Move America Forward, the nation’s largest pro-troop grassroots organization, reprising and building on a highly successful event from last year, is organizing a high-tech “Troop-a-thon” to benefit United States troops.
The 8-hour telethon will blend technological wizardry and top-tier guests to entertain and educate viewers. This year’s event will be hosted by Melanie Morgan and Andrew Breitbart.
The world will also hear from Gold Star families, those whose loved ones have laid down their lives for America’s freedom. The premiere guests will be our U.S. Troops, who will appear from the Front Lines in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This project aims to ship the largest number of care packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in American history, with the help of viewers and listeners of Internet video, and potentially Radio and/or FOX News during a live stream across America. We have a tall order to fill because Americans stood tall for our troops and donated $1.6 million for care packages to our troops during our first Troop-a-thon last year.
Our troops need to know that Americans are fighting for them here at home, while they are sacrificing for us on the frontlines overseas. The telethon will encourage viewers to sponsor care packages to be shipped out of our central warehouse to give thanks to our military men and women.
The American public needs to hear their stories of success on the battlefield and off, from the men and women actually waging this critical fight against Islamic Jihadists. This is especially true as the war in Afghanistan ramps up with thousands more of our troops fighting the radical Islamists. We will showcase these stories in a lively and exciting format that spurs viewers to respond.
HOW WE’LL DO IT
The technology provider for this historic event is UStream (website: http://www.ustream.tv/ ) - a Silicon-Valley based company that does live video streaming to millions of people. In addition to the content stream, Ustream also hosts chat rooms and allows people to comment and donate while they are watching. Third party websites and blogs can even embed the stream so that their readers can watch the live videos without leaving the site.
Hollywood Producer Ben Mathis will produce any portion of the telethon that may be broadcast on cable TV. In addition to the top-notch production, MAF will host a lineup of troop-loving recording artists and A-list actors who will lend their time and talent and may even perform live to benefit our troops.
Those that have agreed to participate include President George H. W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Jon Voight, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Jackie Mason, Kevin Farley, Jed Babbin and many more.
In the end the project will be successful because we’ll bring together the talents of a large swath of individuals and groups from a wide variety of backgrounds and specialties and make it easy and appealing for Americans to view the program and sponsor packages. The payoff will be when our troops overseas see in tangible gifts America’s expression of our gratitude and respect for them.