Why Stars For Stripes?

With the year coming to a close, some people might be looking for a great organization to donate to and I wanted let you know about a phenomenal organization that does so much good, Stars For Stripes.  In my opinion, I do not think that Stars For Stripes receives enough recognition, publicity and/or financial support.

Stars For Stripes is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides quality, celebrity entertainment to remote overseas U.S .military bases.  In more than 700 such remote bases around the globe that isolation can eat at not only the morale of those stationed there but also their basic psyche which can have a direct impact on their ability to accomplish their mission. Reducing that impairment is the mission of Stars For Stripes.

I have learned over the years, if you do not publicize; no one will know. And if you do not ask; no one will give. So here I am doing both.

Of course, I can talk about a hundred more worthy causes and a handful that I donate both time and money to that are just as worthy of a blog post, but unfortunately, this would make for an extremely long blog.

In full disclosure, I am on the Board of Directors for Stars For Stripes but I have been involved with Stars For Stripes a lot longer than I have been a board member.

I met Stars For Stripes President Judy Seale while I was the Executive Director of a nonprofit SemperComm that too supported U.S. overseas remote military bases by providing communications and entertainment equipment to the troops.  Right away we clicked. We both were supporters of the military and we both believed that regardless of where service members are stationed and how remote they were that they deserved the same type of comforts that other large installations were receiving.

As Judy, states on Stars For Stripes website, “We cannot repay their sacrifices or truly compensate them for their dedication. We can, however, honor them with a glimpse of life back home, with entertainment and with our mere presence, if only for a short while.”

Since the inceptions of Stars For Stripes in 2003, they have touched the lives of 1,000 upon 1,000 of men and women who fight every day for our freedom. They have co-produced with MWR, MNC-I, USAREUR and AFE, more than 50 tours entertaining our troops deployed to remote locations overseas.  Top name entertainers including Charlie Daniels, Richard Marx, Lee Ann Womack, Little Big Town, Aaron Tippin, Chely Wright, Karri Turner, Dave Price, Craig Morgan, Jim McMahon, Kevin Butler,  Dierks Bentley, Diamond Rio, Trick Pony, Mark Wills, the Bellamy Brothers, D.B. Sweeney, Bo Bice and Darryl Worley, and many more.

If the videos and the stories compel you to donate to Stars For Stripes, you can do so online at Stars For Stripes website  or send a check to:

Stars for Stripes
109 Rivers Edge Court
Nashville, TN  37214
Phone:  615-872-2122
Fax:  615-882-0204

Any donation, regardless of the denomination is always appreciated by myself and Stars For Stripes.  Thank you in advance for your generous contribution.

Also, before closing this post, I wanted to thank all the men and women who serve our country and protect our freedom and to their families who support them. Here is to you, Happy Holidays!