Charity events benefit USA Cares Warrior Treatment Today Program
The Home Sweet Home Campaign will host a silent auction charity event and a two-man charity golf scramble at the Superstition Springs Golf Club, 6542 E. Baseline Road, Mesa, to benefit the USA Cares Warrior Treatment Today Program.
USA Cares exists to help bear the burdens of service by providing post-9/11 military families with financial and advocacy support in their time of need. Assistance is provided to all branches of service, all components, all ranks while protecting the privacy and dignity of those military families and veterans who request help.
The silent auction will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 14, and includes live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, dessert and entry into the free attendance drawing for an L.A. getaway. Auction tickets are $40 per person and may be purchased online at www.HSHcampaign.org or by calling Beth Ann at (618) 567-1384.
The golf scramble begins with a 7 a.m. shotgun start on Sunday, May 16. Tickets are $79 per person and include golf, cart, $50 range card, balls, contests, two drink tickets and an awards lunch following the tournament. To register, call (480) 985-5622.
Buffalo Soldier historic sites tour, Fort Huachuca
Learn more about the renowned Buffalo Soldiers, the all-black unit stationed on Fort Huachuca in the late 1800s through the turn of the century, by taking a tour with the Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers. Fort Huachuca served as the home station for the Buffalo Soldiers for nearly 53 continuous years and their service and accomplishments are legendary.
Tours are offered on the third Saturday of each month. Participants (age 12 and older) meet at the Sierra Vista's Visitor Center, 3020 E. Tacoma, and board a bus for a two-hour tour starting at 11:30 a.m. After the tour, plus additional time at the Fort Huachuca Museum, the bus returns participants to the Visitor Center.
The next tour will be on May 15. The tour fee is $12 and includes water and snacks. Tour participants must be United States citizens. Huachuca is an active military installation. United States citizens are permitted access onto the post with current and valid photo identification for all citizens over the age of 13.
Reservations are required by calling (520) 417-6960 or (800) 288-3861.
Special in-theater event honors military heroes
Exclusively broadcast to nearly 500 select movie theaters for only one night, Sons of the Fallen: A Live Tribute to Our Military Heroes takes audiences on an inspiring and compelling journey to a picturesque Rocky Mountain camp where 25 boys gather to honor the memories of their fathers who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.
NCM Fathom and the executive producer of Extreme Makeover Home Edition Conrad Ricketts present Sons of the Fallen: A Live Tribute to Our Military Heroes, a tribute to our military and their families at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, at AMC Ahwatukee 24, 4915 E. Ray Road.
Tickets are available at box office and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
Phoenix Symphony raises the flag for the armed forces
Commemorating those in service, The Phoenix Symphony will be sounding the horn for all those involved in the armed forces. Marches from John Philip Sousa, Richard Rogers and songs from the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and the Air Force will be performed in high spirits to honor the long lineage of those involved in the safety of America. Joining The Phoenix Symphony and conducting the night's festivities will be internationally-esteemed conductor Loras John Schissel, music director and conductor of both the Virginia Grand Military Band and the Cleveland Orchestra's Blossom Festival Band.
Concerts will sound off at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 28 and 29, at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., as part of the symphony's 2009-10 Pops Series. The volunteers of Phoenix Symphony Allegro will celebrate a successful season of promoting awareness and fundraising for the Symphony at "Allegro Night at the Symphony" during the May 28 concert.
Tickets for "Patriotic Pops" start at $26 and may be purchased by calling the box office at (602) 495-1999 or visiting www.phoenixsymphony.org.
‘Tickets for Troops' campaign salutes local military personnel
Members and industry supporters of the American Subcontractors Association of Arizona (ASA of Arizona) have joined together to salute local military personnel and their families with the association's recently launched "Tickets for Troops" campaign.
ASA of Arizona is asking members, partners and community supporters to donate Arizona Diamondbacks tickets for games on July 2, 3 and 4 in Phoenix. Association members will then coordinate ticket distribution to active servicemen and women, as well as the families of active military personnel, through the 4th Support Squadron at Luke Air Force Base to multiple service branches. Ticket donations will be collected through June 1.
The association is also accepting cash donations that will be used to purchase additional tickets from the Diamondbacks organization.
Donations and tickets should be mailed to "Tickets for Troops," ASA of Arizona, 4105 N. 20th St., Suite 230, Phoenix, AZ 85016. Donation pledge forms are available at www.asa-az.org.
For more information on ASA of Arizona or the campaign, call (602) 274-8979.
Younkins completes basic training
Air Force Airman 1st Class Amanda M. Younkins has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tex.
She is the daughter of and Annette Younkins of Ahwatukee Foothills and John Younkins of Laveen. She graduated in 2001 from New School for the Arts and received a bachelor's degree in 2005 from Collins College, both in Tempe.
Free Memorial Day buffet for military personnel
To honor military personnel this Memorial Day, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino is offering a coupon good for a free Memorial Day buffet from 7 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 31, at the popular Café 24/7 restaurant.
To receive the free buffet, simply present a valid Military ID and a Gila River Casinos Player's Club card to the Player's Club desk inside the resort at 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler.
RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expo
RecruitMilitary, a military-to-civilian recruiting firm, will present the RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo - a free employment, entrepreneurship and education event for job seekers with military backgrounds - from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale. A lineup of veteran-friendly organizations will conduct one-on-one interviews with the job seekers.
The event is for veterans who already have civilian work experience, men and women who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life, members of the National Guard and reserves, military spouses and other military family members.
RecruitMilitary (www2.recruitmilitary.com) is producing the event in cooperation with The American Legion; Purple Heart Services; HireVetsFirst, a unit of the United States Department of Labor; and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN).
Ahwatukee American Legion Post 64 and Veterans Club
The Ahwatukee American Legion Post 64 and Veterans Club meets at 3 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive.
For more information, contact Rod Green at (480) 496-6169.
Cell Phones for Soldiers, Great Choice Chiropractic collection drive
As a United States Veteran, Dr. Greg Hauser knows the importance and the joy of being able to call home when deployed. More than 150,000 troops are serving overseas and are away from their families. Cell Phones for Soldiers and Great Choice Chiropractic are calling on all Americans to support these brave men and women by donating unused cell phones. The cell phones are recycled for cash, and the proceeds are used to buy prepaid calling cards for soldiers serving in the Middle East. Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to collect more than 50,000 cell phones this year to help keep troops connected with their families.
Phones may be donated at Great Choice Chiropractic, 15810 S. 45th St., Suite 160. Phones do not have to be in working order, and the drive is ongoing.
For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Groups help military families
Over the last five years, 1.6 million military service members have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. CAMP HOPE is a new fundraising campaign by Easter Seals and Epsilon Sigma Alpha International to provide camping opportunities for children of military families. A $600 contribution to CAMP HOPE will provide a week-long camping experience for these kids, allowing them to be kids again and also the opportunity to share their experiences with children of other service members. Any and all donations will provide services to support families learning to live with a service member facing newly acquired disabilities.
More information and CAMP HOPE support forms are available at www.esaintl.com/iccouncil/files/CampHope.pdf. Help say a much deserved "Thank You" to some of our youngest heroes.
TShirts 4 Soldiers helps people connect
The Home Sweet Home Campaign's new program, TShirts 4 Soldiers, is helping people connect with their deployed loved ones. This unique and fun way to send a piece of your heart and home to a service member you love is making a big splash in the military world. Spouses, children, mothers and more are designing one-of-a-kind T-shirts and having them shipped directly to their loved one. In turn, service members are sending T-shirts they have designed back home to their family and friends.
For every T-shirt sold, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to USA Cares Warrior Treatment Today Program, which seeks to remove the financial barrier that prohibits veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Traumatic Brain Injuries from receiving the treatment they need.
Help for wounded Marines
Master Sergeant Steve Soha heads up the Wounded Warrior Regiment that includes Arizona and West Texas to help wounded and injured Marines after they return home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sgt. Soha is an active member of the East Valley Marines which meets the second Tuesday of the month in Sun Lakes. To learn more, www.eastvalleymarines.org or call Richard Hippner at (480) 883-9393.