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  • 03 Nov 2019 12:40 AM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    The Gator Detachment held its annual birthday ball on 2 November 2019 at the Turkey Creek Clubhouse.  Nearly 300 guests enjoyed a traditional ball ceremony, dinner, dancing and raffles.

    Sandra Torres-Pintos once again served as emcee for the ceremonies while Jim Yakubsin and Scott DuPree made announcements.

    Guest of Honor LtGen Jack Bergman (USMC Ret) once again attended and gave a nice talk on the values of honor, courage and commitment and living a life of integrity.

    Cary and Jamie Hill of the Milton Lewis Young Marines made their presentation to YM MGySgt Nathan Crawford, their unit Young Marine of the Year.  They also made a special presentation to the unit co-founder Scott DuPree.

    Scott DuPree made the presentation for Associate of the Year to Linda Yakubsin, and Jim Yakubsin presented the award for Detachment Marine of the Year to John Murdoch.  

    Groove 41 provided live music for the dancing crowd and Chris Robinson was onhand to take photos throughout the event, which will be posted on our site when we receive them.

    Guests also won raffle prizes which included and handgun, a 50" TV, a Smoker, a cooler full of fishing gear and beer, another cooler which included a football signed by Dan Mullen and tickets to the FL/FSU game, and many other prizes.  A 50/50 drawing provided a lucky winner with over $300.00 cash.

    A good time was had by all.  Our birthday ball committee will be meeting within the week to begin planning the next ball to be held on 7 Nov 2020. We expect to have details about that in the spring.

    Semper Fi.

  • 26 Aug 2019 10:57 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    Our Birthday Ball Celebration will be held just three months before the 75th anniversary of the Battle on Iwo Jima.  So we will pay tribute to that battle and those Marines.  At this event we will miss our good friend Bob Gasche who has served 5 terms as Commandant (2000 - 2005), 4 terms as Junior Past Commandant (2005-2007, 2009-2011) and 8 terms as Junior Vice Commandant (1999, 2013-2019).  He embodied the humility and patriotism that defined The Greatest Generation.  The victory at Iwo Jima was decisive in leading to the end of the fighting in the southern Pacific.  We are forever indebted to Mr. Gasche and his fellow Marines for their brave contribution to the world.

    While our online ticket sales have ended, you can certainly add your name to our Waiting List.  There are almost always cancellations so let us know about you and your party who would like to attend.  Go to the Birthday Ball page for more info. 

  • 23 Feb 2019 6:56 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    The 2019 Marine Corps Birthday Ball will be held on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 at Turkey Creek Clubhouse. Tickets will be $40 per ticket or $280 for a table of 8.

    Retired LtGen Bergman, now in Congress representing the First District of Michigan, will be returning as our Guest of Honor.  

    Meals will once again be provided by Chef Brothers and the band Groove 41 will return for a repeat performance.

    We will begin taking reservations in late March.  I expect we will get reservations for over 300 seats within a couple of weeks.  We will be asking that all payments are made within 60 days of the reservation.

    We will also begin selling ads for our program.  Advertisers and sponsors will be featured in our program book and on signage. Proceeds of ads and sponsorships will help pay our expenses so please reach out to those you know who may help us.

  • 09 Dec 2018 11:22 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    We had another exciting Ball this year.  It was a very nice event for everyone who attended and the Ball Committee is to be commended for another job well done.  (As Chairman, it seems self-serving, but really the work was done by the committee members and they really did a great job.) 

    The photographer this year was Chris Robinson.  He captured several hundred pictures and they are now available on our site.  Go to the 2018 Birthday Ball page and you'll find the links to three photo albums.

    Enjoy the photos.  The Committee is already working on next years' event.

    Semper Fi.

    Scott DuPree

  • 08 May 2018 10:30 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    We mentioned recently that reservations would go quickly for the annual Birthday Ball to be held on November 10th.  You all did not disappoint this year.  As of April 26th, we had to halt online ticket sales as our reservations topped 300 guests.

    Now this means people have contacted us and told us they are coming.  Some have paid and some have not.  We will set a deadline for people to pay and beyond that deadline, we will remove reservations for unpaid seats and we will add reservations from our Waiting List.  

    There are also other conflicts that cause people to cancel their reservations, so it is important to sign up while you can.

    You can get on our Waiting List either on our website or by calling Jim Yakubsin 352-222-8837. 

  • 13 Apr 2018 11:51 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    After a lot of work on the website, it has a different look.  As mentioned before this was all necessary moving forward to maintain support for the site.  One of the changes was to swap out the PayPal financial feature for another credit card payment processor.  

    Now that this is in place, I have put all the other items in place to begin taking registrations and payments for the 2018 Birthday Ball.  We are very excited about this event.  I have created a web page for the 2018 Ball and I will continue to update information there as needed.


  • 03 Apr 2018 11:22 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    Just to give everyone a quick update:  we had intended to get tickets and ads rolling in May.  But we have received so many phone calls and emails from people letting us know they want tickets for this year's event.  The list is now over 250.  So we have already produced ad forms and auction gift solicitation forms.  We'll add those soon to this site.  I am still creating the mechanisms to sell ball tickets through this site, which just underwent some major changes.  I am switching out the credit card processor to make it easier for you.  As soon as that is done, and the tickets are all set up online, I will make those public and put the word out to everyone.

  • 26 Mar 2018 9:49 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    FROM THE WEBMASTER: If you have visited the site before, you'll notice it looks like a completely different site.  Well, it does look very different but underneath the hood it is still the same site.  

    WHY?  As technology rolls ahead, many features are at our disposal.  But the coding that made up our site was older and will not support some of the new features.  So, I had some choices and this was the design I went for.  Most of the improvements are things I will be able to use and you will not see them directly.  It will be good to have the options.

    So, making the transition takes a little bit.  I have to pull up each page and either straighten things up or just re-enter them.  But in the end, you will have a site that looks good (as long as you like black and white.)

    Semper Fi


  • 25 Feb 2018 8:55 AM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    With Memorial Day just three months away, it is a good time to think about honoring the memory of a special veteran in your life with a commemorative brick that would be placed at the veterans memorial in Alachua at City Hall.

    These are special bricks designed to withstand time.  They are engraved with the name and message you request.  It is a timeless gift for that veteran, one that is tangible and one that you and others can visit for years to come.

    The cost of the brick is $110.  You get three lines of text. Brick forms and more information can be obtained from Jim Yakubsin at 352-222-8837.

  • 13 Jan 2018 8:15 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    We hope everyone is having a good start to 2018.  Commandant Jim Yakubsin had a much-needed knee surgery and he is currently recovering.  We wish him a speedy recovery.  

    Elections are next month for the Board officers - Commandant, Senior Vice Commandant, Junior Vice Commandant and Judge Advocate.  At the January general meeting we will allow time for anyone to announce their intention to run for office.  Nominations and Elections will be held at the February general meeting.

    The Annual Veteran Standdown is this week (January 17th.) Anyone wanting to assist, just contact any detachment officer.

    The NHRA Gatornationals will be here in March.  We always have some volunteers who can work for Security and it will earn some money for the detachment (like $100 per day.)  If you are interested contact Scott DuPree by email at

    Hope to see you all soon.

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