The 2nd Battalion of the 116 Field Artillery Brigade of the Florida Army National Guard, stationed in Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven and Dade City, is deploying to the Middle East next month. A Farewell Ceremony will be held in their honor on Friday, January 8, 2010 at The Lakeland Center Arena.
The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce has been asked to serve as the “Who to Call” contact for the families of the deployed servicemen and women. Initially we were asked to provide our Chamber Buyer’s Guide to each family, but we thought we would take it a step further. Publix graciously donated 300 reusable green bags to hold the Buyer’s Guides and fillers from our members… Now all we need are fillers!
~Calling all Chamber Member Businesses~
You and your company can support the families of the deployed servicemen and women by offering coupons, discount cards, pens, notepads, magnets, specialty products… anything that promotes your business and shows your support for our troops.
Time is short! If you and your company would like to participate, we need 325 of your bag “fillers” at the Chamber office on or before Thursday, January 7. If you would like to participate, please contact Katie Daughtrey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (863) 688-8551, x241.
Don’t have a bag “filler”? You can still help! On Thursday, January 7 at 3 p.m., Chamber staff and volunteers will be organized to fill the bags with all of the goodies we’ve collected. To offer your time, please contact Katie Daughtrey.
The 2nd Battalion of the 116 Field Artillery Brigade of the Florida National Guard is stationed in Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven and Dade City. This is the first time since World War II that all four divisions of the 116th have been deployed together. A “Band of Brothers” Ceremony for the soldiers, their families, and all veterans will be held at the Veteran’s Memorial Park on the West side of the Lakeland Center at 9:00 am on January 8, 2010. A public farewell ceremony will be held at the Lakeland Center Arena at 10:00 am on Friday, January 8, 2010. Please come show your support for our troops!