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Building for America’s Bravest, Gary Sinise Foundation and Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Honors Temecula at Concert

City of Temecula Mayor Mike Naggar with Maryann Edwards, Gary Sinise, Frank Siller (c) Crispin Courtenay

City of Temecula Mayor Mike Naggar with Maryann Edwards, Gary Sinise, Frank Siller (c) Crispin Courtenay

The “Building For America’s Bravest” Program, a joint project established in 2011 by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers  Foundation, and the Gary Sinise Foundations to assist America’s most seriously wounded veterans, awarded the city of Temecula with the “Community Patriotism Award” for its outstanding support for veterans and their families at the benefit concert on November 2nd, 2013.  A portion of the benefit concerts’ proceeds will stay in Temecula, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation said.

Mayor Mike Naggar, Gary Sinise with Temecula Patriotism Award (c) Crispin Courtenay

Mayor Mike Naggar, Gary Sinise with Temecula Patriotism Award (c) Crispin Courtenay

The City of Temecula was honored for their ongoing commitment to and involvement with wounded veterans during a presentation to Mayor Michael S. Naggar at the Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band benefit concert on Nov. 2nd at Town Square Park.

Thousands gathered for Lt. Dan Band show outside of Temecula City Hall (c) Crispin Courtenay

Thousands gathered for Lt. Dan Band show outside of Temecula City Hall (c) Crispin Courtenay

In a venue that continued to grow as tickets were sold out, Temecula residents, and fans of the Lt. Dan Band and all they represent, gathered to support the Building for Americas Bravest programs and hear quality jams by Gary Sinise and company.

Thousands gathered for the lt. Dan Band Concert in Temeucla

Thousands gathered for the lt. Dan Band Concert in Temeucla (c) Crispin Courtenay

Proceeds from the concert are directed toward building additional “Smart Homes” for severely wounded veterans, such as the smart home built for triple amputee USMC Corporal Juan Dominguez and his family, completed here last year. The Lt. Dan Band and the Tunnel To Towers foundation honored the City of Temecula with a percentage of funds from the concert, toward Temecula’s Wounded Veteran programs.

Mayor Pro Tem Marryann Edwards led off the night with the National Anthem

Temecula’s Mayor Pro Tem Marryann Edwards led off the night with the National Anthem (c) Crispin Courtenay

Temecula’s Mayor Protem Marryann Edwards led off the evening.

National anthem at Lt. Dan Band Concert Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

Chairman Frank Siller of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation stated, “When Gary’s foundation and ours partnered on our ‘Building for America’s Bravest’ Program two years ago, we knew we would meet wonderful people who could support members of our military who have sacrificed so much for us.”

Chairman Frank Siller of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation spoke at the Lt. Dan Concert in Temecula (c) Crispin Courtenay

“The people of Temecula have set the standard for how communities across America can embrace and connect to our most seriously wounded military heroes.” Siller said.

Gary Sinise took the Temecula stage with heart and soul. (c) Crispin Courtenay

Gary Sinise took the Temecula stage with heart and soul. (c) Crispin Courtenay

Following a video montage of Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump, for which Gary Sinise is so acclaimed, the band took the stage, ready to rock with Temecula. Sinise on bass guitar, drew from his set list of everything from Marvin Gaye, Zac Brown Band, Jimi Hendrix, to Evanescence.  

Lt. Dan band, vocals with Molly Callinan (c) Crispin Courtenay

Lt. Dan band, vocals with Molly Callinan (c) Crispin Courtenay

“It’s so much more than coming in, building the home, and leaving. Community support and acceptance of these brave heroes is vital to their reclaiming their lives after serious and debilitating injuries. Temecula has done that for Juan and America and our Foundations are grateful.” Sinise said during a recent interview. “The support that Juan and his family have received from this community is the model of what the Building for America’s Bravest Program has set out to do.” 

Joined with band members Jeff Vezain (l.) Gary Sinise, and Mari Anne Jame.

Of Gary Sinise and his ongoing evangelism for wounded veterans in our country and serving overseas, he is often referred to as a “Modern day Bob Hope.” Now, an honorary member of the United States Marine Corps, Sinise will continue his efforts on behalf of America’s bravest.

For more information about Lt. Dan Band: http://www.ltdanband.com/

For more information on the Gary Sinise Foundation: http://www.garysinisefoundation.org/

For more information on the Building for America’s Bravest Foundation: https://ourbravest.org/

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

One comment on “Building for America’s Bravest, Gary Sinise Foundation and Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Honors Temecula at Concert

  1. Pingback: Gary Sinise Foundation honors Temecula Residents in the spirit of Thanksgiving | Temecula Grapevine

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