Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Tribute Dinner in Fredericton to benefit military families in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island

The True Patriot Love Foundation will be holding a tribute dinner in Fredericton, N.B., in October to raise funds for charities that support military families in N.B. and P.E.I. Attending the announcement on Friday in Fredericton were, from left to right: Colonel Michael Pearson, base commander, CFB Gagetown; New Brunswick premier Shawn Graham; Elisabeth Rybak, Canadian Forces Liaison Council chair for N.B. and event chair; federal revenue minister Keith Ashfield; Bob Bateman, Canadian Forces Liaison Council chair for P.E.I.; Julie Fotheringham, executive director, True Patriot Love Foundation.

The True Patriot Love Foundation will hold a major Tribute Dinner in Fredericton in October to benefit several military charities, including the Canadian Forces Benevolent Fund, the Military Family Resource Centres and the Wounded Warriors Fund. Funds raised will go toward helping military families and wounded soldiers in both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

The Foundation made the announcement last week at a news conference attended by dignitaries including Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway; New Brunswick premier Shawn Graham; Col. Michael Pearson, Base Commander of CFB Gagetown; Julie Fotheringham, executive director of the True Patriot Love Foundation; and Elisabeth Rybak, chair of this year’s event and provincial chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council.

The Tribute Dinner event will be held Thursday, October 28, at the Delta Fredericton Hotel with funds being raised through ticket sales, sponsorships and an auction of military helmets painted and decorated by local artists.

Minister Ashfield, who is also the Member of Parliament for the area that includes CFB Gagetown, the largest military training base in the Commonwealth, hopes the proceeds from the gala will ease the hardships faced by some military families and injured soldiers. “New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have long and storied military histories, and I’m sure we will step up to the plate to show these families and soldiers how much we care. Our entire country owes them our gratitude and support, especially when they have paid a heavy price.”

“New Brunswickers have always been strong supporters of our military and CFB Gagetown is a major economic engine for our province,” said Premier Graham. “Our compassion and support for these families and soldiers in need will definitely shine through and I’m positive the gala event will be a huge success. We’re here for them.”

Col. Pearson says that funds raised will have a direct positive impact on military families. “I’ve seen first-hand the tremendous pain that these families go through whether it is because of a soldier killed in action, a soldier who’s been injured and faces a long or life-long recuperation, or the challenge of constantly adjusting to new surroundings with multiple moves. While military life can be tremendously rewarding, we must also recognize that it isn’t always easy and that some soldiers and their families pay very dearly for their commitment to keeping Canada safe.”

The three charities that will benefit from funds raised at the October gala event are:

1) Canadian Forces Benevolent Fund: supports service personnel and/or spouses and the unique circumstances of military families when they face unforeseen financial difficulties.

2) Military Family Resource Centres: autonomous non-profit organizations that provide consistent services to all military families, including support groups for families, children’s activities and community integration programs.

3) Wounded Warriors Fund: supports all Canadian Forces members wounded on operations at the outset of their healing process. The fund aims to improve the general morale and welfare of the soldiers and their families.

“The True Patriot Love Foundation is excited to hold its first regional Tribute Dinner in Fredericton,” Foundation executive director Fotheringham said. “We are truly grateful to our supporters, because even heroes need heroes!”

“The success of this event will have a direct positive impact on the lives of military families in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island,” event chair Rybak said. “People can support Tribute Dinner 2010 in a number of ways, either by purchasing a ticket to attend, sponsoring the event, bidding on one of our helmets during the auction, or purchasing a family tree sculpture. We’re looking forward to seeing many people there.”

Tickets are $200 each and are available now by calling 1-877-990-0949 or by visiting the True Patriot Love Foundation website at www.tpl-nbpei.com. For information on sponsoring the event or the helmet auction, call Elisabeth Rybak at 506-962-0802.

About True Patriot Love Foundation

True Patriot Love Foundation (TPLF) was founded in 2009 by a group of citizens who want to make a positive contribution to the lives of Canadian military personnel and their families – to serve those who serve on behalf of our nation. The Foundation has grown through generous contributions from patriotic Canadians, corporations and other organizations.

TPLF supports funds and charities dedicated to supporting the Canadian Military and their families. Through these charities and funds, we are able to help families quickly reunite in times of illness, injury and death, access rehabilitation and counselling related to injury-induced life adjustments and support the needs of the children of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and our fallen comrades. Our funding complements and enhances, but does not replace, existing public and non-public programs. EVEN HEROES NEED HEROES.

For more information, please contact:

Julie Fotheringham

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