Maryland Sells Out Military Bowl Ticket Allotment; Only 500 Tickets Remain For East Carolina

MILITARY DONATIONS STREAM IN THROUGH MILITARYBOWL.ORG

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Military Bowl officials announced Tuesday that Maryland has sold out its ticket allotment and East Carolina has just 500 tickets remaining heading into bowl week. Both teams were given 10,000 tickets to sell to their respective fan bases. The excitement is building as both teams prepare to play in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman on December 29 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).

Maryland and ECU supporters have come out in force,” said Steve Beck, executive director of the Military Bowl. “With a limited number of seats left, we encourage people to purchase tickets now. Taking the family to the Military Bowl is a great holiday gift.”

In addition to fan support, local residents have shown their true holiday spirit through MilitaryBowl.org, the bowl’s official site. Since November, the site has raised more than $20,000 in donations toward the purchase of bowl game tickets for military members and their families. A sizable portion of this donation has come from Northrop Grumman employees. Donations are still being accepted.

“We are grateful for the generosity that has been exhibited through this special program that gives back to our brave military members,” continued Beck. “The Military Bowl celebrates our troops, and these funds will be used to ensure they enjoy an entertaining event during the holidays.”

Fans can also enjoy a full lineup of bowl week activities. Festivities begin with the Military Bowl Battle of the Bands presented by Marriott on Freedom Plaza from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on December 27, and continue with the Military Bowl Official Tailgate Party at the DC Armory on game day from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., before culminating with The After Party at the DC Armory from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. after the game.

Tickets to all events can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 800-551-SEAT. Tickets also can be purchased or picked up at the RFK Stadium box office December 27 – 29 or at the DC Armory Will Call trailer on December 29 (Armory events only). Group orders can be purchased by calling (202) 785-BOWL (2695).

Additional information on the Military Bowl and bowl week events can be found at www.MilitaryBowl.org or by calling (202) 785-BOWL.

Dearfoams’ Celebrity Slipper Fairies Give the Gift of Comfort to the USO This Holiday Season

Dearfoams is honored to give back to the USO (United Service Organizations) this Christmas by hosting the Celebrity Slipper Fairy Challenge. Celebrities, including Mario Lopez (host of “Extra,” “Saved by the Baby”), Gretchen Rossi (“The Real Housewives of Orange County”), Madison Pettis (The Game Plan, Disney’s “Cory in the House,”), Shaunie O’Neal (“Basketball Wives”), George Wallace (performer, The Flamingo Las Vegas), and You-Tube sensation Elle Fowler, will be donating over 3,500 pairs of Dearfoams to the soldiers as a holiday gift. The goal of The Celebrity Slipper Fairy Challenge is to visit USO locations across the country and bring comfort to the soldiers and their families this holiday.

“We are so pleased to honor the USO and give back to the soldiers and their families,” says Rachel Iannarino, Dearfoams Sr. Brand Manager, R.G. Barry Corporation. “We want our gift to bring joy, comfort, and happiness to the soldiers who fight every day to protect our country. To have help from our celebrity friends is an extreme honor and we couldn’t be more proud of being able to deliver the gift of comfort. We are grateful for the privilege and opportunity to give something back to those who give their all.”

“On behalf of the USO we would like to say thank you to Dearfoams for their gracious gift to our service men and women,” said Cathy Martens, USO Vice President of Corporate Alliance. “This is a great touch of home for our troops during the holidays.”

Dearfoams will donate 3,500 slippers to soldiers and their families at various bases across the United States including USO Fort Riley (Kansas), USO Denver, USO South Carolina, USO Houston, and USO Fort Hood (Texas). Each location will receive a generous donation on the behalf the Dearfoams Celebrity Slipper Fairies just in time for Christmas.

For more information about Dearfoams, visit http://www.Dearfoams.com and to watch The Celebrity Slipper Fairy Videos, visit www.slipperfairy.com. To learn more about the USO and to give a little to those who give their all, visit: http://www.uso.org.

Homefront Heroes Premieres December 21, 2010

Homefront Heroes, an original web series and online community aimed at documenting the recovery and bravery of America’s wounded warriors, their families, and those who support them, will premiere online at HomefrontHeroes.com at 7 p.m. on December 21, 2010.

Filmed around the country, each “webisode” of Homefront Heroes will tell a story of resiliency and inspiration as the viewer learns what an American wounded service members and their families goes through when they come home to battle a different war after being injured.

“Homefront Heroes tells the amazing stories of our wounded warriors, their families, and the people who are helping them recover to chase their dreams,” said Michael Allen, co-creator and producer of Homefront Heroes. “The goal of Homefront Heroes is to share as broadly as possible these extraordinary stories of hope as a wounded warrior takes his or her life back after being wounded in defense of our nation.”

Created by Michael Allen and Brad Keller, Homefront Heroes is supported by the USO, Military.com, and American Airlines, the official airline of the USO. The first season of Homefront Heroes will include webisodes about the USO’s Operation Enduring Care, UCLA’s Operation Mend, and Hope for the Warriors – organizations dedicated to providing assistance to wounded warriors and their families.

“It is the USO’s hope that all Americans join together to support our wounded warriors and their families to create a network of care that extends from the point of injury on the battlefield to communities here at home,” said Sloan Gibson, president of the USO. “Homefront Heroes shows each of us how we can do more to help our troops and their families.”

“American Airlines has a long-standing commitment to support our veterans, troops, and their families,” said Art Torno, vice president, New York for American. “It is a privilege to present Homefront Heroes, which gives a voice to the wounded warrior community as well as those who help them rebuild their lives.”

Homefront Heroes’ first episode “I Don’t Have One Regret,” airs December 21, and highlights retired Army Sergeant Rick Yarosh, who was seriously burned in an IED explosion while serving in Iraq.

“The entire UCLA medical community is honored to be able to help these courageous young men and women. For a plastic surgeon to have this extraordinary opportunity to give back to those who have given so much, is truly a privilege,” said Dr. Timothy A. Miller, surgical director of UCLA’s Operation Mend Program, featured in webisode 2 of Homefront Heroes, entitled “Reconstructing Lives Though Reconstructive Surgery.”

“This is a fantastic project that not only showcases the enormous sacrifices and heroism of our wounded warriors, but also that of their families,” said T McCreary, president of Military.com. “Military.com is proud and honored to be able to work with Homefront Heroes, American Airlines, and the USO on such a worthy endeavor.”

To watch the trailer for Homefront Heroes or to submit a story of support, please visit www.HomefrontHeroes.com.

Stockings in Southwest Asia

By John Hanson, Senior Vice President, USO

Every year, the USO’s direct mail campaign includes an appeal that carries the message, “There are no stockings in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Well, of course, there probably ARE stockings there. I can report to you that there are inflatable Santa-in-a-Sleigh yard decorations there. Today’s troops do what American troops at war have always done. They do their best to make their situations as home like as possible.

But, they aren’t home.

These brave men and women are anywhere BUT home, working over every holiday to keep us safe and to secure a nation half way around the world. And, Americans send them things to let them know we honor that sacrifice. They’ll get cakes and candy and the kinds of things we put in stockings, even if the troops don’t have a stocking handy.

Several years ago, I was on a USO holiday tour hosted by the Sergeant Major of the Army. The tour lasted ten days or so, and we were going to arrive home on Christmas Eve. The tour was exhausting. We stopped at Balad, Iraq, and when we walked backstage during the sound check, we noticed that there were small stockings on the wall. Nurses at the military hospital there bought the stockings, wrote the performers’ names in glue and glitter and put a single candy cane in each one. I will never forget the looks on the faces of each person, nor will I forget the glee and wonder each expressed at the thought of someone taking the time to say, “Merry Christmas” in that way. Stockings have power.

The DCC to Cheer on Troops and Their Families in Korea on USO Holiday Tour

WHAT: USO tour featuring Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders (DCC)

WHEN: Dec. 21 -30, 2010

WHERE: Korea

WHY: Busy bringing cheer and joy to troops and their families are America’s sweethearts The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, who will soon depart on their 73 USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. As part of the week-long visit, the group will put on 6 performances, host cheerleading clinics, sign autographs and participate in meet and greets with troops and their families serving overseas in Korea.

The most traveled of USO tour veterans, the DCC has a more than 30-year history of supporting service men and women and their families. Earlier this month members from the DCC participated in the annual Sergeant Major of the Army USO Holiday tour, and extended America’s heartfelt gratitude to troops serving in the Middle East.

Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman Announces 2010 Bowl Week Activities

D.C.’s bowl week experience enhanced to include “Military Bowl Battle of the Bands” on Freedom Plaza and “The After Party” at the DC Armory

WASHINGTON, D.C. – D.C.’s bowl week experience keeps getting bigger and better. Growing into one of the mid-atlantic region’s premier and most anticipated college football events, the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman brings the excitement of the bowl season to the nation’s capital and a spirit of celebration to the region.

The Military Bowl announced today that this year’s bowl week activities will be expanded to include the Military Bowl Battle of the Bands presented by Marriott on Freedom Plaza on December 27 and The After Party at the DC Armory on December 29. These events join the Military Bowl Official Tailgate Party and the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman as official bowl week activities. In this year’s game, Maryland meets East Carolina on December 29 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is 2:34 p.m. ET (ESPN).

“Our goal is to grow the bowl week experience each year and these new events build upon the success of last year’s sold-out Official Tailgate Party,” said Steve Beck, executive director of the Military Bowl. “Bowl Week is intended to be affordable, family fun, culminating with a competitive match-up at RFK Stadium and an after party that puts the stamp on a fun-filled week in our nation’s capital.”

The week opens up with each team arriving to its respective hotel, starting with Maryland this Wednesday, and followed by East Carolina on Friday. Alumni, football fans and residents are invited to greet each team and dish out a dose of D.C. hospitality and school spirit as the players, coaches and administrators arrive.

School spirit will be in abundant supply during the first Military Bowl Battle of the Bands presented by Marriott on Freedom Plaza from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on December 27. The school bands from Maryland and East Carolina will go head-to-head in a friendly competition off the field. The event is free and open to the public.

All signs point to game day, and this year’s schedule will not disappoint. The popular Military Bowl Official Tailgate Party, at the DC Armory from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., features an all-you-can-eat menu, tasting stations by popular D.C. restaurants, $2 beer specials featuring Miller Lite, cheerleaders from the participating schools, music from DJ Chris Styles and a performance by the Reagan Years, one of the premier 80’s tribute bands on the east coast.

In partnership with the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Education Foundation (RAMW-EF), the tasting stations will feature selections from Clyde’s, Café Saint-Ex, J. Paul’s, Old Glory, Tony & Joe’s, Nicks Riverside Grill, Rocklands, The Front Page and Brasserie Beck. The all-you-can-eat menu includes chili, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages and kielbasas. Advance tickets for the Tailgate Party are $20. Kids age 3 and under are free.

The Maryland and East Carolina football teams will meet for the first time in the third annual Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman at RFK Stadium. The Terrapins (8-4, 5-3 ACC) will appear in their seventh bowl game in 10 years while the Pirates (6-6, 5-3 C-USA) will make a school-record fifth consecutive bowl appearance, their seventh since 2000. Game tickets are $25, $55 and $90. Ticket packages and group discounts for 10 or more are available.

The culmination of the week’s events is The After Party, a celebration of football and the participating schools and a final opportunity for attendees to show camaraderie in the spirit of bowl week. The After Party will be held at the DC Armory from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

In addition to food and drink, attendees to The After Party will enjoy the sounds of nationally renowned rock band Sick Puppies, whose recent song “Maybe” is climbing the charts, Scythian, a regional rock band whose high-energy, adrenaline-pumping brand of music is a local favorite, and DJ Chris Styles.

Tickets to The After Party are $10 in advance. Kids age 3 and under are free. The first 100 ticket buyers will receive a free ticket to ShamrockFest, to be held on the RFK Stadium festival grounds on March 12, 2011.

“The Stadium-Armory campus will be buzzing on game day with the two events at the DC Armory and the bowl game at RFK Stadium,” said Erik A. Moses, managing director of the WCSA’s Sports, Entertainment and Special Events Division. “The bowl experience is taking hold in our region as evidenced by the growth and excitement around bowl week the past two years.”

Tickets to all events can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling 800-551-SEAT. Tickets also can be purchased or picked up at the RFK Stadium box office December 27 – 29 or at the DC Armory Will Call trailer on December 29 (Armory events only). Group orders can be purchased by calling (202) 785-BOWL (2695).

The Military Bowl was launched in 2008 as the EagleBank Bowl and was recently re-branded with new title sponsor Northrop Grumman and the USO as charitable partner. Northrop Grumman, which announced earlier this year its plan to relocate its corporate offices from Los Angeles to Falls Church, Va. is a global security company specializing in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services. A nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities and is most widely known for supporting the troops in the field during times of conflict.

Additional information on the Military Bowl and bowl week events can be found at www.MilitaryBowl.org or by calling 202-785-BOWL (2695).

2010 MILITARY BOWL PRESENTED BY NORTHROP GRUMMAN
PUBLIC ACTIVITIES

Wednesday, December 22 4:15 p.m.
Maryland team arrival – DC Renaissance Hotel
Greet and cheer on the Terrapins upon their arrival in D.C.

Friday, December 24 1:30 p.m.
East Carolina team arrival – The Mayflower Hotel
Greet and cheer on the Pirates upon their arrival in D.C.

Monday, December 27 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Military Bowl Battle of the Bands presented by Marriott – Freedom Plaza
School bands from the University of Maryland and East Carolina University engage in friendly competition in downtown D.C. Event is FREE.

Wednesday, December 29 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Military Bowl Official Tailgate Party – DC Armory
All-you-can-eat menu and tasting stations from popular D.C. restaurants. Toss in $2 beer specials, cheerleaders from both schools, the sounds of DJ Chris Styles and the Reagan Years, and you’ve got a party you can’t miss. Advance tickets are $20. Kids age 3 and under are FREE.

2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
East Carolina (6-6) meets Maryland (8-4) in the third annual bowl game at RFK Stadium. Tickets are $25, $55 and $90. Ticket packages and group discounts for 10 or more are available.

5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
“The After Party” at the DC Armory
Close out the perfect bowl week experience with friends and fellow football fans at the ultimate game day after party. The sounds of Sick Puppies, Scythian and DJ Chris Styles will keep the party going long after the final buzzer. Advance tickets are $10. Kids age 3 and under are FREE. First 100 ticket buyers get a FREE ShamrockFest ticket.

Tickets to all events can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-551-SEAT, at the RFK Stadium box office December 27-29 or the DC Armory will call trailer December 29 (Armory Events only).

About the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman has been held in Washington, D.C.’s historic RFK Stadium since 2008 and for the initial two years was entitled the EagleBank Bowl. Organized by the DC Bowl Committee, Inc. and the Washington Convention and Sports Authority, the Military Bowl serves as a premier regional event benefitting the USO. With first-rate participants and events, the Military Bowl seeks to generate broad support for the USO, positively impact the regional economy, honor the U.S. military and solidify the nation’s capital as a leading college football destination. For more information, please visit www.MilitaryBowl.org.