2nd Annual California Dreamin' Night

This past week we had the pleasure of covering the 2nd Annual California Dreamin' Night put on by the California Parent Clubs. Every California cadet was invited and could bring a friend with them to experience the “Cali” experience. When cadets checked in, they were entered in all the raffles for some amazing prizes. Once checked in the cadets made their way into the Arnold Hall ballroom which was perfectly decorated with everything California. Each cadet including the guests received awesome goodie bags full of California “swag”. Also this year California added an organic fruit stand! This was a total hit with the cadets because who doesn’t want free avocados and oranges.  After picking up some fresh produce, cadets were ready for dinner. On the menu was BJ’s Brewhouse, who graciously donated all the food for the night which was over $10,000 worth of food! Needless to say the cadets were well fed and even had room for seconds. To help burn off all the food cadets had a dance off which also provide everyone with some fun entertainment. Throughout the night cadets continued to win prizes and play games like hot potato, except they played with oranges because it’s California Night and that’s how they roll! It was an awesome night for everyone in attendance and we had so much fun covering the event. The California Parent Clubs did an amazing job bringing a little West Coast flavor and flare to USAFA.


Cadets getting checked in for California Dreaming Night.


After check-in cadets headed to the photo booth to take some California theme photos.  


Both the Superintendent and Commandant of Cadets stopped by and got to enjoy California Dreaming Night.


California themed table decorations and goodie bags given out to every cadet at the event.


Fresh organic produce donated for cadets to take and enjoy.


Volunteers helping pass out food to all the cadets.



Dance off! Between the girls and the guys, top 3 females and males won prizes.



Some of the night’s lucky winners! Prizes pictured: ski jacket from the US Olympic Ski and Snowboard team, signed Anaheim Ducks Hockey jersey, free stay and golf getaway at the Lodge at Flying Horse, and handmade Air Force blanket.

List of Donors

Good Vibrations Donors - $1,000+ Donations

  • BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse of Colorado Springs
  • Boingo Wireless
  • R & L Carriers
  • Incipio®
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • Rxbar®
  • Blue Diamond Almonds
  • NFL Player's Union
  • Nestlé USA
  • Stance
  • Dakine®
  • Allen and Deanne French
  • The United States Ski and Snowboard Olympic Team

Surfin’ Safari Donors - $500+ Donations

  • 347 Group/Doug Pautsch
  • California Central Region Parent's Club
  • Cortazzo, Inc.
  • William White
  • BiPro USA
  • Maui Jim®
  • Garden of the Gods Resort
  • Simbi®
  • Western Digital Corporation
  • Jetty
  • Jill Hennessy, Stephanie Pfeiffer, Mary Posse, and Helen Cha
  • Sun Bum
  • The Lodge at Flying Horse Resort
  • Professional Fleet Graphics

Fun, Fun, Fun Donors- $250+ Donations

  • Mark and Gloria Chadwick
  • Donna & Greg Econn
  • Watt Companies
  • The Boeing Company - Matching Donation (The Lloyd family)
  • Mark and Fran Cobb
  • Keith and Carrie Payne
  • Jay Lee
  • Tim and Yvette Lloyd
  • Robert Brockway/Apex Security
  • Jelly Belly®
  • Hurley®
  • Brandon Service Corp
  • Rainbow® Sandals
  • Kiss My Buttercream
  • The Academy Hotel
  • 2nd Lt. Maxwell Brown-Bass
  • Dale and Julie Blasius
  • Academy Mom Quilts (Marni Kelsey)
  • Dr. Kari Sakurai
  • Dr. Mark Arima
  • Association of Graduates United States Air Force Academy
  • Shawn and Caroline Shaw

Be True to Your School Donors - $100+ Donations

  • Lisa Reed
  • Christine and Herb Loo
  • Shawn and Susan Brierle
  • Danielle Pittman
  • Julie Miller
  • Bruce Akers
  • Claire Boyd
  • Elizabeth Lisec
  • Mark & Annette Stangl
  • Shawn Shaw
  • CB Enterprises
  • Mario Yagoda
  • Karin and Robert Murray
  • Eleanor & Pat Kim
  • Roberta Lewis
  • Enriqua Ulivieri
  • Marion and Lawrence Brose
  • Patrick and Amy Ford
  • Lee Manter
  • Ramon Nunez
  • Andre Risse
  • Costa Vida
  • zTrip
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Killer Dana Surf Shop
  • Cheyenne Cañon Segways
  • Justin's®
  • NuGo Nutrition
  • Colorado Sky Sox
  • Pura Vida Bracelets®
  • Cacao Chemistry
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Trader Joe's of Colorado Springs
  • Carolyne Canady (Blaze Pizza)
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Produce World
  • Patty's Pizza
  • Alter Eco Foods
  • Nadine Echeverry

List of Donations for Event

Gift Baskets/Sets from:

  • NuGo Nutrition
  • Cole's Gourmet Popcorn
  • Kiss My Buttercream
  • JPL
  • Sacramento Kings
  • Alter Eco Food

Gift cards from:

  • Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar
  • Sunbird Mountain Grill and Tavern
  • In n Out
  • Orange Leaf Yogurt
  • Cheyenne Canon Segways
  • Mason Jar
  • The Habit
  • Mod Pizza
  • Sprinkles Cupcakes
  • Costa Vida
  • Academy Hotel
  • Chick‐Fil‐A
  • Colorado Sky Sox
  • Garden of the Gods resort
  • Cacao Chemistry
  • Lawrence Hall of Science
  • Pizza my Heart
  • Lodge at Flying Horse
  • Carolyne Canady/Blaze Pizza
  • Costco

Apparel and Clothing Items:

  • Maui Jim
  • Gloria Chadwick
  • Law Office of Yvette R. Lloyd
  • Michelle Clancy
  • Pura Vida
  • Dakine
  • Simbi
  • Zog's Sex Wax
  • United States Olympic Ski and Snowboarding
  • Killer Dana Surf Shop Hoodie
  • Jetty
  • Kara Webster

Food and Produce:

  • BJs ‐ Colorado Springs
  • Jill Hennessy, Stephanie Pfeiffer, Mary Posse, Helen Cha

To see a full list of donations, click the document below.

Donations List

Shout out to Melanie Kim for sharing her pictures with us from California Night. We have not only put them throughout this blog but they are all located in the Free Gallery section of our website. Click here to see the rest.

To view all of the pictures from the California Dreaming Night, go to Galleries - Extracurricular - Special Events. Or click the link below.

2nd Annual California Night