(PRWEB) June 25, 2012
A&E Network’s Big Marv, host of reality show Hammertime, will host a pre- Independence Day salute to U.S. troops and free concert featuring Grammy and BET Award-winning Atlantic recording artist Estelle, classic rock legend Eddie Money, country music crooner Canaan Smith on Sunday, July 1, beginning at 6 p.m. at Fort Hamilton Base in Brooklyn. The event will also feature Tommy Stanley, Nashville Star finalist and well-known recording artist with the Center for American Military Music Opportunities (C*A*M*M*O). Immediately following the concert will be a spectacular fireworks display by Grucci, a Long Island-based, five-generation family owned company that is considered one the world’s top names in fireworks.
“Being from a music and military family I appreciate Mission One Voice and C*A*M*M*O and the work they do for our service members and their families,” said Big Marv of A&E Networks’ Hammertime.
This is the third consecutive year for this event, sponsored by Fort Hamilton Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (http://www.HamiltonMWR.com), in association with C*A*M*M*O’s Mission OneVoice (http://www.MissionOneVoice.org) and event producer Lerer Media (http://www.LererMedia.com). New York’s WQHT-Hot 97-FM and The New York Daily News have also signed on as media sponsors for the event, which will be particularly meaningful this year since it is being held in honor of a unit deploying to Afghanistan the following day.
"The Daily News is committed to supporting the Troops around the World. The sacrifices they make day in and day out are appreciated and commended because freedom is a privilege we all have the benefit of enjoying,” said Brian Adams--Community Affairs Manager for the New York Daily News.
“Family Morale and Welfare has been providing valuable programs to service members and their families for decades and for over 5 years we have been together,” said Alycia Lerer of Lerer Media and founder of Mission One Voice. “During this time we have brought such artists as Patti LaBelle, Plain White T's, NeYo, Jamie Kennedy, Wendy Williams and more to pay tribute to them, as well as provide them with a welcome respite from the day-to-day pressures of military life. It is an honor and a pleasure to pay tribute to those who make such a commitment to our country,” she added.
C*A*M*M*O Executive Director Cathie Lechareas echoed Lerer’s comments. “As we prepare to celebrate 236 years of our country’s independence, what better time than now to say thank you to those who continue to ensure that we are a free people. We owe them so much!”
Invited guests include soldiers from Fort Hamilton, the joint base Fort Dix, McGuire Air Force, Lakehurst Naval Station and the National Guard and Reserves units in the area, police and fire personnel, government employees, The Wounded Warrior Program and soldiers from West Point and Picatinny Arsenal, and their families, as well as all active duty military personnel, retirees and veterans, and their families.
Fort Hamilton Base in Brooklyn is the only active duty military installation in New York City. All activities will take place at Fort Hamilton’s newly dedicated Sgt. Deon Taylor Ball Fields. Gates open for the general public at 4 p.m. and the concert will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Access and parking at the venue are extremely limited so it is recommended that attendees use public transportation wherever possible. While the event is free, pre-registration is necessary. For more information or to RSVP, go to http://www.MissionOneVoice.org. Bring valid identification (driver’s license, passport, or other photo ID) to gain entry at the gate (no exceptions, for security reasons).
For more information and media inquiries please contact Rose Crichton at 760-551-9031 or RCMediaMarketing(at)gmail(dot)com.
About Mission One Voice (MOV)
The One Voice Mission is to collaborate with the Armed Forces to bring together the private and military sectors to deliver quality entertainment and events for our troops, their families and the communities they serve. MOV comprises show business professionals and retired military personnel who would like to express heartfelt gratitude for tireless commitment of our troops. Together, as “One Voice,” we show appreciation to our troops and their families for their sacrifice. It is an honor to give back by providing a welcomed respite from their day to day stress by putting a much deserved smile on the faces of our veterans, active duty and Reserve and Guard and their families. For more information and donations please, visit our web site at http://www.MissionOneVoice.org.
C*A*M*M*O (Center for American Military Music Opportunities) a 501c3 a non-profit organization that promotes the music of our men and women in uniform and allows the public a unique venue to empathize with service members by listening to their voices. Its primary mission is to take the creativity and talent of service members, wounded warriors and veterans, and move them forward by creating therapeutic outlets for sufferers of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). C*A*M*M*O's efforts have produced music artists such as Tommy Stanley and the group 4Troops, who can be seen performing worldwide. The organization also provides therapeutic, economic and scholastic opportunities by providing music therapy and training to military members who are seeking viable music industry careers. For more information, visit our web site at http://www.cammomusic.org.