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:
Full Circle Financial
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.
And a Grateful thank you to all of our Silent Auction Donors:
Austin Saunders – High Caliber Craftsman
Blue Pete’s Restaurant
Causeway Plumbing – The Staude Family
Chef Alvin “AJ” Hyman – Sweetwater Cuisine
Connie Murphy – Connie’s Wreaths
Delite Lee Bakery
Either Ore Jewelers
Ever Jane Boutique
Freedom Outdoors – Ed Noqueras
Fuddrucker’s Virginia Beach
Jim White Fitness
Jodi Moore Newland – Sweetwater Cuisine
Lee Rech – Color Street
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
Pungo Board House
River Dogs Kayaking – Spencer Hull
Rudee Inlet Jet Ski/Parasail
Sarah Harbin – Twice Loved 757
Southside Harley Davidson
Taste Town Center – Rob Reper
Taylor Skeet and Sara Merill
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
Three Notch’d Brewing
Warrior’s Taphouse – The Culler Family