Gala Also Supports Carry The Load At The State’s First Residence
Understanding what a staunch supporter of the military First Lady Anita Perry is, a friend recently asked her to champion a military cause in Austin, Carry The Load. The First Lady eagerly agreed to help bring the cause to Austin for an event at the Governor’s Mansion. With her husband’s birthday approaching, Mrs. Perry had the perfect venue and theme to raise awareness and raise funds for the organization. With the organization in mind, the First Lady planned it to be celebrated with a birthday party to honor her favorite veteran, Governor Rick Perry.
Carry The Load is a movement founded by two retired Navy SEALs and its goal is to restore the honor and dignity to Memorial Day. The cause was founded to help celebrate a meaningful Memorial Day by partnering with communities to hold local events to honor veterans and active duty service members, law enforcement officers, firefights and their families. The truth is, there is a disconnect between what Memorial Day means and how it is actually observed today.
The event’s military theme was reflected in nametags which were shaped like dog tags and the cuisine serving lines that were dubbed the “Chow Line” and were complete with military-style, metal serving trays. Camouflage bandannas were incorporated into the centerpieces that all featured Carry The Load’s its beneficiary’s logos, along with photos of the Governor visiting veterans.
More than 300 guests enjoyed entertainment by Texas music favorite Pat Green in the First Couple’s garden setting. Lake Hills Church’s Mac Richard gave a benediction following a hugely successful live auction for the memorable evening offered a view of the state capitol throughout the evening’s festivities.