Classic Christmas Comedy, Army Colonel Casting Hope for US Troops

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Author Sylvia Hysen, Casting Hope Founder Pixie Monroe, and US Army Colonel Special Forces and Accessions Brigade Commander, John Fenzel III collaborate to send autographed cases of Hysen's classic Christmas comedy, A Very Dairy Christmas, to US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I think we could all use a little more of that in our lives right about now.

When author Sylvia Hysen sought direction in shipping cases of her classic Christmas comedy, A Very Dairy Christmas to US troops overseas, she didn't have to look too far. She merely phoned a friend Pixie Monroe, Hollywood Casting Director and Founder of Casting Hope, who in turn phoned a friend, US Army Colonel Special Forces and Accessions Brigade Commander, John Fenzel III. "I wanted to show my appreciation to our troops, so I reached out to Pixie for help," Hysen explains. "She [Monroe] is promoting the Yellow Ribbon Express, a traveling locomotive exhibition in honor of our wounded military soldiers scheduled to roll out on September 11, 2011, so I figured she would be the most logical person to call." Monroe currently produces Casting Hope, a bi-monthly philanthropic web cast with former KIIS FM/KBIG radio personality, Gary Spears that connects celebrity endorsed charities to a nationwide audience.

What Hysen didn't expect was a personal response from a high ranking military official. "When Pixie said she'd get right back to me, she certainly made good on her word. I had addresses for US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan almost immediately," Hysen reports. "And I was speaking directly to the Colonel shortly thereafter." Fenzel is a US Army Colonel Special Forces and Accessions Brigade Commander at Fort Knox, KY who seizes every opportunity to show respect and concern for those serving our nation. "While Christmas has always been a season of peace for our country, the men and women of our military have spent innumerable Christmases serving their country abroad so that future generations could live in peace," Col. Fenzel states. "Indeed, remembering our troops at Christmas is perhaps the only true measure of appreciation we can offer our brave men and women--living and dead--who have selflessly provided us the greatest gift of all: the gift of freedom."

Hysen was determined to send Christmas cheer to US troops serving overseas, so she ordered cases of her classic Christmas comedy, A Very Dairy Christmas, from her publisher, autographed each copy with a message of gratitude, wrapped the books with special cow wrapping paper and red bows, and added packets of hot cocoa and candy canes as décor. She repacked them in red straw and added a Christmas card. "It isn't much," she insists, "but it's what I have to give. And if every American Author did the same thing, our US troops would be flooded with warm sentiments and lasting impressions from the literary world." When asked if that was an official challenge to fellow writers, Hysen responded, "Affirmative."

A Very Dairy Christmas is a story about dysfunctional family life that follows the exploits of a spoiled New York debutante who is forced to spend her Christmas vacation on a Wisconsin dairy farm with her estranged, German immigrant grandparents. Hysen uses witty dialogue, familiar character types, and pop-culture to drive her message of social tolerance, generational differences and selfless giving. "My gift to the troops is laughter…" Hysen declares, "I think we could all use a little more of that in our lives right about now."

A Very Dairy Christmas by Sylvia Hysen is published by 1st Impression Publishing and can be purchased at http://www.averydairychristmas.com, Amazon http://www.amazon.com, and through most online booksellers.

To listen to web casts from Pixie Monroe and Gary Spears at Casting Hope go to http://www.castinghope.net or visit Monroe Casting at http://www.monroecasting.com.

To learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Express visit http://www.YellowRibbonExpress.com.

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