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Megan Turak, Military Family Network
PITTSBURGH, PA, December 17, 2009 -- On December 2nd, singer, songwriter and musician, Lee Greenwood, ushered in the holiday season with a festive Christmas concert brimming with tradition and musical classics for a jubilant audience of community and military fans at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA. Attended by special guests from the 14th Quartermaster Company, U.S. Army Reserve; the Department of Defenses’ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve; and, Pittsburgh-based Military Family Network, and hosted by Latshaw Productions of Monroeville, PA, the spectacular performance captured the crowd’s imagination while Greenwood’s pleasant humor and storytelling wove together a magical tapestry of Christmas spirit.
Dorothy Benyacko Carbisiero, the 14th Quartermaster’s Family Readiness Group Leader, had difficulty containing her excitement about the event. “It was a fantastic show! Mr. Greenwood was so entertaining and I am so grateful to Latshaw Productions for donating these tickets to us. The community support for our troops and families is phenomenal. I’m really happy to see so many volunteers here from organizations like Operation Homefront and Soldiers’ Angels.”
Greenwood, well known for his patriotic song, “God Bless the U.S.A.” and his unwavering support of America’s troops, demonstrated yet again his gratitude to the nation’s military service members and families when he dedicated his song to a Gold Star family present in the auditorium. A Gold Star family is a family that has lost a loved one while serving the country.
The artist also generously granted several impromptu autographs and photo opportunities to multiple members of the military community. It was during this moment when Greg Simmons, a representative for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and Dorothy Benyacko Carbisiero presented Mr. Greenwood with a token of appreciation for all he has done on behalf of the military community.
“It’s because of actions such as this night’s song dedication,” said Greg Simmons, “that our organization chose to honor Mr. Greenwood by recognizing him with ESGR’s ‘Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve’.”
Not to be outdone, the 14th Quartermaster Company also provided Mr. Greenwood with a gift: a 14th Quartermaster t-shirt. The t-shirts are significant because they carry the names of the deployed and are proudly worn by family members to show support for their soldier. “Meeting Mr. Greenwood was the highlight of my evening,” exclaimed Dorothy.
Luis Trevino, President of the Military Family Network, snapped pictures of the autograph session and couldn’t have agreed more.
“Enjoying a great concert, being with friends and meeting new people is a perfect way to start the holiday season,” said Trevino. “And I certainly enjoyed meeting Mr. Greenwood. But for me,” Trevino continued, “when I found the night’s ‘song list’ taped to the floor and Mr. Greenwood gave it to me with his signature, well, I knew Christmas had arrived.”