Lincoln Land MOAA Chapter and the Survivor Outreach Services Colaborate to Host and Honor Gold Star Survivors and Families at the Gold Star Survivors Appreciation Dinner
November 19, 2022 - Northfield Inn - Springfield, IL
The Gold Star Appreciation Dinner on November 19, 2022 could not have gone better! Lincoln Land MOAA wants to thank Chris and her volunteers who assisted us in making this such a GREAT Event!! Thanks to our Chapter members for their continued support of our Survivors and for the hospitality exhibited Saturday evening.
Many of the Gold Star and Survivor attendees were very pleased with the event and grateful for the support from the Chapter!! President Abraham Lincoln entertained and did a GREAT job!
Another BIG thank you to BG McDonough who expressed his gratitude for the sacrifices made by our service members and spoke of the continued support the Illinois National Guard provides Survivors.
Thanks to Colonel Bob Tyler who informed Survivors and attendees about the important work MOAA does to improve benefits for service members and their families. It was truly a spectacular evening! If you missed this event, I encourage you to plan on attending our 2023 event. I hope it will be bigger and better than this year.
This Special Event, co-sponsored by Survivor Outreach Services and Lincoln Land Chapter of MOAA, was to honor and recognize Gold Star Spouses with school-aged children and the adult children of the deceased service member residing in the Central Illinois area. Lincoln Land Chapter of MOAA is proud to continue their support of the Gold Star Mission. Funding for most of the event was provided through a MOAA National Community Outreach Grant.
Thank you to ALL that helped and supported this great event. Below are a few photos of our event.
Out Guest Speakers
Abraham Lincoln Presenter, Mr. Randy Duncan.
Brigadier General Dan McDonough, Assistant Adjutant General, Air, Illinois Air National Guard
Colonel Robert Tyler, USMC, Retired; President, MOAA Illinois Council of Chapters
Brigadier General Dan McDonough, Assistant Adjutant General, Air, Illinois Air National Guard, offered his perspective and importance of the Gold Star Families and Gold Star Mission.
Abraham Lincoln Presenter, Mr. Randy Duncan, entertained the group with his portrayal and historical account of Abraham Lincoln on this, the 159th Anniversary of Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address.
Colonel Robert Tyler, USMC, Retired; President, MOAA Illinois Council of Chapters, discusses the impact of MOAA and the significance of MOAA supporting the Gold Star Families and Survivors.
Our Gold Star Survivors and Families
and our Speakers/Hosts
Lincoln Land Chapter President Dave Miller (USA, Ret) (1st Row Far Left)
Chris Milchuck, (1st Row, Far RIght)
Brigadier General Dan McDonough, USAF
Abraham Lincoln (Mr. Randy Duncan) (2nd Row, Far Right)
Chapter President LTC Dave Miller (USA, Ret) addresses the gathering.
Chris Milchuck, IL Survivor Outreach Services Support Coordinator, welcomes everyone to the event.
Pre-Dinner Music Enertainment provided by Maj Dave Knieriem, USAF (Ret) - Lincoln Land MOAA 1st Vice President
A few candid photos of the attendees at this special event.