By 2nd Lt. Marie Denson
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Going to information tickets and travel to pick up tickets for the weekend, grabbing a snack at outdoor recreation in Building 300, or signing a child up for a Youth Recreation program? All of these things make individuals eligible to participate in the 50th Force Support Squadron Block Party Blast.
“Last fall Air Force Space Command sent out a call for grant applications looking for ideas that encourage traffic in [nonappropriated fund] activities and produce better customer satisfaction,” said Lynn Sleeth, 50 FSS marketing manager. “We put together a package that would have longevity and have interest for those working both inside and outside the restricted area and for housing residents. Not an easy job, since the two markets have such different wants and needs. In March, we were informed that we won the grant for the package and began the process to get the program started.”
The AFSPC call for ideas resulted in the 50 FSS Block Party Blast, which will occur over the next six weeks. The purpose of BPB is to introduce base members and residents to 50 FSS services and to reward current customers with prizes.
“We understand that our installation does not have some of the infrastructureand amenities usually found at larger bases,” said Lt. Col. Jason Nahrgang, 50 FSS commander. “The BPB is one vehicle we utilize to try to bridge this gap and provide new opportunities, incentives and support to the base community as a whole.”
The BPB has four ways to benefit customers: Purchase for Prizes, TroopOn, Facebook Frenzy and Yes-2-Youth free mini-camps. Participating facilities include: Outdoor recreation, ITT, awards, framing and engraving, the main fitness center and fitness center annex, the child development center, school age program, and youth sports and recreation.
Purchase for Prizes is an appreciation program that provides patrons the opportunity to enter into weekly drawings for prizes like tickets to local attractions, gift baskets, apparel and free equipment rentals and to enter a grand prize drawing to win a 46-inch television.
If $2.99 or less is spent at a participating facility patrons receive one entry form, per visit, to be entered in the weekly drawing. Weekly drawings are announced every Monday at www.schrieverfss.com or the Schriever 50th Force Support Squadron Facebook page. For every $3 (up to $50) spent, one entry form is earned for the grand prize drawing; a purchase of more than $50 earns patrons 18 entry forms. The grand prize winner will be announced August 19 at the block party.
“So if you’re just buying a drink at the fitness center after your workout every day, you can receive entries. The Purchase for Prizes component is one way [50 FSS] can show our appreciation to customers,” said Sleeth.
The second facet is “TroopOn.” A deep discount is offered each week at participating facilities. Every Thursday a new TroopOn coupon is announced at the 50 FSS Facebook page. Patrons can print the coupon off and present it to the cashier at the participating facility to receive the discount. The TroopOn deals include offers such as buy one adult tee-shirt at outdoor recreation and get a child tee-shirt free.
Facebook Frenzy is the third component of the BPB. After 250 “likes” are achieved for the 50 FSS Facebook page, a random drawing will be conducted to select a winner from the individuals who “liked” the page and a $100 gift card will be awarded to the lucky winner at the August block party.
The last section is three, free youth sports mini-camps and a bike rodeo. Each participant of the mini-camps earns nine grand prize entries. Each mini-camp is one hour long and is scheduled as follows: July 29, baseball; August 5, soccer; August 12, football. The camps are for ages three to six from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and seven and up from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. A youth bike rodeo will take place August 19 at the block party and rodeo participants will also earn nine entries into the grand prize drawing conducted that day. The bike rodeo is for ages 3 to 18. Featured events include steering control, braking, accelerating and a combo mystery event. For more information about the youth sports events or to sign up, call 567-2850.
“The whole thing culminates into the block party [August 19],” said Sleeth. “We’re going to have information tables out there, a DJ, free food and prize drawings.”
The block party will be held outside the Tierra Vista Community Center. All prize entry forms can be dropped off at participating facilities. For further information, contact 50 FSS Marketing at 567-4740.