross Creek Banquet Room, a beautiful facility off of I-10 and Mahan Drive, which has been generously provided by the Tallahassee Auto Museum, one of the event’s sponsors.

The mission of Honor Flight Tallahassee is to serve veterans in North Florida and South Georgia by transporting them to visit the memorials in Washington, D.C. This year’s trip will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

A Night of Stars will feature two WW2 liberators, Mr. Bryce Thornton of Tallahassee and Mr. George Aigen of Valdosta. Aigen, who has been featured in a Georgia PBS documentary honoring the state’s veterans, was recently nominated for the French Legion of Honor.

The $25 admission will include dinner by Marie Livingston’s Steakhouse and performances by the acclaimed Chiles High School chorus. Tickets may be purchased from the school’s website under the “Announcements” tab. For more information or to make donations, contact Rebecca Bandy, SGA sponsor, bandyr@leonschools.net.