WASHINGTON, DC, February 24, 2015 – Blue Star Families (BSF), the largest and fastest growing military family engagement organization in the nation, marks its 5th Anniversary by presenting a special recognition award to The Creative Coalition on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Hosted in partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Blue Star Families will also spotlight First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces nationwide initiative, and recognize Mark Johnson, 2015 Blue Star Neighbor of the Year, for “going above and beyond” to support military families.
Blue Star Families 5th Anniversary Celebration will be held at 6:00pm at the US Chamber of Commerce located at 1615 H. Street, NW in Washington, DC. Sheila Casey, Chairman BSF Board of Directors and Chief Operating Officer of The Hill, and Connie Milstein, Founding BSF Board Member and Principal and Co-founder of Ogden CAP Properties, LLC are event co-chairs. Bob Woodruff, ABC News anchor and reporter and author of In an Instant, will emcee the presentations.
“What started as a passionate discussion across Facebook and Skype between military family members has grown into a vibrant and meaningful mission for Blue Star Families and our members,” explains Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO. “Our goal is to strengthen military families and our nation by connecting communities and fostering leadership. Thanks to our extraordinary partnerships, such as those with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces Initiative and The Creative Coalition, we are mobilizing hundreds of thousands of military family members to engage with programs and resources that improve their lives, enhancing careers for those married to a service member, producing nationally-recognized research, and connecting America to the military.”
Blue Star Families serves 1.5 million military family members annually through its programs and resources with 50 chapters at home and overseas. Each of its programs, including Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corps, Caregivers Empowering Caregivers, Blue Star Careers, and Military Family Lifestyle Survey depends on the partnership of caring civilian organizations, institutions, and individuals.
About the Honoree
The Creative Coalition (TCC) – video and award presentation
CEO Robin Bronk and President and actor Tim Daly lead The Creative Coalition – the leading national, nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment industry. With generous support from Health Net Federal Services, TCC and Blue Star Families partnered with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and Defense Centers for Excellence to create an extremely influential and broad-reaching campaign, filmed with celebrities promoting resilience and suicide prevention among the military community.
About The Creative Coalition (www.TheCreativeCoalition.org) The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, 501(c)(3) nonpartisan charity of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance. The Creative Coalition uses the power and platform of the arts and entertainment communities in award-winning public service and advocacy campaigns. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s president.
About Blue Star Families (http://www.bluestarfam.org) Blue Star Families (BSF) is a national, nonprofit network by and for military families from all ranks and services, including active duty, National Guard and reserves. Blue Star Families strengthens military families and our nation by connecting communities and fostering leadership. With our partners, Blue Star Families hosts a robust array of morale, empowerment, education and employment programs.
Since its inception in 2009, the organization has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and served more than 1.5 million military family members annually, including wounded and transitioning service members and their loved ones. BSF has also activated more than 26 million hours of community service to build leaders within and strengthen the military community, and connected Americans with their military. Our worldwide membership includes military spouses, children, parents, and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians.
The Creative Coalition