By Sharita Wilkinson, Hunter Army Airfield Public AffairsMarch 24, 2011
HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. - About 200 Soldiers, Family Members and civilians participated in Hunter Army Airfield's Community Showcase and Travel Show on Mar. 8, in the Tominac Fitness Center.
The free event featured 40 exhibitors from the southeast area. Community Showcase vendors represented organizations such as the Savannah Sand Gnats, the Coastal Heritage Society, the City of Richmond Hill Convention & Visitors Bureau, and many others. Travel show vendors included the Emerald Princess Casino, the Georgia Aquarium, Sands Resorts, Hilton Oceanfront Resort and more.
Lieutenant Colonel Jose Aguilar, garrison commander, Hunter Army Airfield, presented the Best in Travel Show award to the Georgia Tourism and the Best in Community Showcase, to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Coastal Georgia. These awards were given to recipients who scored the most points by five judges and were based on booth appearance, booth concept, and booth information. Hunter judges for the event included Mrs. Suzanne Aguilar, Hunter spouse; Mrs. Kelly Colbrook, Hunter spouse; Ms. Sharita Wilkinson, Hunter Public Affairs intern; Sgt. 1st Class Theresa Abraham, Hunter Garrison Operations; and Capt. Peter Frischholz, Hunter Garrison Operations.
Altogether, 23 door prizes were given to showcase attendees, including a one night stay and breakfast for two from Marriott Atlanta that was awarded to Sgt. Gregory Procopio, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 260th Quartermaster Battalion.
"I was very excited about winning and can't wait to stay at the Marriot," said Sgt. Procopio. "The showcase was fun and a great opportunity to learn about leisure activities outside the gates."
At the conclusion of the showcase, Lt. Col. Aguilar thanked vendors for coming to Hunter and presented each with a certificate of appreciation.
Other community showcase and Travel Show winners included:
Caitlin Kiehnle - Wild Adventure Family four-pack and basket
Robert Small - Red Roof Inn, Inc., two night stay, nationwide
Robert Molard- Pooler Chamber of Commerce, tee-shirt
Jacqueline Chatman - Pooler Chamber of Commerce, tee-shirt
Kathy Fontenot - Hilton Oceanfront, Hilton Head Island, two- night stay
Nicky Cotton- Operation Homefront, spa bag
Stephen Drake - Sands Resorts, Myrtle Beach, two night stay, two tickets to Carolina Opry plus CD & hat
Michael Meister - Holiday Inn Express, St. Augustine, Fla., two night stay
Margie Diller - Courtyard Marriott Savannah, one night stay
Robert Burns - Courtyard Marriott Savannah, one night stay
Carmen Colon - Inn at Ellis Square, two nights in King Suite, cocktails for two & free parking
Edward Blackmon - Savannah Chamber of Commerce , Savannah gift bag, including MP3 player with self-guided walking tour of Savannah
Monica Smith - Fairfield Inn Midtown Savannah, two-night stay
Sonia Herrera -James - Fairfield Inn Hinesville, spa night for two & spa gift bag
Cassie Cruz- Staybridge Suites, Historic Downtown Savannah, one-night stay
Tamika Mathews - Emerald Princess Casino, tee-shirt
Will Shanholtzer - Holiday Inn Perimeter, one night stay
Don Warnick - Holiday Inn Perimeter, Atlanta, one night stay
Ebony Sampson - Ocean Plaza Beach Resort, Tybee Island, dinner for two at Dolphin Reef Restaurant
Peter Frischholz - AAFES, gift bag
Shane K. Housley - Georgia Aquarium, two tickets
Abraham Howell - Microtel of Cherokee, N.C., weekend stay for two