Gary Sinise Foundation Fund Raiser
At the recent North American Van Lines National Convention held last week in Austin, TX October 24-26 where all of the agents in attendance contributed to The Gary Sinise Foundation through a raffle which raised over $17,600. Michael Schlitz a retired disabled veteran and a recipient of a smart home and Jim Shubert a Board member of the foundation were on hand for one of the general sessions thanking all the agents for their support.
Cord Moving and Storage located in Saint Louis, Memphis TN, Belleville IL and Dixon Mo was present and was represented by Steve Ryan, President and Steve Patterson, CFO for all the activities and the presentation. All of the agents participate in moving the new furniture to each of the smart homes for the severely disabled veterans which as Steve Ryan put it, “it is in a very small way our way as a van lines of giving back to those that have given so much for our security and safety”.
The experiences of war leave an indelible impact on our servicemen and women. As they return to civilian life, the physical, emotional and psychological challenges they face are often difficult. As citizens, supporting the heroes of our nation is a responsibility each of us must carry. The Gary Sinise Foundation works to ensure the sacrifices of America’s defenders and their families are never forgotten.
In 2012, the Gary Sinise Foundation began building specially adapted smart homes for America’s severely wounded veterans through its partner program. Each home features automated amenities to ease the daily challenges these heroes face. In 2013, the Gary Sinise Foundation expanded these efforts by establishing its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program.
For more than a decade, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band have toured the globe in support of our troops. As a part of the Foundation, the band is raising spirits and awareness for military and first responder causes worldwide.
Through its Invincible Spirit Festivals, the Gary Sinise Foundation is boosting the morale at military medical centers across the country. These daylong celebrations provide a respite from the rigors of rehabilitation for the hospital’s patients, staff, and families. The Relief & Resiliency Outreach program is providing complete support to those recovering from trauma, injury and loss during times of urgent need. The Foundation is also providing financial support and training to America’s firefighters, police departments and EMTs through its First Responders Outreach program.
Additionally, the Gary Sinise Foundation is showing appreciation through Serving Heroes, a program providing hearty, classic American meals to our defenders across the country. The Arts & Entertainment Outreach program now includes the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Each theatre provides dinner and a performance to local veterans free of charge.
In 2015, the Gary Sinise Foundation launched Soaring Valor with The National WWII Museum. The program provides WWII veterans a chance to visit the museum and documents their first-hand accounts of the war for future generations.