USO and Dance Master Maksim Chmerkovskiy Call on Clubs, Schools and Organizations to Dance in Support of the Troops

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Dance Superstar Maksim Chmerkovskiy teams up with USO to launch Dance For The Troops, a grassroots fundraising campaign to unite communities across America to support military troops and their families with dance fundraisers.

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'Dance is an inspiring way to get communities together to make a true difference in the lives of those who sacrifice so much.' - Maksim Chmerkovskiy

The USO (United Service Organizations) announced today a new grassroots fundraising campaign, Dance for the Troops, that provides a localized and easy way for groups and organizations to raise money in support of U.S. troops and their families through dance event fundraisers during fall and winter, including homecoming and winter formal dances at schools and holiday parties at work or with clubs and organizations.

Internationally known dancer and dance instructor Maksim Chmerkovskiy is joining the USO as a national spokesperson for the campaign in order to inspire Americans to dance in support of USO programs that support the troops and their families.

Dance for the Troops is a grassroots fundraising campaign that will encourage communities across the country to gather together and host dance events to raise funds for USO programs and services for deployed troops, wounded, ill, and injured troops and their caregivers, and families of the fallen.

As many groups and organizations celebrate fall and winter festivities with dance events, USP Dance for the Troops offers an easy-to-use platform to make a direct and meaningful impact to those who serve while dancing the night away.

“In my work I find so many organizations that are looking for ways to support the troops and when I learned that the USO wanted to use dance as a fundraising vehicle for making an impact, I immediately wanted to join the effort in getting the word out,” said Maksim Chmerkovskiy. “Dance is an inspiring way to get communities together to make a true difference in the lives of those who sacrifice so much.”

"For years, schools, community organizations and clubs have held dances to celebrate events and occasions," said USO SVP and Chief Development Officer Kelli Seely. “Dance for the Troops allows Americans to turn their preplanned event into one that will help make a difference. Whether you’re hosting a dance, attending one or even inviting friends to a watch party for one of your favorite dance shows, the money you raise will help create some life changing moments for so many troops and military families.”

Dance for the Troops will run until the end of the calendar year on New Year’s Eve 2013. Volunteers hosting a Dance for the Troops event can create a fundraising page for contributions from donors at http://www.USODance.org as well as create an online fundraising page with the help of many step-by-step and easy to use tools and resources to create, promote and deliver a successful dance event.

About Dance for the Troops
Aligned with the USO’s continued leadership in promoting appreciation and support for U. S. troops and military families, Dance for the Troops is a turnkey fundraising campaign that encourages schools, clubs, organizations and companies across the country to host dances and raise funds for USO programs and services that support deployed troops, military families, wounded, ill and injured troops and their caregivers, and families of the fallen. Dance for the Troops dances can be pre-scheduled events that donate a portion of their ticket sales to the USO, or they can be dances that are held specifically to benefit the USO.

About the USO
The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.
In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: American Airlines, AT&T, Clear Channel, The Coca-Cola Company, Grand Canyon University, jcpenney, Jeep, Kangaroo Express, Kroger, Lowe’s, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Procter & Gamble and TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide Strategic Partners: BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation and TKS Telepost Kabel-Service Kaiserslautern GmbH & Co. KG. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this patriotic mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

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