Friday, July 22, 2011

Military Family of the Year 2011

Back in May of this year my family was chosen as the Military Family Of The Year by the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA). My family was excited beyond belief, I think it took us a while before it actually sank in. To be selected as the Military Family of the Year, one or both family members must be active duty and/or involved in the military community. My husband has been an Active Duty Marine for 11 years; I have been actively involved with the ASYMCA since 2008, volunteering for several events as a photographer. Apart from the ASYMCA, I was also involved with the Family Readiness Group at my husband's unit, assisting the Family Readiness Officer in the organization of holiday parties for over 200 families, attending meetings to better disseminate information to family members and creating templates for the unit newsletter that are still utilized today. The ASYMCA is a non-profit organization that provides lots of fun events, emergency assistance, summer camps, counseling and much more to military familes. We were honored to be acknowledged during the 6th Annual Military Appreciation Day at the Cox Celebrity Championship, Golf Tournament, hosted by Drew Brees. Yes, that is correct, Drew Brees! It was great to have met him. Drew Brees was the NFL's 2009 quarterback of the year. Mr Brees and his wife Britany love to give back to the community and created the Brees Dream Foundation. This year the Brees Dream Foundation donated over $100, 000 to the ASYMCA, can you say, WOW! That money will go to good use in the hands of the ASYMCA and help many military families who come from all walks of life; thank you Mr. Brees.
Our main prizes include a 47'' Plasma TV from Evolution Home Theatre and a free gallery wrap from Picture It On Canvas . Thank you to all the companies and organizations who graciously provided the ASYMCA with all our prizes.

I would also like to give a very special thank you to Karena Vigliotti, for giving me the opportunity to volunteer, which allowed me to grow as a photographer, and more importantly, allowed me to capture beautiful moments in military family's lives. Without her, I wouldn't have had so many wonderful opportunities with such amazing people. She will always have a special place in my heart. Thank You!
Turcios Family with Mr. Brees

Miss Turcios saying the Pledge of Allegiance w/ such grace.

Marine Corps Family

The girls getting Recognized.

1 comment:

  1. Well deserved Chriselda! We miss you and your talented photography already! Come visit us soon. Your friends at the SDASYMCA.