MetLife Foundation Awards Leadership Grant to Blue Star Museums and Blue Star Theaters

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With support from MetLife Foundation, Blue Star Museums will offer free admission to military families at 1,600 museums nationwide from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and Blue Star Theaters will launch in fall 2012.

Blue Star Families

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This charitable gift will enhance the lives of hundreds of thousands of military families who will attend museums and theaters this year, taking advantage of the rich cultural heritage they defend and protect every day.

Blue Star Families has received a leadership grant from MetLife Foundation in support of the Blue Star Museums initiative and the new Blue Star Theaters program. This generous grant establishes MetLife Foundation as the lead supporter of the Blue Star Arts programs and a major supporter of Blue Star Families.

MetLife Foundation’s gift will enable Blue Star Families, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, to offer Blue Star Museums to the military community for a third consecutive year. In 2011, the second successful year for Blue Star Museums, more than 350,000 military family members took advantage of this inspiring summer opportunity of free admission to more than 1,500 participating museums across the country for active duty, National Guard and Reserve military family members from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Now in its third year, the program, with leadership from the MetLife Foundation promises to be even richer and more successful.

MetLife Foundation’s gift will also enable the kick off of the new Blue Star Theaters program. The program, anticipated to launch in fall of 2012, will offer special admission packages to military family members to theaters across the country in partnership with the Theatre Communications Group.

"Through their generous ongoing support, MetLife Foundation is the lead supporter of Blue Star Families’ arts initiatives and a conduit for increasing access to the arts for military families,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, Chairman of Blue Star Families. “This charitable gift will enhance the lives of hundreds of thousands of military families who will attend museums and theaters this year, taking advantage of the rich cultural heritage they defend and protect every day.  We are thrilled with the gift and grateful that MetLife Foundation values the opportunity to provide enrichment and support for our military families as much as we do."

Museum and theater visits offer more than entertainment and educational experiences; they also provide a welcome respite from the constant stresses associated with military communities that have endured nearly 10 years of wartime deployments. MetLife Foundation’s support of this program is a thank you to the military family community for their service and sacrifice.

"MetLife Foundation is pleased to expand its partnership with Blue Star Families to increase access to the arts for our military families," said Dennis White, president and CEO, MetLife Foundation. "Opening doors to the many rich and diverse cultural venues across the country is a wonderful way for us to say ‘thank you’ to our military families for their service and support."

About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and Reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. In addition to morale and empowerment programs, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Membership includes military spouses, children and parents as well as service members, veterans and civilians. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit http://www.bluestarfam.org.

About MetLife Foundation
MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to continue MetLife’s longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. The Foundation’s commitment to building a secure future for individuals and communities worldwide is reflected in its dedication to empowering older adults, preparing young people and building livable communities. Since it was established, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $530 million in grants to nonprofit organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. For more information visit http://www.metlife.org

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