SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
With the arrival of the winter season typically comes the 50th Space Wing Holiday Party; however, this year “wing” has been extended to “base” as cold weather looms.
All Schriever Air Force Base inhabitants are officially invited to attend the “Seasonal Celebrations Around the World” party, a celebration of unity and giving, Dec. 1.
“The vision we have for this year is to provide Schriever leadership the opportunity to thank base personnel for their efforts and shared mission accomplishment, and we want to do this while celebrating inclusiveness and a sense of giving, in a fun and classy environment,” said 2nd Lt. Ethan McCarthy 22nd Space Operations Squadron mission commander and holiday party coordinator.
All ticket sales for the party are set to be finalized Nov. 27, with the event taking place at the Peterson Air Force Base Club, 6 - 9 p.m. Dec. 1. Unlike holiday parties of the past, there is no set series of events. After opening remarks and an invocation, it is up to the facilitator and guests to keep the night rolling.
“We’re hoping to wash away the expectation of it being a sit-down evening. It’s definitely going to be more of a social event this year, with plenty of talking, walking around, dancing, mingling and trying the different food options available,” said Capt. Cole White, 22nd SOPS chief of weapons and tactics and holiday party coordinator.
White and McCarthy praised the unique menu for this year’s party as a tool to highlight a sense of unity for the night.
“We are going to have a buffet of heavy h'ordeuvres from various regions around the world," McCarthy said. "It’s a way to see what other cultures have to offer in terms of flavors and tastes."
Following the theme of a season of giving, there will be an opportunity for attendees to support the local community with donations.
“The sense of giving is going to be big-especially because we’re asking attendees to provide either cans of food or toy donations to provide as much as we can to local charities,” White said. “The incentive there is the more toys or cans of food people bring, the more tickets they earn for the night’s raffle.”
The raffle will take place during the party, with ticket-holders awaiting to find out who will be the owner of the “grand prize,” which White is keeping secret until the day of the festivity.
While adults enjoy the food, music and socializing the holiday party will offer, the youngest members of the Schriever community will be able to enjoy either a night at the Schriever Child Development Center for their December “Parent’s Night Out,” or the separate kids party that will take place at the Peterson Club.
“We’ll have games, activities, coloring and whatever else we need to accommodate the age groups we’ll have,” McCarthy said. “Of course, Schriever CDC already has their night on-lock.”
Ultimately, holiday party coordinators will work to provide attendees a low-stress night of socializing and food, only requesting guests to pay special heed to the dress code.
“We’re trying to make this a more relaxed social event. It’s more of a cocktail party,” McCarthy said. “Just please don’t come in jeans, sweatpants or ‘ugly sweaters.’”
Ticket prices for the holiday party range from $15 - $30, to find out your price-bracket, contact your unit point of contact or call 2nd Lt. Robert Kuntz at 567-6919.
All details regarding the holiday party will be available on guests’ tickets once they are issued. For any additional questions regarding the party, contact White at 567-2897.