• Diamond Award presented by Eglin AFB to Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Niceville

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites in the Spotlight with the Eglin Chapter of the AFA
    Diamond award presented by Eglin AFB to Colleen Smith, Director of Sales at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Niceville.  With funding from Eglin AFA’s Chapter and volunteers from our local churches such as Crosspoint and Destiny Worship Center, “Operation Covid 19” provided over 2,500 masks to Eglin AFB.  

    Project:  Turkeys for our Military – Each branch of service, Air Force, Army, Navy & Marines were provided with “25” turkeys which the EOD Commanders dispersed.  From the formal military request:  “Since COVID-19 has restricted the movement of military personnel, there are many EOD Students, couples, families and supporting staff that are unable to take leave this Thanksgiving. Many of these young service members do not have the necessary funds to provide a Thanksgiving meal, especially with the cost of meat in the current state of the country.”  

    Team Eglin’s Christmas Cookie Caper:  Over 9,000 Christmas cookies were decorated and delivered to Eglin’s dorm residents.  The Holiday In Express & Suites organized a Christmas Cookie Decorating Event to where hundreds of cookies were dropped off and decorated in their Emerald room.  The Eglin AFA Chapter helped fund this effort. 

    Project:  Secret Santa Christmas Drop – Over 200 Christmas presents were taken over to Eglin’s dorms on Christmas Day by the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Shuttle and dropped off under a gazebo at the quad dormitories.  Community churches such as Crosspoint donated $500 to this effort and Gateway donated over $1,000 in gifts to our active duty military dorm residents.  Others donated gifts such as Linda Knapp from First Community Mortgage, and Justin Myers, from United Way, brought in his team of volunteers to help wrap along with the supplies.   

    I’d, also, like to mention our local Niceville Walmart who has been very generous in always donating to our military, plus Sam’s Club in FWB!