NJTV Proud To Sponsor The Wildwoods’ Celebration of Heroes Weekend Beach Festival

Beach Festival Salutes America’s Military Service Men, Women & Families

Events to Benefit Liberty USO, National Military Family Association and the Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter 955

Entertainer Joe Piscopo to Emcee Inaugural USO Variety Show Concert

Event Contacts: Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt, ext. 103, or  Chris Rickert, ext. 124  Suasion Communications Group   publicrelations@smithokeefe.com 

John Eckel 646-438-1186   McGraw Productions 609-653-0400 agentx50@gmail.com

The Wildwoods, NJ – March 13, 2012 – One of America’s best loved family vacation destination resorts – The Wildwoods, NJ – today announced plans to host the Celebration of Heroes, a three-day Memorial Weekend Festival featuring live music, celebrity entertainment and family fun . . . all in tribute to America’s military servicemen, women, veterans and first-responders and their families.

 “This new family-friendly festival, for the military and the general public, will ensure that Memorial Day Weekend in the Wildwoods is unforgettable in every sense of the word, and will attract visitors to the Wildwoods Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall,” explained John Siciliano, Executive Director of the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA).

Thousands of active duty servicemen, women, veterans, first-responders and their families will be invited to participate in the weekend’s festivities, which include a military parade, family beach events and a recognition ceremony, as well as VIP treatment with special hotel rates, restaurant offerings and discounts to area attractions for active military, veterans and first responders will be in effect the entire weekend.

A USO-style variety show and concert at the Wildwoods Convention Center emceed by Entertainer Joe Piscopo will take place on Sunday, May 27. The Saturday Night Live star alum will perform his orchestra-backed Sinatra musical set, and Philadelphia’s own Bobby Rydell will perform “Wildwood Days”, in addition to a number of other special musical artists and entertainers.

“Liberty USO and our membership base is excited and appreciative of the incredible effort being generated by this ‘dream team’ of supporters from the tourism, government, corporate, media and community sectors,said Joe Brooks, President and COO of Liberty USO.

“The National Military Family Association is very proud to join Liberty USO in this initiative and together, will reach out to over 250,000 military families in the tri-state area to participate in this exciting weekend,” said Joyce Raezer, Executive Director. 

Organizers are also excited to have garnered the support of the White House and Mrs. Obama’s initiative, “Joining Forces.” Captain Brad Cooper, Executive Director, expressed his “heartfelt thanks for remembering these military families who have given up so much for this country….this is an ideal way to give back to them and allow them to bond with other families for a weekend of fun and tribute to the military.”

The National Constitution Center celebrates those who support and defend American freedom and was pleased to host today’s announcement. The NCC joins these very prestigious organizations in coordinating another feature of the weekend, the Military Interactive Center, which offers families and friends the opportunity to reach out to loved ones overseas and on military bases around the world. Operation Homelink Executive Director, Dan Shannon, from Chicago, has graciously donated 100 computers, which will be used in the center and distributed to military families after the weekend. In addition, the National Constitution Center will present its popular Soldier Mail Call program which, along with the USO, invites the public to send postcards to troops.

Several media partners including Philadelphia’s NBC-10, the Celebration’s official TV partner, will actively promote the event on-air in advance and throughout the weekend, along with Philadelphia and New Jersey public television stations WHYY and NJTV. Radio sponsors include Philadelphia’s B-101 and WXTU 92.5, New Jersey 101.5 and South Jersey’s Longport Media Group.

The Ford Motor Company and the tri-state area Ford Dealers Association was the first corporate sponsor to step up to insure the success of the new event and cause. “Ford and the Quality Plus Ford Stores are proud to support the Celebration of Heroes event,” states Dave Principato, Regional Manager for Ford Motor Company. “Everyone has a role in recognizing and supporting the brave men and women who fight to protect our country. I hope the Celebration of Heroes event is enormously successful and we are pleased to do our part for military families.”

The “Celebration of Heroes” Festival will be produced and directed by Diane McGraw, President of McGraw Productions, and her event team. McGraw has an extensive sports and entertainment background, having served as President of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, the Orlando and Louisville Sports Commissions and Executive Director of the Philadelphia Sports Congress.