Every year hundreds of D.C.-area military families must spend the Thanksgiving holiday away from loved ones. In gratitude for their service, Arena Stage is inviting wounded warriors, service men and women and their families to a complimentary dinner and performance of the musical comedy The Pajama Game at the Mead Center for American Theater (1101 Sixth St., SW) on Friday, November 24. Since the first Military Thanksgiving in 2011, Arena Stage has served more than 1,000 military members and their families with the annual event.
The evening will include remarks from Retired Army General Carter F. Ham, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of the United States Army.
“It’s a time of year when people come together and create family—sometimes with blood relatives and often with people who share a common bond,” shares Executive Director Edgar Dobie. “We hope that Arena has created a family with members of the military and that they will find some joy gathering for a meal and a good show at our house.”
The evening will begin with a 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception featuring a performance by military musicians and the presentation of the colors. A seated, three-course dinner will be prepared and served by Ridgewells Catering at 6:00 p.m., and guests will enjoy a performance of The Pajama Game at 8:00 p.m.
Arena Stage is working primarily through the USO-Metro to distribute the tickets irrespective of rank. Additional tickets are distributed through the Washington, D.C.-Virginia Medical Center Caregiver Support Program and the Southeast Veterans Service Center. It is anticipated that about 200 service men and women and their families will experience this special event.
Military Thanksgiving is generously sponsored by Lockheed Martin. Additional support is provided by Raytheon, Discovery Communications, David Bruce Smith in honor of Max Smith, Clark Construction, GEICO, Enterprise Holdings and The Wawa Foundation.
Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Char Manlove-Laws at email@example.com or 202-600-4030 or visit arenastage.org/donate/special-events/military-thanksgiving1718/index.shtml.