Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation Hosts 21st Military Ball

Members of the PCVF Board of Directors gather during the 21st Annual Military Ball.

Photo by Scott Gibson.

Front row: BGen. Fred Lopez, USMCR (ret.), Maj. Jose Ramirez, USMC (ret.), Col. Phil Conran, USAF (ret.), Lt. Col. Maureen Masson, USAF (ret.), Hazel Blankenship, MSG Jon Parra, US Army (ret.)

Back row: SN Gary Simpson, USCG (former), Capt. Dennis Peterson, USMC (former), Capt. Joe Danely, US Army (former), Cpl. Pete Schenck, USMC (former), LT. John Blankenship, USN (former), Col. Ed Dewey, US Army (ret.), Sgt. Michael Cook, US Army (former), Capt. Joe Hardin, US Army (former)

Board members not pictured: Gen. Bill Begert, USAF (ret.), Sheriff Bill Brown, Santa Barbara County, Col. Michael Maloco, USAF, Aux., Sgt. Dennis Merenbach, US Army (former)


Over 650 local veterans and active duty service men and women, along with their friends, families and supporters, gathered at the Fess Parker Resort on Saturday, November 4 for the 21st Annual Military Ball. Medal of Honor Recipient, Colonel Jack Jacobs was the evening’s keynote speaker, and the Di Loreto family was presented with the Generations of Service Award.

About Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation

Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation is committed to honoring the men and women who have served in U.S. military efforts. PCVF does this by supporting veterans and active duty members, and related partner organizations, in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties as well as preserving military history and legacy. The Foundation works to uphold Pierre Claeyssen’s vision that those who have served are “Never Forgotten.” PCVF is funded entirely by private donations. For more information, visit www.pcvf.org or call (805) 259-4394.

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