Friday, September 30, 2016

TOP STORY >> Support needed for ball

Leader staff writer

The Navy Operational Support Command at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock is seeking sponsors of businesses and organizations for the Navy Ball being held on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Little Rock Air Force Base’s Hangar 1080.

Logistics specialist Kirk Williams with the Navy Ball committee said $1,700 more is needed to help pay for the cost of a deejay, catering and souvenir glasses.

The ball is being held in celebration with the Navy’s 241st birthday. The ball was established in 1996. Williams said she expects 150 people to attend. North Little Rock Police Officer Tommy Norman will be the guest speaker. Sponsorships range from $50 to $1,500. Tickets for the public to attend are $60 per person and $30 for a child under the age of 15 years old. Crafton’s Furniture and Main Gate Storage have purchased sponsorships.

“The purpose of the Navy Ball is to honor those who have died in action and are missing-in-action. It is to show leadership to those who are in the Navy. It is also a time to reflect on the year, what we have accomplished as a Navy component. We want to show presences of our Navy in Arkansas and honor our retirees at the annual event and to have pride in our Navy. We invite our community to celebrate with us, our Navy’s 241st birthday. We are here to protect the world on land, water, air and sea,” Williams said.

Williams said when many people think of the Navy, they think about the U.S.S. Razorback submarine at the Arkansas River. She said the Navy Reserve has 150 reservists stationed at Camp Robinson. They have drill one weekend a month and serve two weeks a year. The reservists support naval bases and fleets outside of the United States.

“We help where we can and in areas where we are specialized,” Williams said.

They will fill in when someone is away on leave.

For more information about the Navy Ball, call Willliams at 501-457-7775 or