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[Press Release] Government Sector Partygoers Usher In Holiday Season by Networking and Giving

Monday, December 07, 2009  
Posted by: Guy Timberlake
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Government Sector Partygoers Usher In

Holiday Season by Networking and Giving

Staff, Members, Friends and Supporters of The American Small Business Coalition converge on Falls Church, VA and raise nearly six thousand dollars for Wounded Warriors and families of fallen service members and an additional $1200 to recognize top cadets of the SCSU ROTC Bulldog Battalion.

Columbia, MD December 8, 2009 - - Supporting the communities where they work and live is one of the commitments of The American Small Business Coalition (The ASBC) and its members since the organization was established in 2004. On Tuesday, December 1, The ASBC hosted its annual holiday mixer that doubled as a fundraiser for the American Freedom Foundation and the SCSU ROTC Scholarship Award created in memory of their friend and former advisory board member Lieutenant General (ret.) Henry Doctor, Jr., USA, who passed away in 2007.

View 2009 Holiday Mixer Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX45rtOBUnc

View event pictures: http://www.theasbc.org/?page=2009holidaymixerpics

The sold out event was a festive celebration with food, drink and wall-to-wall networking where the only interruptions were for raffle prize giveaways and special announcements during the course of the evening. Through the efforts of more than twenty member volunteers and eighteen raffle item and silent auction donors, both causes benefitted from a complete sellout of silent auction items, and record raffle ticket sales. Proceeds also included a portion of sponsor fees and the tips earned by guest bartenders from Government and Industry that included Mary Davie, U.S. General Services Administration; Bridget Bean, U.S. Small Business Administration; Riley Repko, HQ U.S. Air Force; Amy Morris, Federal News Radio; and Nick Wakeman, Washington Technology.

The ASBC raises $5770.00 for the American Freedom Foundation (AFF)

"Not too many people fully understand what the military goes through on a daily basis,” states Jack L. Tilley, the former Sergeant Major of the Army and co-founder of the American Freedom Foundation. "Our goal is to increase our ability to address the needs of our Nation’s wounded and disabled veterans. The unsolicited support received from patriotic organizations like The American Small Business Coalition definitely helps us work towards that goal.”

Some of the organizations that benefit from the work of the American Freedom Foundation include Operation Rebound, Fisher House, Military Child Education Coalition, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and Operation Second Chance.

"To say it’s an honor to be part of this is an incredible understatement,” says Guy Timberlake, chief visionary and chief executive officer of The American Small Business Coalition. "You cannot say ‘thank you’ often enough or in enough ways to let our troops and their families know how much their sacrifices are appreciated.”

The American Freedom Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)3 public benefit corporation organized to honor veterans of America's armed forces with special emphasis on welfare and educational issues facing those wounded or disabled in action and the families of veterans killed in action during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Scholarship for Cadets of the South Carolina State University ROTC Program

"Thanks to the support of guest bartenders at our monthly mixers during the past year and those participating in last week’s holiday mixer, we’ve been able to reach our goal for this award,” says Margaret Timberlake, president and co-founder of The ASBC. "We look forward to travelling to South Carolina in April to present the first annual award to be given in honor and memory of General Doctor and his legacy of giving and leadership.”

The Lieutenant General (ret.) Henry Doctor, Jr. Leadership Award annually recognizes the top male and female cadets of the South Carolina State University Bulldog Battalion during the first semester of their senior year after completing the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). Cadets are selected by the Professor of Military Science based on their performance in four categories: leadership, academic achievement, physical fitness and a strong desire to serve in the active component of the United State Army.

About The American Small Business Coalition

The American Small Business Coalition is an engaging, member-driven community of trusted individuals and organizations from Government, Industry and Academia, located domestically and abroad. The ASBC is exclusively focused on the development of actionable intelligence and quality relationships to support the mission requirements of federal, state, and local government agencies, and hosts ongoing business-to-government (B2G) information exchanges to achieve these goals. The ASBC community consists of individual and corporate members from small, medium and large companies, academic institutions and government organizations, participating in formal and experience-based education and networking activities. Our shared interest is ensuring that Government has access to viable industry partners and that Industry learns and leverages best practices for identifying and capturing government acquisition opportunities. You can visit www.theasbc.org for more information.



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