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Lieutenant Governor to host holiday party for Colorado Guard families 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
Santa and CONG children of deployed families 
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper hosts a holiday reception for the family members of deployed Colorado National Guardsmen Nov. 28, 2012 at Boettcher Mansion in Denver. Hickenlooper and Santa Claus arrived via a Humvee, and the governor read “The Soldiers’ Night Before Christmas” to the children. The Colorado National Guard has nearly 450 Soldiers and Airmen deployed and separated from their families during this holiday season. (Army National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Skye Robinson/RELEASED)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

CONTACT: 
1st Lt. Skye Robinson
720-250-1053

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia will host a holiday reception for the family members of deployed Colorado National Guardsmen Thursday at the governor’s mansion.

Festivities begin at 11:00 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Executive Residence the Boettcher Mansion at 400 East 8th Ave. in Denver.

CONG senior leaders will be attending as the children enjoy crafts, cookies, milk, cider and cocoa.

Brig. Gen. Pete Byrne, director of joint staff for the Colorado National Guard, will be arriving with Santa Claus via a holiday humvee at 11:30 a.m.

The lieutenant governor will then read “The Soldiers’ Night Before Christmas” at 11:35 a.m., and will announce photo opportunities with Santa afterward.

During the past year, the Colorado National Guard has had 560 Soldiers and Airman deployed and separated from their families.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, and Adjutant General of Colorado, Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards and his wife Laurie, have released video messages for CONG members and their families. Videos can be viewed or downloaded at http://bit.ly/1d75Mo8 .

FOR ASSIGNMENT EDITORS:

Media interested in covering this event should enter through the north gate no later than 10:30 a.m. Media should coordinate in advance with 1st Lt. Skye Robinson.

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12/12/2013