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This form is used so we can plan for the number of attendees for dinner. Sarge's meet and greet is held the night before PIR. The event is open to all ages. Proudly sponsored by Anchors Aweigh Transportation (DBA) MyNavyTaxi.com and my family.
Recruits will not be present for this event and this is not an official U.S. Navy sponsored event.
This event is held off base.
Basic information about the meet and greet:
The meet and greet is for everyone including children and is normally held on Thursday evening the night before graduation. On rare occasions, we may host it on a Tuesday or Wednesday if graduation day falls on a day other than Friday.
My wife and I have been hosting this pre-graduation event for seven years. In 2017, we provided over 17,000 meals for our new Navy Families and loved ones. It is a nice way to meet other Navy families in a relaxed setting and meet the parents and loved ones that your sailor has bonded with in their division at boot camp. None of the food or labor is donated and we rely solely on kind contributions of those attending the dinner to fund this event.
If you plan on attending the dinner, please R.S.V.P. on the website www.mynavytaxi.com/events.html Please use proper capitalization since the guest list is printed from your entries. Please double check your e-mail address and ensure that it is correct before you submit the RSVP. Incorrect or spam identified emails will not receive a confirmation.
If you cannot attend and wish to make a heartfelt contribution via credit card you may do so by clicking on the secure https://paypal.me/navytaxi to send your contribution. The link will display Anchors Aweigh Transport Inc. If it does not display a blue background and the words Anchors Aweigh, please call me immediately at 847-212-0246
We are not a 501(C)(3) organization and thank you in advance for your support. No PayPal account is needed to contribute. Contributions are NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
In case you are interested or wondering, we do not have any financial stake in the venue or, the Lakehurst Corporate Center (formally known as the Sundance Saloon), or the Tee-shirt vendor. The Lakehurst Corporate Center allows our new Navy Family to use the entire first floor of their corporate center each week at no charge, to our Navy families. The meet and greet is totally funded by our new Navy families who attend each week through their generous contributions at the buffet table or online. WE DO NOT RECEIVE ANY FUNDS FROM THE T-SHIRT VENDOR NOR FROM THE CORPORATE CENTER. They are a separate venue, however; they contribute a patriotic basket that consist of a Navy Flag with the PIR date, seat cushions, Navy hat, Navy Mug, navy blanket valued at $135.00
If you want a challenge coin for your sailor go to www.pirgifts.com This is an EBay site to order all your graduation keepsakes.
If you can't make it to the meet and greet, you can pick up your gear on graduation day either before or after the ceremony.
On Graduation days they will have a customized shop setup at the Metra train station across from RTC opening at 10:00 AM for your easy pick up of customized gear or last-minute memories.
The meet and greet is not funded by the Navy, DOD (Department of Defense), NWR, or any other organization or charitable institutions. My wife and I cover all the expenses for the catered food, labor, incidentals, and cleaning expenses, forty-eight times a year, thanks to the kind contributions the week before. We believe in paying forward and your kind support, through kind voluntary contributions and raffle ticket sales, ensures that our future Navy families will have the same opportunity to attend this gala event prior to graduation like you did. Your heartfelt contributions help offset our out-of-pocket expenses and assist in funding the future meet and greets. Our biggest meet and greet was on October 5th, 2017 when we had over 821 Navy loved one’s attend.
Please plan to attend even if you can’t contribute. If you’d like to bring a basket to raffle, either your choice, or themed to your home State, please do so. MAKE THE BASKET INTERESTING. Alcohol is acceptable. Keep in mind that some families may travel on airplanes and may have to place their winnings in a suitcase. If you’re contributing a basket, please download the form on our website at http://www.mynavytaxi.com/goodies.html and bring it with your basket. Make the basket exciting so people will want to purchase prize tickets.
It is always a fun and informative night, so we thank you in advance. Please pass the word around to other guests at your hotel as they may not be aware of this event. Children of all ages are always welcome. Dress is very casual - come as you like. There is only one large 10 top table per division (first come first served), so you can sit with and meet the families that your sailor has bonded with while in boot camp. Remaining open seating is available.
When you enter the lobby, please sign the guest roster and make a name tag with your first name and your sailor’s division number and indicate how many guests arrived.
There is one large round table in the front of the stage which is reserved for physically challenged individuals. There is no other reserved seating other than by one large 10 top per division, first come, first served. There may be one table reserved for the Great Lakes “A” school students and special guest. Please respect the “reserved signs”. There is plenty of open seating available.
Finally - the buffet line will remain open until all the delicious food is gone. This is not fingered food, it is real meals. There is voluntary contribution box located at the head of the buffet table if you wish to help with your kind contributions towards our future meet and greets. We are not a 501(3) (C) organization and contributions are not tax deductible, and we thank you in advance. Checks are acceptable and can be made out to Anchors Aweigh Transportation. Alcohol and soft drinks are available at the bar for purchase. Please drink responsibly.
Most important - read the survival guide located at www.mynavytaxi.com/goodies.html
God Bless our service members, our first responders, their families, and the great United States of America!
Welcome aboard and congratulations on your Sailor’s Honor, Courage, and Commitment to our Country.
4:45 PM Guests start to arrive (come early - only ONE large table for each division) seating is available on a first come first served basis. Open seating is available
5:15 - 5:45 PM Division Photo taking with PIR FLAG
5:45 - 6:15 Dancing and MORE greeting
6:15 PM Invocation and Buffet line is opened.
We cater in pasta, Popeyes famous fried chicken, teriyaki chicken, orange chicken, oriental noodles and rice, sausage and peppers, meatballs, veggies, Olive Garden® bread sticks, salad, fruit trays, and my wife's world-famous cookies. During dinner there will be a film on Boot Camp, Battle Stations 21, and the continuous slide show on what to expect this weekend.
7:20 PM - Pledge of Allegiance and Flag Tribute
7:30 PM - Tribute to Veterans and National Anthem
7:45 PM Overview of slides that were shown during dinner including shortcuts to graduation hall which will save you an hour of waiting on line at Buckley road.
8:15- 9:PM - Basket raffles
NOTE ** Please double check your e-mail address before you hit the submit button.
If it is incorrect, you will not receive a confirmation. When you receive your RSVP confirmation, the event address will be included and there will be an internal link to the "must have" PDF. Please check your junk mail and spam mail folders for your confirmation. Times are approximate based upon the number of guest attending. Normally there are 300-500 guest attending.