Minnesota School of Business-Rochester hosted its fourth annual G.I. Jolly Holiday Party on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. The event is a salute to our military heroes–veterans and active duty service men and women–plus their families who support them. Furthermore, the night celebrates those in uniform who defend our nation’s freedoms and is a way to say thank you.
G.I. Jolly, in collaboration with MSB-Rochester, is an event sponsored in part by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon-Southeast Minnesota, which supports military personnel and their families through educational and social initiatives.
Military students, both current and graduates, along with other military members from our community, enjoyed a catered meal, door prizes, games, crafts, holiday movies for the kids, and of course a visit from Santa!
Mark Anker, an MSB graduate and Army veteran, has attended the event three years in a row. “I was not really into the Christmas spirit until my kids and I attended,” he shared. “This night has always been a great outing for the three of us and we appreciate the invite every year.”
The biggest goal of G.I. Jolly Night is to honor our military and show appreciation for their sacrifice. Although our thank you is never done, we feel that this small token of appreciation is a good start!
Linda Howton, current massage therapy student at MSB and spouse of a military veteran, agrees that it’s always nice to feel appreciated: “Many times, once the pomp and circumstances of the “official welcome homes” are over, it is easy to feel forgotten,” she says. “When an organization is kind and supportive enough to provide a lovely opportunity such as G.I. Jolly Night, it is as equally important to attend.”
Of course, the event involved the support of many little “elves” who helped make it possible. Over 20 volunteers donated their time and talents to helping everything run smoothly.
One such volunteer, Lynn Berger, even brought her daughters along for the fun, helping run Santa’s Workshop, where kids could make a holiday crafts.
“We thoroughly enjoy the kids and their enthusiasm in making the crafts,” Lynn said. “We also enjoy the families and getting to know everyone.”
Lynn, who has volunteered her time multiple years, says it’s important to give back to those who have given so much of themselves, “and those people are the men and women in uniform. There is nothing more touching than when people thank you for the little part you play. It just feels good.”
Minnesota School of Business is listed as one of the top military friendly colleges in the country. The campus offers military students several scholarship opportunities, including an Active Duty Military Scholarship, Military Advantage Scholarship, and Purple Heart Scholarship.
G.I. Jolly Night is one of the several initiatives held at the campus throughout the year to support military personnel and their families in southeast Minnesota.
To learn more about Minnesota School of Business and military scholarships offered, contact Chris Cook, financial aid administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 507 536-9500.