246th Marine Corps Birthday Ball at Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park
November 13, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 11:59 pm
The local Marine Corps League invites you to join us for this unique celebration of military ceremony, history, and tradition.
The observance of the Marine Corps Birthday, on or around the 10th of November each year, is a time honored tradition among Marines. Whether Marines are in the thick of battle or at peace, we always take a moment to observe the birth of our illustrious Corps.
At a minimum Marines generally practice the tradition of cutting and sharing a birthday cake, as well as reading the Commandants’ birthday messages. When possible, Marines prefer to celebrate the birth of our distinguished military organization with a military ball, including all the pageantry, ceremony, and tradition you would expect from a military ball.
Generally the only people who get to experience this event are the Marines and their dates. A few distinguished guests from around the county and globe get the honor to attend the Commandant’s Ball in Washington D.C. Also, each year, our State Department personnel and foreign dignitaries look forward to attending the event hosted by the Marines stationed at the U.S. embassies around the world.
The Marine Corps League, LCpl Jacob D. Hayes Detachment is proud to be bringing this special event to the Collin County community for our 5th year. We open our Ball to the community in order to share this unique event of history, tradition, and ceremony that few get to experience. Please join us in celebrating the Marine Corps’ 245th birthday.
- Free valet parking
- Cocktail hour
- Gift bags w/souvenirs & commemorative glasses
- Ceremony conducted by Marines
- Pick your seats & meal for plated dinner
- Music & dancing
- Support Toys For Tots program
- Discounts on rooms in the hotel
- Amazing Guest Speaker: Col Junior Ortiz was invloved in the final eveacuations of Saigon and Phnom Penh, giving him a unique perspective on resent events in Afghanistan
Funds raised from the Marine Corps League, LCpl Jacob D. Hayes Detachment’s Marine Corps Birthday Ball support Marines, FMF Corpsmen, and their families right here in the Collin County Community, as well as other veteran causes/initiatives that promote the ideals of the Marine Corps League.
ATTIRE: The Marine Corps Ball is a black tie event. Civilian guest should attend in formal, black tie attire. Military members should wear their branch’s appropriate dress uniform. Marine Corps League members or members of other veteran organizations may wear the appropriate dress uniform for their organizations.
MEALS: After the ceremony there will be a plated dinner. Guest will need to select the meal they would like when they purchase their tickets so that the detachment can supply the hotel with the number of meals before the event.
All meals will come with a salad: Winter Greens, Grana Padano Cheese, Pine Nuts, Kalamata Olives, Sweet Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette
And chonce of:
BEEF: Rosemary Garlic Grilled Flat Iron Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus
CHICKEN: Tarragon Grilled Chicken Breast Risotto, Roasted Brussels Sprouts
VEGETARIAN: Roasted Garlic Risotto Mushroom Asparagus, Artichoke, Oven Cured tomato, Parmesan Cheese
*If you have special dietary needs, please let us know when ordering your tickets so that we can make arrangements with the hotel. Dessert will be the traditional Marine Corps Birthday cake
HOTEL ROOMS: The Marine Corps League has secured a block of rooms at a discounted rate. A Standard King room for $119 or a double Queen room for $139. This rate includes breakfast the following morning. To reserve your room use the following link: https://book.passkey.com/gt/218120235?gtid=a03a7f21184a0f077da6b7c58786c68f
TOYS FOR TOTS: The Marine Corps Birthday Ball falls within the Toys for Tots season and the Marine Corps League, LCpl Jacob D. Hayes Detachment is the local coordinating organization for Toys for Tots within Collin County. We would like to ask each attendee to bring a new unwrapped toy to support of the local Toys for Tots mission. We will have a convenient drop off location during cocktail hour.
CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE: Does your business support veterans? Here is an opportunity to support local veterans while getting to experience a unique military tradition. Find out more about becoming a sponsor today: https://www.collinmcl.org/marine-corps-birthday-ball-sponsors
The Marine Corps League, LCpl Jacob D. Hayes Detachment reserves the right to adjust seating based on number of tickets sold or other special considerations. We will make every effort in such cases to keep attendees in the approximate location they selected and with the other guests they wish to sit with. Couples will always be kept together.