3rd Annual Red, White, & Blue Christmas


Irregardless of our political situation at home, our troops overseas and their families, always deserve the best support we can provide. For the past two years, this event gave comfort to many local families whose loved ones are serving overseas in the cause of freedom. Thanks to a great outpouring of community support, it was hugely successful. This year’s event promises to be even better.

While the sacrifice of the men and women in our nation’s armed forces is clear, what many in our community don’t know is that families of our servicemen and service women suffer even beyond the separation and the worry. Many families lose their breadwinner, and often take a large pay cut in service to our country. Sometimes it takes months for military pay to even be received as training, locations, and deployments change, leaving families to subsist on savings, borrowings, and kindness. Some families find themselves behind in rent, or leaving important bills unpaid while their loved ones selflessly serve our country.

Proceeds of this event will replenish an assistance fund used to help local military families in their time of need.

It also will provide entertainment, moral support, and inspiration. Most importantly it will provide cheer and personal contact via an Internet Video Conferencing System that will allow our troops stationed overseas to see, hear, and interact with their loved ones left behind.

On behalf of our local military families, and the members of the Chico National Guard, I ask for your support.

You can support our troops 3 ways:

1. Buy tickets to the event

2. Make a donation of goods and services for the silent auction

3. Make a cash donation.

Details are below. Thank you for your consideration. Anthony

Support Our Troops

A Red White and Blue Christmas…The 3rd Annual Northern California Holiday Fundraiser to assist the Chico National Guard Families

• Emceed by Bruce Sessions, KPAY Radio

• Tri Tip dinner with the Soldiers families, catered by Larry Juanarena (Pat and Larry’s Steak House)

• Fundraising Silent Auction

• Guest Speakers – Entertainment, and more.

When and Where:

Chico Elks Lodge, 1705 Manzanita Ave. Chico Tuesday December 19th 2006 6PM -11PM

Tickets are $30 per person

Tickets are available at:

• California Water Service 222 Whitman Ave. Chico (Next to Costco)

• Wittmeier Auto Center, Forest Ave next to Wal-Mart in Chico

• Diamond W. Western Wear 181 E. 2nd, Street, Chico

• Coldwell Banker, 7030 Skyway, Paradise

Donations can be made out to “Chico National Guard Family Assistanceâ€? and dropped off at California Water Service Company 222 Whitman Ave Chico or at Tri Counties Bank, All Chico Locations.

If you have a donation for the silent auction, they’ll be happy to come by and pick it up. Email Sgt. Douglas Shaw at:


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December 18, 2006 12:01 pm

“Irregardless” isn’t a word. I think that you mean either “irrespective” or “regardless”. I’m really just trying to be helpful. You’ll sound like an idiot to people if you go around using non-words, and I can tell from your writing that you are not an idiot. Have a good one!
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Thanks for the note, Chris. I learned something. The American heritage Dictionary says this about it below. I guess its a lot like “you say tomato and I say tomahto”. Irrespective, its one of those words and phrases that has made it into common use, even though its technically wrong. Another good example is the redundant phrase “close proximity” which I see regularly in newsprint.
SYLLABICATION: ir·re·gard·less
ADVERB: Nonstandard Regardless.
ETYMOLOGY: Probably blend of irrespective and regardless.
USAGE NOTE: Irregardless is a word that many mistakenly believe to be correct usage in formal style, when in fact it is used chiefly in nonstandard speech or casual writing. Coined in the United States in the early 20th century, it has met with a blizzard of condemnation for being an improper yoking of irrespective and regardless and for the logical absurdity of combining the negative ir– prefix and –less suffix in a single term. Although one might reasonably argue that it is no different from words with redundant affixes like debone and unravel, it has been considered a blunder for decades and will probably continue to be so.

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