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April, 07 2013 - United Veterans Committee Hosts 41st Annual Awards Banquet

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Jay Bobick, left, compares notes with event chair and honoree Ken Melcher Jay Bobick, left, Marvin Meyers (chair of the awards committee) and Ken Melcher Tom Tobiassen, left, and Dr. Claudia Folska from RTD with Ed Williams and Representative Suzanne Williams Sue Smith, board member for honoree Center for American Values, with Militaryevents' Kenton Kuhn
Julian and Gladine Dracon Ed Wearing, past commander of the American Legion, Chris Harvey, past president of the American Legion Auxiliary and Ralph Bozella, president of UVC Robby Robinson, vice chairman of the Board of Veterans Affairs, left, with MG Steven Best Janet and Myron Spanier, left, with Daniel Warvi, Public Affairs officer for the VA Eastern CO Health Care System
Back row: Tom Allee, left, Sue Smith and Henry Jones; front: Leslie Sakato and her father, Medal of Honor recipient George "Joe" Sakato Sue Smith, left, Tom Allee, Elizabeth Gallegos and Dalton Sprouse, development manager for the Center for American Values Tommy Barrella, left, Greg Aretakis of Frontier Airlines, Serena Barrella, Don Whipple, Carron Barrella and Bernadette Martinez, also with Frontier Eric and Celeste (Davis) Stragand (she was honored for Outstanding Veteran Service) with Shana and Paul Morris and Al Amin
The Polite Jazz Quartet entertained during the reception. Bert Hendricks, left, CSM Kristal Florquist and John Toth Andris and Marsha Berzins (Aurora Mayor Pro Tem), left, Nina McGibney, Representative Su Ryden and Jim McGibney Past National Chaplain John Holland, left, with Michael Pond, Jr. Vice Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars
From the Vietnamese American Veteran Alliance: Chau Tran, left, and Binh Tran UVC 2nd Vice President Frank McCurdy, left, and Immediate Past President George Dale Thomas Phil Dubowitz, left, Dr. Ervin Moss, James Barnard of the Jewish War Veterans Post 344, and Jay Flourmoy, Reserve Personnel Commander at Buckley Clint Lindell and honoree Sharon Lindell, left, with Major General Mike Edwards and Laury Edwards
Michael Mitchell, left, David Gruber, Brenda Smull and John Toth, all of VFW Post 1 Col Mike Reed chats with Medal of Honor recipient George Sakato Shirley and Bill Baldaccini, from the Queen City chapter of the Korean War Veterans Assn. (honored as Outstanding Veteran Service Organization) Sue Smith, left, Col Tom Shetter, Elizabeth Gallegos and Dalton Sprouse
Diana Aragon, left, Pete Aragon and Izzy Abbass from VFW Post 1 Congressman Mike Coffman chats with Bernie Rogoff Leslie and George Sakato with Congressman Mike Coffman Fred Davine, left, with Joseph LeNier, WWII Iwo Jima veteran
The Littleton Community Music Association members entertained before dinner. Bill Conroy, director of the Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs, left, with Denise Holter and Rick Stewart, Veterans Service Officer, Arapahoe County The offical party takes their places on stage Jay Bobick was back as emcee extraordinaire this year.
UVC Treasurer Glenn Kataoka and Past President George Dale Thomas stand during introductions Chaplain Garry Turks gives the invocation Presentation of the Colors by the Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard Frank McCurdy performs the POW/MIA ceremony
Three gentlemen stand during the Marine anthem Katie and Mike Yaggi--he works for Iron Man Construction, who is building the Freedom Memorial that will be unveiled at the end of May WWII Brigadier General Mortimer I. Gordon and his wife Beryl--Mr. Gordon flew 90 missions in P61s. Jean Greenberg and Bernie Rogoff
Aurora Chamber's George Peck greets guest of honor Jose Riojas Congressman Ed Perlmutter chats with Jose "Joe" Riojas Andrew Romanoff, left, CMS Brian Long and Jay Flourmoy UVC President Ralph Bozella makes a few remarks about strides the UVC has made in the past year.
Guest speaker Jose "Joe" Riojas greets the crowd Joe Riojas makes a few remarks prior to the Governor arriving Jay Bobick greets Governor John Hickenlooper Governor John Hickenlooper told the crowd about continued efforts for advocacy for veterans.
Governor John Hickenlooper and his son Teddy are greeted by Ralph Bozella and Jay Bobick John Hickenlooper helps his son Teddy with his cheesecake Ralph Bozella and Jay Bobick present Joe Riojas with the traditional UVC "license plate" Ralph Bozella, left, Joe Riojas and Jay Bobick
Tommy Barrella was a winner of the raffle--Frontier Airlines donated $250 toward any airline ticket. Ken Melcher, center, is honored for Lifetime Achievement Erin Straub is honored as Veteran of the Year Erin Straub poses with Joe Riojas and Ralph Bozella
Congressman Mike Coffman, center, is honored as Distinguished Federal Legislator Joe Riojas, left, Congressman Mike Coffman and Ralph Bozella Joe Riojas, left, Rep. Suzanne Williams and Ralph Bozella Rep. Suzanne Williams is honored as Distinguished Legislator
Rep. Robert Ramirez was also honored as a Distinguished Legislator Nissa Szebo accepts the Distinguished Legislator award on behalf of Rep. Mark Waller James Gates, center, accepts the award for Distinguished Service James Stanko, center, also was honored for Distinguished Service
Tom Allee, center, was honored for Distinguished Achievement. Joe Riojas, left, Tom Allee and Ralph Bozella Steve Ferency was also honored for Distinguished Achievement. Brad Honl, director at Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons, accepts the Meritorious Service award on behalf of Mindy Moskowitz
Joe Riojas, left, Brad Honl and Ralph Bozella Joe Riojas and Ralph Bozella give the award for Meritorious Achievement to two of the Gold Star Wives--Patti Sampers and Jeanette Early Hal Bidlack, center, receives the award for Legislative Service Members of The Southern Ute Veterans Association receive the award for Distinguished Veterans Service Organization
Larry Tucker, left, Howard Richards and Ronnie Baker accept the award for The Southern Ute Veterans Association Celeste Davis (Stragand) receives the award for Outstanding Veteran Service, and happy birthday also! Henry Mondragon, center, receives the award for Outstanding Veterans Service Officer Sharon Lindell receives the award for Outstanding Service
Joe Riojas, left, Sharon Lindell and Ralph Bozella Dalton Sprouse, second from left, and Sue Smith accept the Outstanding Veteran Service Organization award for Center for American Values Joe Riojas, left, Dalton Sprouse, Sue Smith and Ralph Bozella Members of the Korean War Veterans Association Inc., Queen City Chapter 195, also accepting the award for Outstanding Veteran Service Organization
Greg Aretakis and Bernadette Martinez, center, of Frontier Airlines, accept the award for Outstanding Public Organization Joe Riojas, left, Greg Aretakis, Bernadette Martinez and Ralph Bozella Matt Buchler and Kim Watry accept the award for Outstanding Educational Organization, Longs Peak Middle School Andrea Meyers closes the program by leading "God Bless America."
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