2010 Press Releases

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2010 Press Releases
Press Release 2010-7: Great Start For Operation FPH Blues

Operation FPH Blues (http://cwtt.org/opfphblues.html), the joint effort between Pin-Ups for Vets (http://pinupsforvets.com/) and Cooking with the Troops (http://cwtt.org) is off to a great start. At the end of the first week, approximately $1,000.00 of the $15,000.00 goal has been raised to help U.S. and Allied troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center fight the post holiday blues.

The post-holiday blues can be bad enough on those who are healthy, and fully engaged in their normal activities. Stop for a moment and consider what it might be like for a member of the U.S. or Allied forces who find themselves evacuated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s has been like a fire-hose of attention, visits, and more. Then, suddenly, it’s gone. They are alone in a hospital, in a foreign country, and away from friends, family, and normal support networks. Despite the dedicated efforts of staff and volunteers, the blues can hit hard. To help combat this, visits are planned by Gina Elise of Pin-Ups for Vets, a meal for 150 will be prepared by veteran and chef Ellen Adams, and veteran and author Michael Z. Williamson will be giving away books and signing autographs.

The charities have set the ambitious goal of trying to raise half the money needed, or more, by the end of November. This will allow them to purchase transportation at discounted rates, so that more of the money raised can go to as many efforts as possible.

Donations can be made by mail, or online at http://cwtt.org/donations.html via PayPal. Donors can note on the donation that it is for Operation Fight Post-Holiday Blues. Any funds raised that are not used will be used to support future operations at Pin-Ups for Vets and Cooking with the Troops.

Corporate sponsorship packages are also available.

In addition to Operation FPH Blues, Cooking with the Troops is looking to raise $5,000.00 or more in Indiana to support local events and operations. The organization has agreed to feed 200 Indiana-based military members and families in December, and another event is in discussion. As before, corporate sponsorship packages are available. Please help us to do all we can for those who serve.

Cooking with the Troops is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to supporting U.S. and Allied Troops, their families, and caregivers through special food events, culinary careers, front line support, and homefront support. For more information, please contact Susan Katz Keating, Director of Communications, at skeating@cwtt.org or C. Blake Powers, CEO, at ceo@cwtt.org.

Press Release 2010-6: Pin-Ups For Vets And Cooking With The Troops Partner For Operation Fight Post Holiday Blues

The post-holiday blues can be bad enough on those who are healthy, and fully engaged in their normal activities. Stop for a moment and consider what it might be like for a member of the U.S. or Allied forces who find themselves evacuated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s has been like a fire-hose of attention, visits, and more. Then, suddenly, it’s gone. They are alone in a hospital, in a foreign country, and away from friends, family, and normal support networks. Despite the dedicated efforts of staff and volunteers, the blues can hit hard.

Recognizing that, Gina Elise of the non-profit Pin-Ups for Vets (pinupsforvets.com) and Cooking with the Troops (cwtt.org) have partnered to create Operation Fight Post Holiday Blues. This special event, timed for mid-January to have maximum effect, will combine a special dinner for a planned 150 people cooked by Guest Chef Ellen Adams (redhotdish.com), with hospital and other visits by Gina to help drive the blues away. To aid this effort, the team is being joined by author Michael Z. Williamson (michaelzwilliamson.com), who will also do visits, autographs, and give away books.

Full details on the event can be found at http://cwtt.org/opfphblues.html and all participants are available for interviews. To do this event, Pin-Ups for Vets and Cooking with the Troops are looking to raise $15,000. Donations can be made by mail, or online at http://cwtt.org/donations.html via PayPal. Donors can note on the donation that it is for Operation Fight Post-Holiday Blues. Any funds raised that are not used will be used to support future operations at Pin-Ups for Vets and Cooking with the Troops.

Larger versions of the attached images are available at http://cwtt.org/opfphblues.html or through the contacts listed below.

Links:

http://cwtt.org/opfphblues.html

http://cwtt.org

http://pinupsforvets.com/

http://www.redhotdish.com/index.html

http://www.michaelzwilliamson.com/index.php

Cooking with the Troops is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to supporting U.S. and Allied Troops, their families, and caregivers through special food events, culinary careers, front line support, and homefront support. For more information, please contact Susan Katz Keating, Director of Communications, at skeating@cwtt.org or C. Blake Powers, CEO, at ceo@cwtt.org.

If you want to receive only certain types of releases from Cooking with the Troops, or to be removed from our distribution list, please contact us at media@cwtt.org and let us know your preference. If you would like to be added to our distribution list, contact us at media@cwtt.org and we will be happy to add you.

Press Release 2010-5: Free Military Track Membership Offered To Military

A free pass to the military track at this year’s Blog World and New Media Expo (http://blogworldexpo.com) is being offered to all members of the Armed Forces. The free pass not only provides access to the military track panels on Thursday 14 October, but to the exhibit hall and evening events for the entire conference.

“The military secures our freedoms, including our ability to blog about any and all topics,” says Blog World CEO Rick Calvert. “Social Media has changed the way we all communicate in our personal and business lives and the military is no exception. Blogs and social networking tools have been a godsend to Military personal deployed half a world away from their loved ones; allowing them to communicate with their families easier than ever before. Many of them (and their spouses) also generously share their experiences on their personal blogs, giving civilians a much deeper understanding of the level of sacrifice our men and women in the armed forces make for our freedoms. It is truly our honor and pleasure to provide them this free pass.”

While details are not yet available, Calvert notes that efforts are underway for a very special series of panels. Because of these panels, and limitations on seating, a pre-registration process is being started and is being coordinated by Cooking with the Troops.

“New and social media have been our foundation as we get started,” notes Cooking with the Troops CEO C. Blake Powers. “Helping coordinate the pre-registration for the free membership being offered allows us to support the troops and their families in a different way, and it’s an honor to do so.”

The free membership offer is available to all those currently serving in the Armed Forces, all veterans, and their families. To pre-register, send an e-mail to bwemil@cwtt.org that provides your name, service information (branch, dates; or, branch and dates of spouse, child, or other immediate relative), and the names and relation of any other persons (spouse, child, parent) you wish to register as well. Closer to the conference, you will be sent instructions on how to register online and receive the free membership.
Those desiring to attend other panels and events can pay an upgrade fee during the final registration process to do so. There is no charge to pre-register.

Press Release 2010-4: Klinker, Truitt, and Alting Join National Advisory Board

Cooking with the Troops Inc. is pleased to announce that Sheila Klinker, Randy Truitt, and Ron Alting have joined its National Advisory Board. The National Advisory Board serves as a resource for the Board of Directors and Officers of Cooking with the Troops, providing a depth and breadth of experience that would otherwise be unavailable.

State Representative Sheila Klinker (HD27) was first elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1982 and is involved with many community organizations. She earned her Master’s degrees in elementary education, administration and supervision from Purdue University and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in education from Purdue University. She has received many awards and recognitions for her legislative and civic effortsˇ˝particularly on behalf of children and families, as well as individuals who are mentally ill or developmentally challengedˇ˝and for her successful work in promoting job growth and economic development in Indiana.

State Representative Randy Truitt (HD 26) is a proud fourth generation resident of West Lafayette. He is a 1986 graduate of West Lafayette High School and a 1990 graduate of Purdue University with a bachelorˇ˝s degree from the School of Technology. Randy obtained his M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2002, receiving the Distinguished Professional Award. Randyˇ˝s professional background includes leadership roles in both the bio tech industry and the real estate industry.

State Senator Ron Alting (SD22) is a true ˇ˝hometown guyˇ˝ who has never forgotten his Hoosier roots. A strong advocate for Veterans, Alting is a Major in the Indiana Guard Reserve and a member of the Sons of the American Legion ˇ˝ Post 11. He is also the recipient of the 2002 and 2005 American Legion Distinguished Public Service Award. In the Senate, Alting chairs the Senate Commerce, Public Policy & Interstate Cooperation Committee and is a member of the Agriculture & Small Business, Judiciary and Elections committees. A former small business owner, Alting received the 2005 Small Business Champion Award from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Community Advisory Board of Indiana University School of Medicine ˇ˝ Lafayette.

They join Congressman Jim Marshall (D, 8th District GA), LaNelle Geddes, Ph.D. (biophysics), former Head of the School of Nursing at Purdue, and Rick Calvert, CEO and Co-Founder of Blog World and New Media Expo as members of the Board.

Press Release 2010-3: Winners of the Cooking with the Troops Logo Contest Announced

More than 20 submissions from around the world were made in the month-long contest to create a logo for Cooking with the Troops. Entries from Australia, England, and Scotland joined those from the United States to create a visual representation of the effort to provide aid and comfort to U.S. and Allied troops, families, and caregivers.

Tyler Stout, a 26-year-old originally from Tucson, Arizona, currently living and working in New York City, won first place with his winged spatula design. Working towards a graduate degree in Architectural Sciences, the architect-in-training and freelance graphic designer was chosen by the judges to be the best entry. It has been modified to be two-color for use as the official logo

ˇ˝I am very humbled that my entry for the Cooking with the Troops submission was the winning logo,ˇ˝ says Stout. ˇ˝I have always held a deep respect for the United States military – their selflessness is an inspiration to us all, and I hope that Cooking with the Troops can provide our servicemen and women with a well-deserved opportunity to relax and enjoy the pleasures of life with friends, family and supporters. I have a personal passion for cooking, and believe that good food has an inherent, elemental ability to unite, bind and comfort us… and there is no one more deserving of this than our troops.ˇ˝

Stoutˇ˝s design was chosen the winner by a distinguished panel of judges consisting of Chris Muir, author of the Day-By-Day comic strip (http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/), Damon Shackelford, author of the Delta Bravo Sierra comic strip (http://www.deltabravosierra.us/), and John Cox, of John Cox Art (http://www.johncoxart.com/). Each of the judges noted the quality of the submissions to the contest, which made selecting the winner no easy task.

Erin Ingram (http://eriningram.com/), a graphic designer in Indianapolis, Indiana, took second place with a play on a chefˇ˝s hat. Erin admitted to being shocked at her selection, noting the quality of the entries.

ˇ˝There were so many amazing entries,ˇ˝ notes Ingram. ˇ˝Iˇ˝m honored to be selected. Keep doing what you are doing and never forget the ones overseas fighting for freedom!ˇ˝

Pia Cantoni, of family-owned Swag Specialties (http://www.swagspecialties.com) took third place with a spatula/yellow-ribbon design.

ˇ˝My husband is a Marine so I knew I wanted to somehow participate and get a chance to work with Cooking with the Troops. We are honored to have our design considered, and thrilled with our ranking in the logo contest! Our family is forever grateful for the men and women who serve.ˇ˝

Prizes for the contest were donated by The Spice House (http://www.thespicehouse.com/), Michael Z. Williamson (http://www.michaelzwilliamson.com/), Gretchen Wilson (http://www.gretchenwilson.com/), Bob Miller of Cooking with the Troops, and Chris Muir (http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/).

As first prize winner, Tyler Stout will receive a knife donated by Michael Z. Williamson, author and edged weapons maker, from his operation ˇ˝Sharp Pointy Thingsˇ˝ (http://www.sharppointythings.com/index.php}; a jumbo barbecue gift box set from The Spice House (http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/grill-and-barbecue-deluxe-gift-box); an autographed DVD Gretchen Wilson Undressed donated by Gretchen Wilson (http://www.gretchenwilson.com/); a jar of Concrete Bobˇ˝s homemade barbecue sauce; and, a forthcoming book by Chris Muir (http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/).

As second prize winer, Erin Ingram will receive an autographed book donated by Michael Z. Williamson (http://www.michaelzwilliamson.com/); a basic spices gift box from The Spice House (http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/basic-spices-deluxe-gift-box-starter-set-of-spices); an autographed T-shirt (2xl) donated by Gretchen Wilson (http://www.gretchenwilson.com/ ); and, a jar of Concrete Bobˇ˝s homemade barbecue sauce.

As third prize winner, Pia Cantoni will receive a small barbecue gift box from The Spice House (http:// www.thespicehouse.com/spices/grill-and-barbecue-gift-box); an autographed camo ball cap donated by Gretchen Wilson (http://www.gretchenwilson.com/); a jar of Concrete Bobˇ˝s homemade barbecue sauce.

Cooking with the Troops thanks everyone who submitted an entry to the contest. They were indeed outstanding, and reflected well on the cause and those submitting them. We also wish to thank our judges for their time and effort, and also all those who donated prizes for the contest.

Press Release 2010-2: Congressman Jim Marshall Joins National Advisory Board, More

Cooking with the Troops is pleased to announce that Congressman Jim Marshall (D, 8th District GA, http://jimmarshall.house.gov/) has joined it’s National Advisory Board. Congressman Marshall is well known for his support of veterans and active duty troops, and for his own service. In 1968 he left Princeton to enlist in the Army, where he volunteered for infantry combat in Vietnam, earning two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.

“We are extremely pleased to have Congressman Marshall join our National Advisory Board,” says C. Blake Powers, Chairman and CEO of Cooking with the Troops. “He brings a wealth of experience and an unwavering commitment to those who serve that will be a huge help to us as we grow.”

Representative Marshall joins LaNelle Geddes, Ph.D. (biophysics), former Head of the School of Nursing at Purdue, and Rick Calvert, CEO and Co-Founder of Blog World and New Media Expo as members of the Board. The National Advisory Board serves as a resource for the Board of Directors and Officers of Cooking with the Troops, providing a depth and breadth of experience that would otherwise be unavailable.

Cooking with the Troops is also pleased to announce that the IRS has granted our application to be a 501(c)(3) public charity. This means that all donations to the organization, retroactive to our incorporation on 16 April 2010 are now tax deductible. Cooking with the Troops wishes to thank the IRS for its prompt and courteous assistance with our application, and to thank those who began donating even before this status was given.

Finally, Cooking with the Troops is also pleased to announce that journalist Susan Katz Keating has agreed to serve as Director of Communications. In this role, she will be helping guide media activities and serve as a media point of contact for the organization. A longtime national security journalist and author, the former Washington Times reporter blogs at http://www.susankatzkeating.com, An Army veteran, she is affiliated with numerous organizations, including the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, and is a founding trustee for the Wartime Museum. She can be reached at skeatingATcwtt.org.

Press Release 2010-1: Art Contest for New Charity With A History

Not many new charities start life with experience and a proven track record and no logo, but Cooking with the Troops Inc. has done just that. Today sees the launch of a nationwide logo contest for a charity that has grown out of a program at Soldiers’ Angels, Cooking with the Wounded, and out of barbecues done for the last several years at Walter Reed by “Concrete” Bob Miller.

By combining these two efforts, and bringing in a strong commitment to culinary education and careers, the charity aims to support U.S. and Allied troops, their families, and caregivers. Their mission is simple: Provide aid, comfort, and support to US and Allied military troops and families by:

1. Providing a culinary change of pace for U.S. and Allied military personnel — particularly the wounded, injured, and ill — and medical caregivers
2. Providing educational resources, opportunities and transition assistance into food and beverage careers for those who serve
3. Gathering and sharing knowledge with and for troops on the front line and supporting same
4. Providing other direct and indirect assistance to support the care and well-being of U.S. and Allied military personnel and their families.

Like all new ventures, Cooking with the Troops needs many things. It’s 501(c)(3) application is filed, it has a bank account, and it even has a placeholder website (http://cwtt.org) up while its “real” site is in development. What it needs now is a logo.

The way it’s going to get it, however, is a bit different: they are holding a contest open to anyone to submit ideas for review by a panel of judges. The artwork that best exemplifies the program and its mission will become the logo of the organization. The full details, including specifications and deadlines, can be found at their website.

Prizes for the contest are coming from a variety of sources, including: The Spice House (http://www.thespicehouse.com/); author and knife maker Michael Z. Williamson (http://www.sharppointythings.com/index.php & http://www.michaelzwilliamson.com/); and, singer Gretchen Wilson (http://www.gretchenwilson.com/). Cooking with the Troops is continuing to work to add more to the prizes.

“Sometimes, when you are as close to this as we are,” says Bob Miller, who is both Vice Chairman of the Board and President, “You can’t see the forest for the trees. In this way, we get people with talent and vision who can see the big picture, and can show us how they see us and what we want to do.”

The contest will be judged by Chris Muir (http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/), Damon Shackelford (http://www.deltabravosierra.us/), and John Cox (http://johncoxart.com/). The contest will run until noon 25 June 2010, when judging will begin. The artwork submitted will be showcased on the web as the contest progresses, and prizes are being donated for the first, second, and third place winners.

“This has happened much faster than any of us anticipated,” laughs C. Blake Powers, who is serving as Chairman of the Board and CEO. “The original plan that came out of Patti’s suggestion that we become our own organization was to take 6-9 months, but things have moved in days to weeks, not months. ”

The Cooking with the Wounded program at Soldiers’ Angels grew out of a steak dinner cooked by Blake Powers at Landstuhl, which was dubbed “Cooking for the Wounded.” Given the strong desire on the part of some of the wounded to participate, the name was changed to “Cooking with the Wounded” when it became a formal program. The program has drawn a great deal of interest, and the idea to expand it came fairly quickly and the founder of Soldiers’ Angels, Patti Patton-Bader, was the first to suggest that it become its own program.

Bob Miller has been making BBQ sauce for more than 35 years and doing BBQs at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other facilities for more than five years. The barbecues grew out of frequent Friday night visits to Walter Reed for the ongoing Friday night rallies at the main gates to support the troops.

“Blake, as happens with many visionaries, has launched this very important mission for our heroes. ” says Patti-Patton Bader of Soldiers’ Angels. “It is wonderful to have a new strategic partner to work wingtip to wingtip to improve the quality of life for our defenders of freedom.”

Bringing the different efforts together not only answers a need, but allows it to be met in an effective, efficient, and delicious way.

“We are looking forward to the submissions, and to having people learn more about us,” says Mary Katharine Ham, who is serving as Secretary of the Board. “We’ve committed to doing four barbecues and three special food events at a minimum this year, and hope to do more with support from the public.”

http://cwtt.org

http://www.daybydaycartoon.com

http://www.deltabravosierra.us

http://johncoxart.com

http://www.thespicehouse.com/

http://www.michaelzwilliamson.com/

http://www.sharppointythings.com/index.php

http://www.gretchenwilson.com/

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