Is a Proud Sponsor of “AMERICA SALUTES YOU”, a Benefit Concert for Military, Veterans and Their Families

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Performers include Cyndi Lauper, Wanda Jackson, Hoodie Allen, CeCe Winans, Ricky Skaggs, Anthony Kearns, Tegan Marie, and many others. The nationally televised concert will air on Tribune Broadcasting and Sinclair Broadcast Group stations, as well as on Westwood One radio stations.

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After 14 years of war, the number of veterans, including the National Guard and Reservists, with multiple tours of combat duty is the largest in modern American history.

“America Salutes You,” a concert benefiting those who serve in the military, will take place on Saturday, November 12th at 8pm Central time at the Rosemont Theater in Chicago. Performers include pop icon Cyndi Lauper, country music legend Wanda Jackson, rapper Hoodie Allen, Gospel Grammy winner CeCe Winans, world-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns, bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, rising country star Tegan Marie and many others.

Text and online fundraising will take place during the concert’s broadcast on television, radio and via stream. Through the participation of "The America Salutes You Campaign: A McCormick Foundation Fund,” the money raised by the concert will be granted by the McCormick Foundation to several top non-profits serving military, veterans and their families such as: Give an Hour, ThanksUSA, Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, the Bob Woodruff Foundation and Honor Flights. “America Salutes You” is working cooperatively with the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

“America Salutes You,” directed by Jerry Foley, will air nationally on Tribune Broadcasting and Sinclair Broadcast Group stations over Thanksgiving weekend (check local listings.)
The concert will stream live on LiveStream,, TV Worldwide and will be offered to radio stations nationally by Westwood One.

Sponsors of the concert include, Walgreens,, and The Tribune Media Charitable Foundation.

“We have asked those who serve, past and present, to leave their home and their loved ones to protect our freedoms,” said Debbie Gregory, CEO of “After 14 years of war, the number of veterans, including the National Guard and Reservists, with multiple tours of combat duty is the largest in modern American history. We owe them a huge debt, and at the very least, the ‘American Dream’.”

Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park and Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago are the official lodging partners.

“Over 200,000 service members re-enter civilian life each year, joining over 22 million existing veterans,” said Bob Okun, concert creator. “Many continue to need assistance with proper healthcare, employment training, education, and housing opportunities in their communities, so our hope is this concert will provide much needed assistance."

Sponsorship opportunities are available, with all funds supporting the concert production and our partner charities and foundations.

“Those who serve represent less than one percent of our population, but they sacrifice and stand for all of us,” said Larry Wert, President, Tribune Broadcasting. “The goal for the America Salutes You concert is to raise awareness and provide support for those who selflessly serve our country.”

“Sinclair is proud to be partnering with Tribune in the broadcast of the America Salutes You concert so that together we can reach a national television audience in support of America’s military veterans,” said Steve Pruett, Co-Chief Operating Officer of Sinclair’s television group.

Tickets will be available online beginning October 25 at (website courtesy of

For further information, contact seth(dot)grossbard(at)civic-us(dot)com at Civic Entertainment.

Donation information:


By mail:
Checks payable to: America Salutes You Campaign
Mail to:
America Salutes You Campaign
23912 Network Place
Chicago, IL 60673-1239

Media contacts:
Civic Entertainment:
Seth Grossbard

McCormick Foundation:
Abby Pfeiffer

Tribune Broadcasting:
Jessica Bellucci

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