On August 10, 2012 the Operation Kids’ Christmas (OKC) committee will be sponsoring a benefit Texas Blowout barbeque at Vandenberg Air Force Base.  We would greatly appreciate it if your business could donate goods that we can use as door prizes, raffle prizes or for the silent auction.

The focus of this fundraising event is to raise money for Operation Kids’ Christmas. OKC is a private organization which is not affiliated with the military, and the members of the Vandenberg community have supported this event for 46 years. Each year 200 needy children from the surrounding communities of Lompoc, Santa Maria, Guadalupe, and Santa Ynez are selected with the help of the Salvation Army, People Helping People, and social workers to attend this Christmas Event. Each child (who is allowed to attend only once) is provided with clothing, a Christmas feast, and a sack of toys from Santa while escorted by their own dedicated volunteer during the daylong event. Additionally, when each child is dropped off in the morning, the family is provided a food basket complete with a turkey and all the fixings for a Christmas dinner at home.

Although the volunteers are plentiful, providing Christmas for 200 children and their families is

expensive. We depend on donations and fundraising events like the Texas Blowout to allow us to

continue this very important tradition. The Texas Blowout is an annual event that brings people together for a day of fun and good food. It features a car and motorcycle show, games, prizes and a silent auction. Last year’s attendance was over 600 people and with the help of generous sponsors we raised over $8,000 for Operation Kids’ Christmas. All proceeds from this fundraiser go directly to the operating budget, providing the toys, clothes, and food that make a magical holiday season.

In gratitude for your generous donation, we will proudly display your company’s name or company logo on a “Donated By” sign for each item you provide for the Blowout. Our Tax ID number is 23-7241924. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our solicitation persons via the contact information below. Thank you in advance for your support.

Amanda Filiowich                              John Lippolis

P.O. Box 5956                                    P.O. Box 5956

Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437                         Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437

Cell Phone: (701) 340-8199                Cell Phone: (701) 340-2407

amandafiliowich@hotmail.com          J77lipp@gmail.com