Yes, it is time for us to relax and celebrate the season after another year’s successful efforts. Our grand gala with live music, great food and great camaraderie is always enjoyable and rewarding. Our festivities begin at 6PM with an hour of socializing, sharing, and picture taking. LTC Pratt’s Marine Corp JROTC students from Churchland High School will be there collecting gifts for their “Toys for Tots” program. Please bring new unwrapped gifts. The age group most needed are for 7 to 12 years of age as most people tend to bring gifts for younger children. The sad truth is when all is said and done, there is always a huge stack of fuzzy stuffed animals with no place to go at this time. Here are some suggestions and reminders. Toys must be NEW and NOT gift-wrapped. Toys most needed are for children 7 to 12 years of age. I do not recommend toys requiring batteries, particularly special or large numbers of batteries for obvious reasons. I favor traditional game packages, especially when several types of games are included. Games are generally not too expensive and canbe enjoyed by a wide range of ages. Remember when purchasing games and toys for older children that toddlers may also be in the family, so avoid extreme choking hazards. Do not become overwhelmed when facing the mountainous stacks of toys displayed this time of year, just think safe, easy to maintain, durable, serving a wide age range, and especially remember the older kids. Ensure your money is wisely spent by buying gifts for older children.

We will also be collecting donations for the Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless winter sheltering program. This has been done at every meeting since 2011. The last item to remember while enjoying our social hour is to turn your Pollyanna gift over to the official PACMOAA Christmas elf, Sherry Ferki, if you are participating in the gift exchange. A long time PACMOAA tradition at the annual Christmas party is participating in the Pollyanna gift exchange. Always great fun to receive a small Pollyanna gift. Remember, gifts are not to exceed $15 or so price range. Please mark the untagged gift with the designation “man” or “woman”. If all the gentlemen bring a man’s gift and the ladies bring woman’s gift, the official Christmas elf will have no problems placing participant names on the gifts for distribution by Santa after he arrives.

The Tidewater Concert Band, world famous in Hampton Roads, will be entertaining us during the evening with seasonal dinner music and a show after dinner. Dancing depends on participation.

Dinner will be served at 7PM

Salad with variety of dressings
Request Your Choice of ENTRÉE when you make reservations!
1. Beef Tenderloin - Medium Temp
2. Fresh Flounder Stuffed with Chesapeake Bay Crabmeat and Old Bay Sauce
Chef's choice for Sides, Rolls and Desserts .
Ice, Tea, Coffee, Water at table with Coffee and Hot Water for Tea Station
Cost is $40.00 (includes tax and gratuity)