Tag archives: Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation

Silver Anniversary for the Annual Military Ball
By Joanne Calitri   |   November 15, 2022

The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation held its 25th Annual Military Ball on Saturday, November 5, at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort ballroom.  Guests were greeted by a bagpiper as they checked in and proceeded to the cocktail reception and photo op. There were displays of military hats, along with photographs and art of military […]

Presented by Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation with Santa Barbara’s beloved Prime Time Band
By Montecito Journal   |   July 2, 2022

Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) will be joined by Santa Barbara’s beloved Prime Time Band on 4th of July for a free festive concert at 5:00 PM at Santa Barbara County Courthouse Gardens. Enjoy pops tunes, family favorites and patriotic classics, plus a special guest performance by the Prime Time Band. Attendees are encouraged to […]

The Military Ball
By Lynda Millner   |   November 30, 2021

Philanthropist Pierre Claeyssens (1908-2003) believed that “to be killed in wars is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst that can happen. To be forgotten is the worst.” In order to pay tribute to all the U.S. Armed Forces, past and present in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, he […]

Veterans Day 2021
By Montecito Journal   |   November 23, 2021

On November 11, the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation and the Santa Barbara VFW Post 1649 hosted hundreds at the Santa Barbara Cemetery to honor those who have served in the U.S. military. The morning kicked off with a performance by the Gold Coast Pipe Band, with the likes of Pablo Paredes (Army), Lieutenant John W. […]

Honoring True Heroes
By Richard Mineards   |   November 16, 2021

A cavalcade of uniforms from all branches of the Department of Defense descended on the cavernous Hilton ballroom for the 24th Annual Military Ball organized by the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation. Some 300 guests attended the fun fete, co-chaired by John and Hazel Blankenship, which honored all service veterans. Singer David Gonzales, a retired sergeant […]

Independence Day
By Lynda Millner   |   August 19, 2021

The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) knows how to produce an unforgettable Fourth of July. This year it was held at the Santa Barbara Cemetery in Montecito, with dozens of American flags lining the roadway leading to the hilltop. Co-founded with wife, Hazel, Lt. John Blankenship (U.S. Navy, ret.) welcomed the crowd and the Vandenberg […]

A Day to Remember
By Lynda Millner   |   July 20, 2021

“To be killed in war is not the worst. To be lost in war is not the worst. To be forgotten is the worst.” – Pierre Claeyssens The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) is all about remembering our men and women who have done so much for all of us. Navy lieutenant (retired) John Blankenship, […]

Gone But Never Forgotten, Even This Year
By Lynda Millner   |   December 10, 2020

Instead of getting all decked out in long gowns and tuxes for the Military Ball, we donned our best drive-in attire to pay tribute to veterans and have a night at the West Wind Drive-In. “Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) is proud to be able to have a Veterans Day event for Santa Barbara since […]

COVID-19 Couldn’t Stop Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation from Honoring Heroes
By Nick Schou   |   November 26, 2020

For the past 22 years, the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation has celebrated Veterans Day in style with gala events at the Hilton Waterfront Resort (formerly the Fess Parker). The group is named after the Belgian-born architect and humanitarian who fondly remembered his homeland’s First World War rescue by allied troops before moving to Santa Barbara […]

Further Focus on Film
By Steven Libowitz   |   November 12, 2020

Free to Laugh, a short documentary about the power of comedy to help inmates to heal after prison, follows a comedy workshop teaching improv and stand-up to women on parole and probation, one of the more underrepresented communities representing and a voice that is seldom heard. The film, which was shot on location at Amity […]

Military Ball
By Richard Mineards   |   November 7, 2019

A cavalcade of uniforms from all branches of the Department of Defense, including a red and gold dress outfit – complete with spurs – worn by a former Royal Welch Fusiliers officer who attended Sandhurst, the British version of West Point, descended on the cavernous Hilton ballroom for the 23rd annual sold-out Military Ball organized […]

Flag Dedication on Coast Village Road
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   May 30, 2019

As a prelude to Memorial Day and as a way to honor the first responders of the Thomas Fire and 1/9 debris flow, the businesses and merchants of 1187 Coast Village Road joined with Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) last Wednesday to unveil and dedicate a large flag made from actual fire hose. Some 25 […]

Veterans Day
By Lynda Millner   |   December 13, 2018

If you like to honor all who served in the military, the place to go on Veterans Day is the Santa Barbara Cemetery just off of Channel Drive. This year was especially poignant because it marked the end of WWI one hundred years ago. The ceremony is put on by the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation, […]

Memorial Day
By James Buckley   |   June 7, 2018

More than a thousand participants gathered at the Santa Barbara Cemetery to honor military veterans on Memorial Day. The idea behind this yearly event sponsored by the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation is to celebrate the everyday heroes who’ve given their all and to keep the fallen in our minds. Bill Boetticher and the Sheriff’s Bagpipes […]

Military Ball
By Lynda Millner   |   May 18, 2018

The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) held its 22nd annual Military Ball honoring excellence in service and to remember Armistice Day at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Philanthropist Pierre Claeyssens initiated the Ball in 1996 as a way of paying tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces, past and present, in Santa Barbara and Ventura […]

Military Ball
By Lynda Millner   |   November 23, 2017

“To be killed in war is not the worst. To be lost in war is not the worst. To be forgotten is the worst.” – Pierre Claeyssens The 21st annual Military Ball was held for more than 700 people – veterans, active-duty service members, their families, and friends at The Fess Parker, the biggest ever. […]