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Public was Invited!

Here is What the Night was About Friday, July 20th at the Big Sky Resort Missouri Ballroom!


Tickets were Only $50 (or $35 for Veterans)!

The night included comedy entertainment, eye-opening speakers, celebrity surprises, great music, dancing, all you can eat reception food with cash bar,  incredible trips for warrior guests to win, celebrity signature silent auction, and fun for all!

We asked the community to welcome our warrior guests to Montana and thank them for their brave service and sacrifices made!  Here is Big Sky Resort's location.


MEET OUR MC FOR THE EVENING:
COMEDIAN MARK SWEENEY

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From St. Louis, the funniest Marine Veteran you'll ever meet, Mark Sweeney is back with our SAS event again this year!  He's sure to keep you and our warrior guests laughing!  Mark kept the humor rolling during difficult times on his tour, and for those still on tour and Veterans at home. You can read from his diary about his Afghanistan "Vacation."  

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Mark has several CDs available to include one about Iraq and Afghanistan. He recently launched a new book titled, "Court Jester." More about his new book.

 

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CELEBRITIES JOINED OUR EFFORTS!

Celebrities and dignitaries have provided our warrior guests with personal video messages to include Lee Greenwood, Tom Brokaw, J.R. Martinez, John Elway, Taylor Swift, Randy Couture, Senator Tester, Dennis Miller and Ted Nugent. This was presented to the warriors, their caretakers, volunteers, contributing outfitters and community during our entertainment night.

There was also a very special "signature auction" by many of these above celebs and more to include NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, Larry the Cable Guy, Minnesota Twins Catcher Joe Mauer, Couture Xtreme UFC Fighters, Sarah Palin, Aaron Tippin, PGA Tour Golf Pro Steve Stricker, both Montana Senators, and more!

Local contributors include bronze sculptor Dennis Harrington, Moonlight Basin, Animals of Montana and more!

Everyone enjoyed playing this unique signature silent auction throughout the evening during the live music!

 

SINGER/SONGWRITER ENTERTAINER LINE-UP:

- Lucas Hoge from Nashville

- Adele Morgan from Alaska

- Devorah from Seattle

 

Local Montana cowgirls, cowboys and wranglers will also join us to show our warrior guests a few Montana dance moves!

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LUCAS HOGE:
Award winning singer/songwriter Lucas Hoge, Featured in People Magazine and on The Today Show is coming to support our wounded warrior guests at Big Sky! 

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Lucas joins from the Armed Forces Entertainment Wrangler® National Patriot Tour to Afghanistan over Memorial Day each year.

Lucas Hoge's "Medal Of Honor" song is now the official theme song  of: Wrangler® National Patriot! and is available on their website.

GAC featured "Give A Damn" music video at # 2 on the TOP 25 picks for over 2 weeks!

"How Was I To Know" went all the way to # 2.  Lucas was also nominated for ICM's 'New Artist of the Year' 2011!

Lucas Hoge's "Give A Damn" is impacting radio NOW.  The song is also the theme song for the HIT  GAC TV show "Tom's Wild Life" Season 2 premieres March 2012 and co-stars Blake and Miranda here to see the TV show: http://www.gactv.com/tom

Lucas performs the theme song "Last Chance Highway" for Discovery's Animal Planet seen by 30 million homes, which is now available on iTunes thru Discovery Network's record label.

 

AdeleMorgan.jpgADELE MORGAN:
Adele is a singer/songwriter, national spokesperson, inspirational speaker, producer and recording artist. She has called Alaska her home since she was six weeks old. She was born in Canada and moved to Alaska with her family to live on the Yukon River in an Athabascan Indian village as missionaries.

With 4 full length CD’s to her credit, Her latest project called, “This One Life”, was recorded in Nashville with legendary producers, Billy Whittington and Billy Smiley.

As a proud American, Adele has been supporting and encouraging the men and women in our armed forces with her music for many years.  Her music video “WE THE PEOPLE” honors our military and displays her love for this country.

AdeleMusic.jpgAdele is currently an Artist Associate and spokesperson for World Vision, a humanitarian organization that is dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty.

Adele’s song “Because of Your Grace” is featured in the movie and movie sound track of  “The Imposter”, starring, Kevin Max (DC Talk), Kerry Livgren (Kansas) and Jeff Deyo (Sonic Flood).

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Adele’s passion for music equals her passion for our troops and veterans.  Her music has received radio play and sold in the US, Europe, Japan, Australia and Africa.  Click on the preview arrows from one of Adele's albums to hear her beautiful music. Come welcome her to Big Sky, Montana!

 


DEVORAH:

DevorahFundraiser.jpgDevorah Gottesman “The Firecracker," was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and is the youngest child of a family of accomplished, talented musicians. Devorah’s parents, Cantor Ernest and Frances Gottesman were regionally known, and dedicated their lives to their children and community. The experience of being their child developed a persistence and passion for music, and deeply carved her life path of honoring and sharing their legacy. 

As a songwriter, singer, and guitar/piano musician, Devorah brought music and awareness to wounded warriors deticating her time and talent to various warrior functions. 

With 2 CDs, IRREPRESSIBLE and 5770, an Artist of the Year Award, and decades of performance experience, Devorah embarked upon a “Business by Bicycle Tour” from Seattle to Hollywood promoting her music. Devorah rode alone while camping out in Oregon and California State Parks. She was overwhelmed by the reaction and response of radio stations and caring individuals during her tour.

DevorahFireworksSM.jpgDevorah’s story captured the attention of  Los Angeles publicist, Roger Neal. Within a few months of their connecting, Devorah performed on NBC’s Wake Up with Al Roker, ushering in the celebration of Hanukkah. “Roger’s expertise is exactly what a dedicated indie, recording artist dreams about.”

SEE Devorah and listen to her music.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKER LINE-UP:

ONF is helping to move the needle on awareness for invisible wounds with three eye-opening presentations.  

"Uncovering the Tragic Reality of PTSD"
by Author David Philipps

"Family Strength… More Power than a Bomb"
by SFC Mike Mills wife Suki

"Surviving PTSD"
by CPT (ret) Jesse Sellars

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST SPEAKERS:

David Philipps
"Uncovering the Tragic Reality of PTSD"
We are making "invisible wounds" visible to the public with Guest Speaker/Author David Philipps.  You won't want to miss his talk about his ragingly popular book, “LETHAL WARRIORS - When the New Band of Brothers Came Home.” 

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Lethal Warriors brings to life the chilling true stories of Veterans—from their enlistment and multiple tours of duty to their struggles with PTSD and their failure to reintegrate in society.

By exploring the evolving the science and the stigma of war trauma throughout history—from “shell shock” to “battle fatigue” to “combat stress injuries”—Philipps shows that this problem has always existed and that, as the nature of warfare changes, it is only getting worse.

Drawing on harrowing prison, family and police interviews, Philipps takes readers into the action overseas, as well as portraying the heartbreaking drama unfolding at home, where soldiers are at a loss to readjust. With prose that is by turns gripping and moving, he sheds light on the broader issue of PTSD, which currently affects an estimated 800,000 soldiers and counting.

"A must-read for every American. In compelling and heart-healing stories, Philipps tells the story of the other war -- the one at home"  - Tom Brokaw

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David Philippsis a features writer for the Colorado Springs Gazette whose articles have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Enquirer, and The Seattle Times, among others. His coverage of the violence at Fort Carson won him the Livingston Prize for National Reporting, and he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. This book was a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. David has appeared on CNN, NPR, MSNBC and the Smithsonian Channel. He lives in Colorado Springs, CO.

 

SFC (ret) Mike Mills and Wife Suki Mills
"Family Strength... More Power than a Bomb"

Listen as SFC (ret) Mills from Minnesota describes his horrific journey from the moment the IED exploded, through the battle of therapy both physical and mental (PTSD and TBI), to the day he gained control.  Although Mike’s military career was done, he was not.

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SFC (ret) Mills uses his journey and all it has taught him as a platform when supporting other veterans, families and caretakers through an organization he and his wife Suki created, FOR THE VETERAN...BY A VETERAN.

Suki will explain “STS,” Secondary Trauma Stress, or Secondary PTSD, which are the "silent traumas" that affect the family, friends and those who work with a veteran with PTSD, TBI and physical injuries.  

The Mills will explain how the most painful moments not only changed their lives along with the lives of their two children, but also how their battle has helped make the difference for other Veterans and their families.

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Mike and Suki with Ted Nugent and his wife Shemane during a dedication of a sun shelter at Ft. Sam Houston, TX – October 19, 2007

First photo of Mike is with ONF's Vice President, John Kinzinger at Yellowstone's Old Faithful when Mike was a warrior guest during the 2011 Winter SAS. Between them is guide dog, "Angel" companion of Kathy Champion, another warrior guest from the winter event.

 

CPT (ret) Jesse Sellars
"Surviving PTSD" 

JessewithShiek.jpgCPT (ret) Jesse Sellars served two 12 month tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom, during which time he is credited for leading the capture/destruction of over 430 Al’Qeada linked terrorist.  The members of the unit he commanded received 97 individual awards for heroism, valor and gallantry on the battlefield, two of which were awarded to Jesse.

Following his tours in Iraq, Jesse was diagnosed with severe PTSD, a disorder he suffered from for over five years impacting every aspect of his life.  Upon hitting a low point, Jesse successfully received treatment allowing a recovery from the disorder that has afforded him a full and rewarding social, professional, and family life.

He currently is the COO of Technical Management Services, training & consulting company, and serves as a key note speaker around the country speaking to Veterans and advocating Veteran’s rights for those who suffer from combat related stress disorders.

Jesse’s success on and off the battlefield has been highlighted on 60 Minutes, The Discovery Channel, PBS, The History Channel, FOX News, CNN, CBS, The Military Channel, and multiple nationally printed sources to include The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Time Magazine.  Jesse has also been publicly recognized by both President Clinton and President Bush for his accomplishments and contributions to his nation and his home state of Arkansas. 

Jesse and Coworker, Stacey Johnson, Registered Therapist will be participating in activities with warrior guests to be available for support at any time throughout the week.  

Stacey-Johnson.jpgStacey Johnson dedicated her life to serving those in the military and their families. Stacey is the Program Director for Technical Management Services (TMS) Comprehensive Fitness Program to help military service members and their families successfully adjust to the deployment cycle and post-deployment stressors. She has a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and is a member of the American Counseling Association. Her experience includes six years working extensively with civilian and military individuals and families. She specializes in trauma and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

 

Learn more about living with someone with PTSD or even dating someone with PTSD.