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Photos by Jim Singler
On November 8, 2014 a capacity crowd of over 140 people attended STL Village's USO Canteen Party to celebrate Veteran's Day and to honor the USO. The 17 piece band, Second Generation Swing, led by Larry Koesterer had the people hopping until 11:00 pm with a rich variety of numbers from the forties, fifties, and sixties.
The Mahler Ballroom on Washington Avenue near Euclid was decorated in red white and blue streamer, bunting, flags, balloons, and table center pieces.
During the band's break the audience was treated to dance performances, combination raffle-50/50, and a recognition of veterans in attendance by Colonel Lisa Hansen, U.S. Air Force, Retired.
A full bar and light refreshments were served. The delicious sandwiches from Caruso's Deli were disguised in plain brown boxes marked C-Rations in keeping with the night's theme. For dessert, fresh donuts from World's Fair Doughnuts were passed out through the crowd.
Professional dancers, Vassily and Amelia, performed a variety of dance styles from the 1940's era.
At the entrance to the ballroom, Military Vehicle Restoration provided a WWII jeep and four men in full uniform. Many attendees stopped to be photographed in the jeep by photographer Jim Singler.
The raffle-50/50 brought in over a thousand dollars. Some of the raffle prizes were gift certificates from Wildflower Restaurant, Scape Restaurant, Evangeline's Bistro, Cucina Pazzo, Hacienda Restaurant, and Gamlin Whiskey House. Other prizes included a massage and manicure at Philip Johnson Salon, a print by artist Anne Rowe, and a Twosome of golf at Gateway National Golf Links. The two top prizes were a Flight Simulator Session at Flight Safety International, and half of the proceeds from the 50/50.
Twenty-five percent of the proceeds was donated to the USO, and twenty-five percent went to STL Village.