CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Boeing has stepped in as the title sponsor for the 2013 Lt. Dan Band benefit concert for the Independence Fund.
The event, scheduled to take place at The Citadel's Johnson Hagood football stadium on Sept. 14 had been in danger of cancellation due to low ticket sales.
Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with the first act taking the stage at 6 p.m. and the Lt Dan Band at 8:30 p.m.
"It's a big step forward for this all volunteer effort to support the troops," said Charleston resident Lisa Sternke, an Independence Fund volunteer who is married to a disabled veteran and who coordinated the Boeing sponsorship for LDW4 over the past two months.
For the fourth year in a row, Oscar-nominated actor Gary Sinise who will lead his "Lt. Dan Band" in an inspiring performance. In addition to performing more than fifty concerts a year where he entertains the troops all over the world, Mr. Sinise also heads the Gary Sinise Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to serve the Nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.
Sinise said, "Having the support of a great American company like Boeing makes performing at The Citadel even more meaningful for myself and the band. When considering that American Airlines, who currently flies an all Boeing fleet of aircraft, has been such a tremendous supporter of the Gary Sinise Foundation's efforts for more than five years it's obvious that the synergies of support are aligning themselves around our troops for this concert on Sept. 14th."
The all volunteer Independence Fund is a South Carolina registered 501(c)3 organization run entirely by combat veterans. Donations to the group are tax-deductible and are used to provide injured troops with the tools, therapies and guidance that they otherwise are not receiving. 100% of the proceeds from the Sept 14th concert will remain in South Carolina to benefit severely injured veterans in accordance with The Independence Fund's mission.
"We are grateful that the leadership of a great company like Boeing has gotten behind this effort, and all that Mr. Sinise and American Airlines has done to support our troops as well" said the founder of The Independence Fund after learning of Boeing's support. "In appreciation of this we have decided to offer Boeing's 6,000 local employees and their family members 1/2 priced promotional tickets that may be purchased online on the event website, www.LDW4.org."
Along with the Sept. 14 concert there will be a Friday night "Party in the Park" at Charleston's Brittlebank Park where more than 200 severely injured veterans and caregivers will be honored at a free event which will include BBQ, pizza and music for all attendees. There will also be a Saturday morning family friendly bike ride as well as a 5K which will start a 9 a.m. at The Citadel's Johnson Hagood football stadium.
"This is a chance for the greater Charleston community to show the rest of the country what "Support the Troops" really means," said Independence Fund board member and severely injured veteran, Sergeant Major Jesse Acosta, USA(ret.). "We can't wait to see that happen!"