Information, opportunities abound at upcoming Military Spouse Appreciation Expo


by Azure Hall
Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
On Friday, May 10, the Kazabra Club on Vogelweh will open its doors for the second annual Military Spouse Appreciation Community Expo put on by Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. This exciting event may be celebrating Military Spouses and the important role they play in our community, but spouses are not the only ones who will find value in the upcoming Community Expo.

Meet with MWR facilities, as well as local partners, to learn more about what all is available in our community.

Particularly geared towards recently arrived military members and their families, this expo will provide a well-rounded educational opportunity on services available in the area. Representatives and info booths will include a number of local organizations ready to share information on what they, as well as Family and MWR, have to offer the Kaiserslautern and Baumholder military communities. However, even those who are not new to the area are encouraged to come out to the event; there is truly something for everyone. Free refreshments and snacks as well as fun activities will be available to sustain and entertain the entire family. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the event lasts until 1:30 p.m.
An education isn’t all that attendees have the chance to receive, the numerous local organizations sponsoring the event will be giving out prizes such as 1,000 dollars in European travel and one round trip airline ticket to the United States. Other prizes will include VISA and spa gift cards that are given away at the various Family and MWR info booths. Additionally, Euler Group BMW will be giving away one pair of tickets to the Father and Daughter Ball at Armstrong’s Club – an event that is already sold out, making this pair of free tickets all the more valuable. Further sponsors include the Stars and Stripes, SATO Vacations, United Airlines, Ramstein Dental Care, the United Service Organizations (USO), SHARP, Landstuhl American Dentistry, Military AutoSource, Beauty Solutions, First Command, Service Credit Union, and G.I. Bill Pay Service.
Jacqueline Colindres, Sponsorship and Advertising Sales Manager for Family and MWR Marketing U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, explained how sponsors add to the event, aside from just donating prizes. “Our many sponsors are an important part of helping Family and MWR provide its various services to the community,” she said. “With their help and support, we are better able to enrich the lives of Service Members and their Families with events like the Military Spouse Appreciation Expo.”
There will be lots to see and do at the Military Spouse Appreciation Community Expo, but it is far from your last chance to learn about your new community from Family and MWR. Another Community Expo will closely follow this one, held on June 14 at Pulaski Park in honor of the Army’s birthday. This event is also open to all Kaiserslautern and Baumholder military community members.
Visit kaiserslautern.armymwr.com for details on both expos and to learn more about other upcoming events.