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Tax deductible: donations sought to welcome back Marine Helicopter Squadron 369

Madeline Galan hugs her dad Sgt. Sam Galan during a deployment ceremony for Marines from the Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 on November 2, 2008 at Camp Pendleton, California.
Madeline Galan hugs her dad Sgt. Sam Galan during a deployment ceremony for Marines from the Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 on November 2, 2008 at Camp Pendleton, California.
Photo by Sandy Huffaker

Donations are being sought to produce a "welcome home/thank you for serving" beach party for the returning members of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, and family from Camp Pendleton on June 27.

These will be tax deductible donations as the effort is being organized with the Contemporary Women of North County (CWONC) which is a 501(c) 3 group, according to Judy Atwell-Pantazo of the Woman's Club of Vista.

Desired donations for the beach party are:

  • money for gift cards for each marine or family member attending
  • gift baskets, tickets to miniature golf, beer mugs, etc.
  • more entertainment

In addition, Atwell-Pantazo said, "We would love to give something like an iPad or xBox, or trip to Disneyland for a family away. We are still looking for more entertainment. We currently have some Charger Girls coming, but we have to pay them .... We would love to have those costs covered."

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion have stepped up to help with food and food prep, Harrah's is donating water, and one band named Old River Road is coming to play music, Atwell-Pantazo added. "I would love to see more people get involved with this event."

If anyone wishes to get involved or donate, please contact Judy Atwell-Pantazo by phone, at 760-724-5743, or Laura Wilson, by email, at 536@att.net.