Denny Shupe Helps Raise Funds for Liberty USOOn April 5, 2009 by Schnader in News
The chair of Schnader’s Litigation Services Department, Denny Shupe, recently served on the committee that coordinated and produced “The First Annual Rock the Troops Benefit Concert” supporting the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey (“Liberty USO”). Mr. Shupe is a former Chairman of the Board of the Liberty USO.
The event – held Sunday, April 5 at P.J. Whelihan’s Pub in Cherry Hill, New Jersey – featured Blackthorn, a world renowned Irish band that has been performing and recording for more than 17 years, and attendees included Major General Glenn Reith, New Jersey Adjutant General; Jon Runyan and David Akers of the Philadelphia Eagles; Vince Papale and Garry Cobb, former Philadelphia Eagles; Adam Taliaferro, a former Penn State Nittany Lion football player; Congressman John Adler of the 3rd District of New Jersey; Assemblyman Jack Connors of the 7th District of New Jersey; Cheryl Elias, a reporter with KYW News Radio 1060; Kevin Walsh of Comcast Sports; Jill Horner of Comcast Newsmakers and former Miss New Jersey 2000; and Ashley Fairfield, reigning Miss New Jersey.
All proceeds from the event will go to support the work of the Liberty USO, whose work is supported solely by donations and sponsorships as the organization receives no public funding. The Liberty USO serves the region’s active duty, National Guard and reserve military and their families at a newly renovated, state of the art facility at the Philadelphia International Airport, and at centers located at Fort Dix-McGuire Air Force Base, the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base at Willow Grove, and Fort Indiantown Gap. During 2008 alone, the Liberty USO served the needs of more than 144,000 service personnel and their families, by assisting and hosting traveling military personnel and their families at Philadelphia International Airport and staffing the center there, which offers various amenities including travel assistance, a cafÃ©, computer lab, sleeping quarters, a children’s care area, and theater area.
Other USO programs offered in Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey include meeting and seeing off members of the armed forces who are deploying or returning from overseas, the Helping Hand program, which provides emergency assistance with heating, electricity and other utilities or bills associated with housing for families who experience a shortfall due to a deployment, Liberty Cares Food Vouchers, which provide grocery vouchers to assist families trying to make ends meet due to reduced circumstances while the reservist or Guardsman is activated, and Operation CommuniquÃ©, which provides phone cards to troops and their family members to keep them in touch with one another during separations.
For more information, or to make donations to support the local USO programs, visit the organization’s website: http://www.libertyuso.org/.