A Salute To Our Troops


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I had the great privilege and honor to again have provided the sound and music for the Salute Inc (www.Saluteinc.org) Pizza Party to raise funds for families of wounded and deceased veterans of Iraq & Afghanistan. This year we moved the event to the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. There were approximately 600 in attendance on February the 6th. The four speaker sound system sounded fantastic, as in concert quality. I provided music for three different segments of the festivities including; Classic Rock, Oldies and Patriotic favorites during the 1st hour, our “Italian American Favorites” (http://www.windycityhitman.com/203/italian-american-favorites/) during the pizza dinner and a variety of tunes including 80’s, Motown, Rock, Disco, College Fight Songs, 70’s along with taking requests during the checking out of the auctions for the final hour and a half. The entire program was filled with focus on our military. The agenda included a Silent Auction, Welcome by Founders; Will & Mary Beth Beiersdorf, Speeches by Board Presidents Marc Gallant, Mike Terranova and Mayor Brad Stephens, Presentation of the Colors, National Anthem by Torran Crawford, POW Table with Ron White, “Amazing Grace” by Conor and John Michael Kelly, The Pizza & Salad, Video; “Transforming Live” with Personal Testimonials, and Fund-A-Need with host Bonnie Green and Gary Colabuono. An action packed night that raised much support for Salute and the families it supports. The highlight of the party for me though, was working with Country Singer Stephen Cochran and his playing partner, Matt Seay who both flew in from Nashville to perform and support our troops. Stephen has had three Billboard Top 40 Hits, has a new album coming out in the spring and most importantly is a Marine who has a heart for helping out needy military families. I had done the equipment setup for Stephen about seven years ago in Arlington Heights and we renewed our friendship to a higher personal level. Stephen and Matt sounded totally fantastic. The three of us even ended up going out for breakfast the next morning before I drove them to O’Hare. Check out the attached videos of their inspiring performance along with the action photos in this blog article.


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