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Gary Sinise & His Lieutenant Dan BandSaturday, November 3rd, 2012« view all past events
Award-winning Actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise, founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation, and Frank Siller, chairman of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation (named after a firefighter who perished on 9/11), announced today that Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band will perform a concert on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta, Georgia. The concert formally kicks off fundraising efforts to build “smart homes” for local heroes Army SFC Michael Schlitz and Marine Cpl. Todd Love.
This fundraising effort will go towards building hi-tech homes for Schlitz and Love, to maximize their ability to lead independent lives. Love, from Acworth, GA, lost both legs and his left arm as a result of an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Schlitz, from Columbus, GA, was burned over 85% of his body, and lost two limbs and the eyesight in his left eye, when two artillery shells exploded nearby, during his service in Iraq.
Sinise, nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of Lt. Dan—the character who lost both legs in battle in “Forrest Gump”—and the star of CBS’ popular “CSI: New York”, along with his Lt. Dan Band will rock the house with hits from the likes of The Police, Earth, Wind and Fire, Charlie Daniels, Aretha Franklin and Adele.This concert is the latest in a series of performances resulting from a partnership between the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The partnership was created to raise money to build “smart homes”—equipped with the latest technology—allowing military who’ve been seriously injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, to lead independent lives. To date, three fully-equipped homes have been given to military heroes in Staten Island, NY, Lake of the Ozarks, MO, and most recently in Temecula, CA, which resulted in coverage by ASSOCIATED PRESS, CNN, LOS ANGELES TIMES, FOX, CBS, ABC, and HUFFINGTON POST. Over a dozen other homes are nearly completed, or are in the planning or fundraising stages.
Said Sinise, “I am thrilled that the Gary Sinise Foundation partnership with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation has committed through our ‘Building For America’s Bravest’ program, to raise the necessary funds and community awareness to build Todd and Michael specially designed smart homes to help them. They served their country honorably and sacrificed much in that service. Taking care of our injured or disabled veterans is critically important. That’s why I hope that the community will join us in this effort and come out to honor Todd and Michael at our concert on November 3.”
Added Frank Siller, “The fact that we are helping Todd and Michael reclaim their full, active lives by providing them with homes designed to meet their special needs, means the world to Stephen’s family.”
The Gary Sinise Foundation is dedicated to serving the Nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. For more information, go to www.GarySiniseFoundation.org.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named after fallen NY firefighter Stephen Siller, is best known for its annual Tunnel to Towers Run which follows Siller’s heroic run from a blocked-off Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center in a desperate bid to save lives. The Run, held the last Sunday of each September, attracts 30,000 participants from around the world. Beginning in 2011, cities all across America—including some of the largest—held their versions of the Tunnel to Towers Run and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Foundation’s “Building for America’s Bravest” program. For more information, go to www.TunneltoTowers.org.
For more information on U.S. Army SFC. Michael Schlitz, please go to: www.buildingforamericasbravest.org/houses/?id=12
For more information on U.S. Marine Cpl. Todd Love, please go to:www.buildingforamericasbravest.org/houses/?id=10