Fort Stewart Community Showcase, Travel Show brings enlightenment
March 24, 2011
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Soldiers, Family Members, civilians and retirees received important community wide information at the Fort Stewart Community Showcase and Travel Show, at Club Stewart, March 9. This bi-annual event is offered each spring and fall, and held in conjunction with the Regional Information Sharing Forum that allows participants to learn what the community has to offer.
Participants had the opportunity to learn everything from health related information to popular vacation spots for the entire Family.
"The showcase is all about them," said Susan Phillips, of the Fort Stewart Public Affairs Office. "It was started in 2007 as a means to keep spouses and Family Members informed of what there was to do to keep them gainfully occupied while their Soldiers were deployed."
This event drew an estimated 500 attendees according to Patrick Young, community relations officer.
Door prizes were given to those who attended the showcase. Winners were selected and won prizes, which included hotel stays, amusement park tickets, and gift certificates. With 59 exhibitors on site, there was something for everyone, regardless of their age.
Both Army Community Service and Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation were also on hand to offer programs and activities that are accessible on the Stewart-Hunter installation.
"We like to come out because there are always things you learn about what is going on in the community, and what one might miss being advertised in the newspaper," said Family Member MaryAnn Johnson. "You learn a lot by coming here."
One of the vendors at the event was the Liberty County Health Department. Their exhibit focused on breast cancer awareness and education. Their approach was to kiss a sticky page, which signifies kissing breast cancer away.
"I have a daughter who was diagnosed with leukemia as an infant," Johnson said. "Although we have not had the breast cancer issue, cancer is cancer and different people get affected by it. All cancer is important to fight."
The Best Showcase award went to actress Jasmine Kersey, board chair Leah Poole, board members Christina Mansfield and Angela Everson of the Hinesville Area Arts Council for their "Pieces of Home," an original theatrical production exhibit that took place on March 12.
Both Pooler Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau along with the Richmond Hill Police Department tied for first runner up. The Travel Show award was presented to Splash in the Boro and the runner up in this category went to Ocean Side Inn and Suites.
Community members are strongly encouraged to learn more about upcoming events by visiting www.stewart.army.mil.
The winners include:
Gregory Lowe - gift basket, City Of Pembroke
Charm Reed - Harry Potter Back pack, Universal Orlando
Joann McKinnon - gift certificate, Sands Resort Myrtle Beach
Joanie Durance - gift bag, Claxton Evans County
Jennifer Yareger - tickets, Blessing of the Fleet
Phil Roznowski - tickets, Wet and Wild Orlando
Nicholas Brown - tickets, Suzy Q
Andrea Neiri - T-shirts, Pooler Chamber of Commerce
Jimmy McSalter - Sea Palms Resort St. Simons Island two-night stay
Kim Blackmon - gift bag, Crown Plaza Hilton Head
Earl Wilson - Hilton Ocean Front Resort, two-night stay
Bryan Luke - Courtyard Marriot, Savannah one-night stay
Elizabeth Dupree - Courtyard Marriot, Savannah one-night stay
Nancy Priest - Holiday Inn Perimeter, Atlanta, two-night stay
Joslyn Serreno - reusable lunch bag, Keep Liberty Beautiful
Danielle Helms - tickets, Georgia Aquarium
Anita Gordon - spa gift set, Operation Home Front
Cindy Holder - Family membership for a year, YMCA Liberty County
Sonja Moore - one large white bear
Felicia Boatwright - one medium brown bear
Alida Burchett - one electronic basketball game
Frederick Smith - game with green fees and cart, Jekyll Island Golf
Darlene Guidry - Best Western one-night stay
Melinda Baggs - Red Roof Inn Road Trip, two-night stay nationwide
Chrissy Lowery - gift bag, Savannah Chamber of Commerce
GiGi Reng - Hinesville Econolodge, stay with gift certificate for meal at Vann's
Kim Bassett - Savannah Staybridge Suites one-night stay
Fausto Tennen - tickets, Emerald Princess Gambling Casino
Stephen Sullivan - $25.00, AUSA