Army Birthday Ball to Celebrate Hollywood’s Support to Soldiers
2011-05-10 · By Editor
The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (GLAC AUSA), a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to supporting the U.S. Army, will pay tribute to a long-standing relationship with their Hollywood neighbors at this year’s Army Birthday Ball June 3, 2011 at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach, Calif.
For years, Hollywood and the United States Army have shared a strong mutual admiration. In fact, the first ever Academy Award for a documentary film was awarded to the United States Army for a film produced by former Maj. Frank Capra.
“Over the years we’ve had incredible support from some of the biggest names in Hollywood,” said Toni Schuman, an executive of the organization. “Margaret O’Brien, Bette Davis, Martha Raye, Jerry Lewis, Rich Little, George Peppard and Cesar Romero have all been with us over the years … and, of course, one of our biggest supporters was Bob Hope, who never missed the ball.”
This year’s Army Birthday Ball is shaping up to be another great evening of stars. Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, is already scheduled to perform. The full list of celebrities is still being finalized, but many of our past supporters have been invited to join the celebration – along with some of today’s hot young stars!
“It isn’t just ‘old Hollywood’ that supports us and our Soldiers,” Schuman said. “America Ferrara and Will Valderrama were a huge hit with the troops at last year’s Army Birthday Ball — the standing ovation they got from the Soldiers brought tears to their eyes.”
GLAC AUSA will also continue its annual tradition of supporting Soldiers through the “Give A Soldier A Night Off” campaign. Through the campaign, AUSA sponsors local Soldiers and their spouses to attend the event. Last year more than 200 Soldiers attended the ball.
“Southern California has the single largest population of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the United States,” said Felicia Campbell, vice president, programs, for GLAC AUSA. “However, most of the thousands who have deployed out of here are ‘Citizen Soldiers’ – our California National Guard and Army Reserve – who have no active duty base to help support them or their families, making their return all the more challenging.”
The Army Birthday Ball is June 3, 2011 at the Westin Hotel 333 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90802.
Tickets are $285 per person. Members of the public can make tax-deductible donations of one or more seats, or make contributions of $25, $50, $100 or more to sponsor enlisted Soldiers, non-commissioned officers and junior officers. Donations can be made on line via a secure Pay Pal site at ausa.org/glac.
The Army Birthday Ball is open to the public. Seats can be purchased at the same Pay Pal website.
For more information, visit www.ausa.org/glac or call 310.562.1121.