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Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band to Perform Free Concert At Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival

Jul 25, 2016 01:30 pm

Gary Sinise: Profile

The 19th annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival, September 17-18, is proud to announce award-winning actor and humanitarian, Gary Sinise, as Grand Marshal.


As part of the event, Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will perform in concert at noon on Saturday, September 17, 2016—with FREEadmission to active duty and their direct dependents. The band’s performance is generously donated by the Gary Sinise Foundation with flights provided by American Airlines, their official airline sponsor. Sinise began the Foundation in 2011 and it is now in its sixth year.

Honor. Gratitude. Rock & Roll. That’s the mission of every Lt. Dan Band concert. There’s something for everyone as the 12-member group covers hits from every genre. Performing pop songs to classic rock staples, the band raises awareness and lifts spirits everywhere it goes. The Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band is one of the many programs the Gary Sinise Foundation offers. They have played hundreds of shows for over half-a-million troops and their families and helped to raise funds to support the Gary Sinise Foundation’s outreach as well as military charities across the country.


“It’s always an honor to get to perform for those who serve, and the Lt. Dan Band is ready to bring a great show to this year’s festival,” said Sinise. “I want to thank the event organizers for naming me Honorary Grand Marshal and for believing wholeheartedly in the mission of the Gary Sinise Foundation.”

Tickets can be purchased online ( or at the event. Coronado Speed Festival is free for active duty military and their direct dependents with ID. Children under 12 are free with adult paid admission. For the public, tickets cost $25 for one day and $35 for both days, in advance. Tickets will also be available at the venue ($35 one day and $45 for both days).

“It is a privilege to have a patriot as dedicated to the military as Gary Sinise serve as Grand Marshal for the Coronado Speed Festival,” says Dennis DuBard, president of the Fleet Week San Diego Board of Directors. “We are doubly honored to have the Lt. Dan Band perform and entertain, and know the concert will be before a sell-out crowd.”



Chris Young To Headline Labor Of Love Concert

Jul 25, 2016 12:05 pm
CASE Construction Equipment will host “Labor of Love” 2016 on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 5, 2016), featuring headliner and award winning country music star Chris Young.

Video: Labor of Love 2016 with Chris Young

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Team Rubicon, a disaster response organization comprised of more than 36,000 veterans and first responders, with the goal of helping the organization expand its skills training programs.


Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at Doors open at 11:30 AM and Chris Young takes the stage at 2:30 PM. The concert event, taking place at Racine Festival Park in Racine, Wisconsin (5 5th St, Racine, WI 53403), will also feature local food vendors, and a silent auction will further benefit Team Rubicon.

The partnership with CASE and Team Rubicon is a natural one for Young – his father works in construction and multiple family members, including his younger sister, are either in the Marines or are US military veterans.


“I appreciate the CASE commitment to helping veterans fill the skills gap through Team Rubicon’s focus on training and development,” says Young. “I’m glad to support the important work they do in not only giving veterans the opportunity to improve job skills but also serve the community.”

“Labor of Love” launched in 2015 with the goal of connecting veterans with jobs and training in the skilled trades. The concert raised $10,000 for Wounded Warrior Projectin 2015.

“We launched Labor of Love last year to build a bridge between job-seeking veterans and a critical shortage of qualified equipment operators and technicians,” says Scott Harris, vice president – North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “This year, we’ve worked with Team Rubicon on their operator training program by providing equipment and support. It’s a natural progression of our relationship and we’re excited to work with TR and Chris Young to further this initiative.”

CASE will also be raising funds for Team Rubicon through an online fundraiser. To donate and show support for “Labor of Love” and Team Rubicon,

For more information on the festival, visit


George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush Mark 25th Anniversary of Signing of the National Literacy Act

Jul 25, 2016 10:45 am
July 25 marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of the National Literacy Act, which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.

President George H.W. Bush signs the National Literacy Act into law
President George H.W. Bush signs the National Literacy Act into law
Credit/Copyright: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

This landmark act was inspired in large part by Barbara Bush’s passion for literacy. Since its passage in 1991, millions of adults have had a second chance to earn their high school diplomas, and tens of millions more have learned to read, write and speak English.

As this milestone anniversary approaches, President and Mrs. Bush were asked to reflect on the passage of the National Literacy Act and its impact:

“Signing the National Literacy Act at once culminated the efforts of so many advocates from across the country, while also opening a new and more hopeful chapter for millions of Americans of all ages,” said President Bush. “I could not be prouder of Barbara for the 35 years she has spent working on this fundamentally important issue, and helping lead the charge for action and results. I am biased, of course, but I truly believe her passion, vision and dedication have helped change millions of lives for the better over these last 25 years.”

“The National Literacy Act put into policy my belief that education is a civil right, no matter one’s age,” said Mrs. Bush. “The needs of adult learners are so often overlooked, yet adult education initiatives have enormous potential to improve the social and economic well-being of families, communities and our nation as a whole. What was true 25 years ago is still true today: everyone deserves a chance to obtain the education they need to provide for their families, set the next generation on a path to success and achieve their dreams.”

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the signing, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has curated a literacy resource center—available — with media assets regarding the National Literacy Act:
• Photo: Signing of the National Literacy Act, 1991
• Video: Sen. Lamar Alexander’s reflections on the National Literacy Act
• Webpage: Sen. Lamar Alexander’s remarks from the Barbara Bush Foundation’s Conversation on the Future of Adult Literacy as entered into the Congressional Record
• Video: National Celebration of Reading at the Library of Congress

The Foundation began celebrating the 25th anniversary of the National Literacy Act earlier this summer, with two events held in Washington, D.C. A day-long symposium gathered select technology leaders, entrepreneurs and policy experts from across the country to discuss visionary, bold and transformational ideas to address America’s adult literacy issues for the next 25 years. Senator Lamar Alexander, who served as U.S. Secretary of Education during the passage and implementation of the National Literacy Act in 1991, joined the group to speak about the successes of the law, which include initiation of national workforce demonstration projects, creation of “indicators” of program quality and establishment of literacy programs for incarcerated individuals.

The following evening, the Foundation hosted the inaugural National Celebration of Reading at the Library of Congress. Members of the Bush family and guests enjoyed readings by former First Lady Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, David Baldacci, A.J. Jacobs and Jon Meacham. By hosting these events in Washington, D.C., the Foundation sought both to celebrate achievements in literacy, and to stimulate a broader national dialogue about solutions to the serious challenge of low literacy.

Russell Simmons Attends National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives 40th Anniversary Annual Training Conference

Jul 25, 2016 09:00 am
Russell Simmons attended the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) 40th Anniversary Annual Training Conference last week.

Russell Simmons, co-founder of RushCard, addresses 1,200 law enforcement executives at NOBLE's 40th Annual Training Conference
Russell Simmons, co-founder of RushCard, addresses 1,200 law enforcement executives at NOBLE’s 40th Annual Training Conference
Credit/Copyright: Griffin Smith for Griffin Vision Photography

Simmons addressed 1,200 Law Enforcement Executives at the luncheon and spoke at NOBLE’s 15th Annual Youth Leadership Conference.

Russell Simmons addresses attendees at NOBLE's 15th Annual Youth Leadership Conference
Russell Simmons addresses attendees at NOBLE’s 15th Annual Youth Leadership Conference
Credit/Copyright: Griffin Smith for Griffin Vision Photography

Simmons also met privately with NOBLE’s Executive Board and
police chiefs from across the country.

Russell Simmons and Captain Dennis Muhammad of The Peace Keepers with attendees at NOBLE's 15th Annual Youth Leadership Conference
Russell Simmons and Captain Dennis Muhammad of The Peace Keepers with attendees at NOBLE’s 15th Annual Youth Leadership Conference
Credit/Copyright: Griffin Smith for Griffin Vision Photography


Seth MacFarlane To Be Honored At Oceana SeaChange Summer Party

Jul 25, 2016 07:30 am

Seth MacFarlane: Profile

Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation, will host the 9th annual SeaChange Summer Party this weekend.

This year’s Summer Garden Party will honor multi-hyphenate and Oceana supporter, Seth MacFarlane and will include a world-class auction and cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet seated dinner and exciting live auction and program. The night will end with a SeaChange Post-Party Lounge, where guests can dance under the stars. Presenting sponsor for the event is BMWi. To learn more please click here.

Ted Danson will emcee the evening, and expected to attend are Jeff Goldblum Sam Waterston, Cheryl Hines, Mary Steenburgen, Angela Kinsey, Debby Ryan, Aaron Peirsol, Jessica Barth, Leonor Varela and Sally Pressman.

WHEN: Saturday, July 30th (RSVP REQUIRED)
WHERE: Private Estate, Laguna Beach CA


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