December 9th
The Venue at
Denali Jean Ranch


The 8th Annual Hearts & Hoofbeats

A very merry and memorable time was had by all at our 8th annual Hearts & Hoofbeats event – Christmas in the Country. What a huge success!

Guests enjoyed the largest food buffet we’ve ever had – thank you Pungo Boys BBQ, Fuddruckers, and Yummy Goodness for bringing the incredible flavors to our guests! Guests played our Wine Ring Toss Game, sent friends to our Candy Cane Jail, participated in our Cake Walk, Voted for their favorite Mini Tree Centerpieces, (Congrats to Michelle King Roper for winning that contest – It was a tight race!), and they watched the debut of our brand new VGL Video.

Guests were delighted to also enjoy The Blitzen, served by the phenomenal Tipsy Squirrel team and our future residents were excited to be called on by name by Santa Claus to receive special gifts! Such a special moment!

The talented Kristen Crowley emceed our evening, and guests got to hear from our Executive Director, Debbie Dear, a parent and supporter, John Napolitano, and Vanguard Landing was even presented with a check from Ping Pong for Charity and Ken Lees.  Lastly, a future resident made a speech to show his appreciation as well. WOW!

Our Incredible Event Sponsors and Powerful Event Committee made this event the success it was and we are grateful to each and every one of them! 

A HUGE Vanguard Landing thank you to our Gracious Giver $2500 Level Sponsors:

AMC 911

Causeway Plumbing

Full Circle Financial

SJS Executives

Window World

A BIG thank you to our Activity and Event Sponsors:

Budget Blinds – Rudolph’s Event Shirt Sponsor

Beach Ford – Partial Food Station Sponsor

Bluebird Beach Bungalows – Prancer’s Popcorn Bar Sponsor

Banker’s Insurance – Comet’s Cookies/Milk & The Blitzen Signature Drink Sponsor

Melynda and Mark Compton – Candy Cane Jail and Dasher’s Cake Walk Sponsor

Lucky Oyster – Signature Ornament Sponsors

Kelli and Mike Custer – Santa’s Surprise Gifts Sponsor

Warrior’s Taphouse – Cupid’s Cocoa Bar Sponsor

Hoek Dentistry – Reindeer Game Bingo Sponsor

Dear-Keim Family – Up on the Tabletop Mini Trees Sponsor

Thrivent, Susan Cook – Miscellaneous Event Support Sponsor

A Heartfelt thank you to all our In-Kind Sponsors:

Culpepper Barn, Coastal Threads, Tipsy Squirrel, Charlie Zdebski, Pungo Boys BBQ, Josie Rosengrant, Sonic, 7-11 Redmill, Erin Lasseter, Harris Teeter, Lori Bridges, Whitney Dear-Reyes, and Signs of Success!

An ENORMOUS thank you to our Event Committee

YOU Are true champions for Vanguard Landing and we are so grateful for your tireless efforts, your constant support, and your strong loyalty to our mission.

Thank you Lori Bridges, Jackie McCormack, Nathalie Moss, Ashton Dear-Huffman, Jennifer Staude, Jordan Dear, Thomas Thornton, Lee Woodard, Jennifer Clement, Josie Rosengrant, Billie Miller, Laure Haddock, Laura Irvine, Lisa and Julie Sugden, Julie Jackson, and Erin Lasseter.



Scott and Allison Bough
Jason Boyce
Patricia Clendenin
Mark and Melynda Compton
Genine Cooper
Mike and Kelli Custer
Debra Dear
Margaret Dutton
Keri Estabrooks
Karen Fortier
Jesus Garcia
Denise Green
Katie Hammer
Charlie and Celeste Hayes
Barbara Henley
Ed Hopper
George and Cristy Huffman
Chris and Chelsea Jennings
Ron Keim
Geoff and Brenda Klein
Mark Lane
Curtis and Naseem Matteson
Brian and Mariel McClung
Angie and Eric Moulton
Jodi Newland
John and Kim Nickerson
Colleen OMara
Jennie and Brad Solis
Margaret Swingle
Dianna and Rick Wassell
Nick Werner

And a Grateful thank you to all of our Silent Auction Donors:

Alicia Simpkins

Amanda Earl

Angie Schwartz

Ashley Vaughan

Austin Saunders – High Caliber Craftsman

Billie Miller

Billie Miller

Blue Pete’s Restaurant

Candace Rarick

Carly Melvin

Causeway Plumbing – The Staude Family

Chef Alvin “AJ” Hyman – Sweetwater Cuisine

Cinema Café

Coast DIY

Connie Murphy – Connie’s Wreaths

Cristy Huffman

Crystal Hilliard

Dahlia Edwards

Debbie Dear

Debbie Nolan

Delite Lee Bakery

Diane Sessoms

Either Ore Jewelers

Erin Lasseter

Ever Jane Boutique

Freedom Outdoors – Ed Noqueras

Fuddrucker’s Virginia Beach

Greenbriar Dental

Heirloom Restaurant

Irene Fox

Jackie McCormack

Jamie Todd

Jessica Palaoro

Jim White Fitness

Jodi Moore Newland – Sweetwater Cuisine

Julie Harshaw

Julie Summs

Katie Reper

Latitude Climbing

Laura Irvine

Lee Rech – Color Street

Lemontree Gallery

Leslie Long

Lindsey Dear

Lori Bridges

Massage Luxe – Parisa Granger

Michelle Holmes School of Golf

My New Beginnings – Tina Dalgleish

Nathalie Jackson Moss

Neptune’s Fury – Matt and Jason

Northhampton Inn – Cape Charles – Tiffany

Nothing Bundt Cakes Hilltop

Paula B’s Southern Shore

Peggy Pahoilis

Pungo Board House

Rachel Ulrickson

River Dogs Kayaking – Spencer Hull

Robert Mills

Ronald Jackson

Rudee Inlet Jet Ski/Parasail

Salon Mosaic

Sarah Harbin – Twice Loved 757

Shay Shay

Shirley Lester

Southside Harley Davidson

Taste Town Center – Rob Reper

Taylor Skeet and Sara Merill

Tidewater Mulch

The Ability Center of Virginia

The Body Shop

The Farm Life Organic

The Hive @ Greenbriar Farms

The Knotty Hippie

The Manfredonia Family

The Paper Topiary – Tonya Davis

The Royal Chocolate

Thirteen Winks – Carla Ryan

Thomas Thornton

Three Notch’d Brewing

Tina Dalgleish

Tonya Davis

Veronica Vale

Victoria DiSilvestro

Warrior’s Taphouse – The Culler Family

Whiskey Kitchen

Whitney Booze – Beach House Cookies

Here’s a glimpse at our event through the lens of Linde Nagel Photography! Thank you Linde!