Event Photos

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AUGUST, 2014 – DELIVERIES FROM SCOUTS AND VETS

Eagle Scout candidate Joseph Janouch delivered 801 lbs of items to OSOT America on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

Girl Scout Troop 858 of Naperville delivered some cookies and a banner to the warehouse on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

The girls stayed for a tour and made some cards for the troops.

The Veterans of Lake Barrington Shores brought in a collection of over 1,200 lbs!

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JULY 19, 2014 – ROCKIN’ FOR THE TROOPS:  PHOTOS BY BILL ARCHER

              Photos taken by Bill Archer.  To see a complete (over 230 pictures) slideshow of his photos from the concert, Click Here

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JULY 4, 2014 – FOREST LAKE RUN FOR THE TROOPS

Forest Lake Run for the Troops was held on July 4.  Thanks to all their efforts they raised over $2,800 for OSOT-America. Sandi Copolillo graciously attended the event and spoke to the group about all we do.  Because of groups such as this we are able to continue our mission of serving our active military, veterans, and their families.

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JUNE 16, 2014 – ALL VETERAN PARACHUTE GROUP VISIT

On June 16 Mike Elliott & the All Veteran Parachute Group was in town. OSOT-America members, volunteers, VFW friends, & supporters came out to welcome them to our community. Mike and his group were the vets that did the jump with President George H. W. Bush for his 90th birthday & jumped into Normandy on Friday, June 6 for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The All Veteran Group will be the ones jumping into Rockin’ For The Troops. Thank you All Veteran Group!

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MAY 26, 2014 – DOWNERS GROVE AND NAPERVILLE MEMORIAL DAY PARADES

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 MAY 17, 2014 – WINDY CITY GOATS CAR SHOW

Thank you to all the members who came out to support the Windy City Goats GTO Car Club. Proceeds from the show and their 50/50 raffle came to OSOT-America.  As part of their show, OSOT-America members and volunteers voted on their favorite car.  Rob Hurts with his 1970 453 Chevelle won!

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MAY 1, 2014 – ROCKIN’ FOR THE TROOPS KICKOFF!

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APRIL, 2014 – COMCAST CARES DAYS

Again this year Comcast choose to partner with us for their annual Cares Days. Comcast employees at their Elmhurst and McCook locations packed over 400 boxes to be shipped to our troops.  Thank you Comcast!

 

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APRIL, 2014 – SEWING FOR THE TROOPS:  QUAD CITIES SEWING ANGELS

The Quad Cities Sewing Angels from the Moline,IL and Davenport, IA area have been sewing for the troops and OSOT-America since 2012.  To date they have sewn 14 blankets, 687 stockings, 746 neck coolers and 910 pillow cases. OSOT-America members Bob and Bernie Slowinski drive to Moline once a month to help out and pickup these items. Material for the stockings, blankets and pillow cases is all donated by the “Quad Cities Sewing Angels”. Mary Landwehr, of the group, has also donated over 200 beanie babies for our stocking program.

Thank you Sewing Angels for your hard work and dedication.

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APRIL 11 – 12, 2014 – JEWEL SHOP N DROP DELIVERY, VOLUNTEERS AT FOX VALLEY’S SPRING FLING

The Jewel donation has started to come in! On Friday April 11th, we received the first truck, over 16,000 lbs.!

This past weekend OSOT-America was invited to be part of Fox Valley Mall's Spring Fling. OSOT America members Kim Evans, John & Kathy Drinkwater

Mall goers signed a banner, wrote cards, and children colored pictures for our troops.

Shoppers were excited to hear about Rockin' For The Troops and all that OSOT-America does for our troops.

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 APRIL 10, 2014 – MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT ALLEN J. LYNCH VISIT

Al took time to pack a couple of boxes for our military serving now.

A message to a hero from a hero

On Thursday April 10th, we had a very special visit from one of our country's Heroes, Allen J Lynch, Medal of Honor recipient. Thank you Al for all you have done for our country!

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APRIL 5-6, 2014 – SHOP N DROP AT OLD NAVY

Shop & Drop at Old Navy last weekend was a success! We collected over 42 POUNDS  and $43. Thank you to the volunteers that helped out with this event.

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MARCH 29-30, 2014 – SHOP N DROP AT JEWEL-OSCO STORES

Our deep appreciation to all OSOT-America volunteers, their families and friends for being present at the many Jewel stores throughout the area on March 29th and 30th.

A special thank you to all Jewel employees that volunteered for the event on their day off, all companies, scout groups, churches, and military veterans groups that helped by volunteering at a Jewel Store near them.

Our shelves will again be filled with needed items after this event. It could not have happened without the help of many supporters. Thank you for your efforts on behalf of this Shop and Drop and your continued efforts and support of our many troops still serving in harms way. We let them know that America has NOT Forgotten by continuing to send them comfort boxes monthly.

OSOT America member Cindy Kolnick with the items collected at the LaGrange Park Jewel

Jewel Store 3265 in LaGrange Park

OSOT America member Joyce Roberts at the Jewel store in Plainfield (135th and Rt 59)

Bolingbrook Jewel - Osco was all set up and signed to go!

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MARCH 8, 2014 – ST. RITA K OF C DONATION AND MARCH 15, 2014 – ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Thank you to all of our members who came out to walk in the parade on Saturday. Though it was cold, the sun was shining!   And a special “Thank you” to Boy Scout Troop 181 from Downers Grove and NCL (National Charity League) from Naperville for supporting us and walking with us, and to Fred McEwen for the letting us use his SUV in the parade. Without friends like all of you OSOT America could not do what we do so well!

On March 8th, Dave & Denise Haskell presented OSOT America with a check for $1,500 from the St Rita Knights of Columbus.  From 2005-2013 Saint Rita Knights of Columbus Council 7624 has given OSOT America a total of $13,062.88. A big thank you to the Haskell’s for keeping those donations coming our way!

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MARCH 2, 2014 – OSOT – AMERICA ANNUAL MEETING

OSOT-America honored several organizations and individuals this past weekend at our Annual Meeting. Special thanks to Grainger, Napa Auto Parts, Chicago Firefighters Local 2, College of DuPage, Hugh Boesetnd of Midas, and Faith Stachnik of Jewel for their dedication and commitment to OSOT-America, America’s military serving, their families, and returning veterans. We appreciate all they have done.

We would like to thank St. Margaret Mary Church for hosting our Annual Meeting. And a special thanks to their volunteers, Linda, Winnie, George, Steve, Martha, and Carol who set up and made sure all went smoothly with the meeting.

Faith Statnik accepting an appreciation plaque for Jewel Osco at the OSOT America annual meeting. Faith, her husband Mike, and Betty Krupp.

Veterans Network of McHenry County names OSOT America as Veterans Organization of the year. Accepting the plaque at the annual meeting from Randy Granath.

 

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FEBRUARY, 2014 – EAGLE PROJECT

Thank you Andrew and the scouts of Troop 352

 

Andrew Olp, a boy scout from Troop 352 in Glen Ellyn, recently did a collection for OSOT America as his Eagle Project. Andrew collected over 440 lbs of items for the troops.

 

 

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JANUARY, 2014 – THANKS!!

 

 

 

 

 

Prairie Elementary School in Naperville sent this in with their Veterans Day donation. THANKS Prairie Elementary!   In November 2012 we received a donation of over 5,000 Crunchers. We started sending them out with the Christmas Stockings that year, still had more. The packing volunteers have been putting them into all boxes and on January 25, 2014 the last of them have been packed! Way to go!

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DECEMBER 14, 2013 – WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

Some of our volunteers went to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood IL to place the wreaths this past weekend.

OSOT-America sponsored "Wreaths Across America" and gave 100 wreaths for placements on fallen servicemen and women.

 

 

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DECEMBER, 2013 – DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS

(Picture 1):  JA Frate brought their donation in on Saturday 12/7. Thanks to all of them up north for this generous donation of 12,597 lbs and over $7,000!

(Picture 2):  Thank you to our friends at North American for coming out Saturday, December 7th to help with sorting and bagging. We appreciate all you did!

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NOVEMBER, 2013 – DONATIONS

JA Frate along with Chemtool are hosting their Fall drive. The weekend of November 23rd, volunteers from both companies were out in the cold collecting for OSOT-America.

Along with the product and cash collections they are also doing a 50/50 raffle and various other raffles within their companies.

 

 

 

 

 

The week of November 17th, OSOT-America delivered gifts to Veterans organizations in the area.  Stocking went to Fisher House and House 53 at Hines and lap quilts went to Hines SCI Unit.

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NOVEMBER, 2013 – SOME GREAT COLLECTIONS

(Picture 1)  Cub Scout Pack 196 from Carol Stream and American Legion Post 76 in Wheaton wrapped up their collection on Friday at their Pack Night. The scouts collected 302 lbs. The activities for the night centered around our troops, the highlights with the uniform and vest Kevin Krause provided with hands on for the boys. The families signed letters and cards along with a banner that will be shipped with the stockings November 21st.  (Picture 2)  Thank you Naperville School District 203! Their collection brought in 3,370 lbs, plus cards, letters, iTunes cards, and an awesome video. We appreciate all your students and families.   (Picture 3)  2013 is the 4th year that District 300 schools have been collecting for OSOT America. This year’s collection totaled 5,050 lbs for the troops! Thanks to the 26 schools in District 300 for their support.  (Picture 4) Oswego Quilting Club donated lap blankets for our Veterans at Hines. These blankets will be delivered to Hines and House 53 along with stockings in the coming week.

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NOVEMBER 9 -10, 2013 – SHOP AND DROP AT LOCAL JEWEL STORES

OSOT America member Joan Mather at the Jewel on 75th St

OSOT America member Bob Beck at the Jewel on 75th St

OSOT America member Bill Archer at the Jewel on 75th

 

OSOT America members Kelly Sebold and Nancy Anderson at the Jewel on Washington St

Donna Perchatsch at the Jewel on Washington St

A beautiful weekend and generous shoppers resulted in 2,084 lbs of donations for our troops!The Jewel at 75th St collected $575.64 and the Jewel at Washington collected $913.18 for a total of $1,488.82.

These cash donations will be used later to purchase products from Jewel when our inventory is depleted.

THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who came out to help at the event.

Special thanks to Deb Wolfe and Angie Mrozinski for being team leaders and to Diane Jelen for securing a Penske truck to hold our bounty.

OSOT America members Jean Lewis and Angie Mrozinski at the Jewel on Washington St

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NOVEMBER, 2013 – KAWANIS CLUB DONATION AND PUMPKIN PALOOZA CONTEST

For several years now the Naperville Evening Kiwanis have been donating their Kiwanis peanuts to OSOT America to include in our packages. These little bags serve well to fill the nooks and crannies in the boxes.
 On Saturday November 2, 2013, the Kiwanis brought in 39 cases (4 small boxes per case). That’s over 15,000 packets of peanuts! This partnership is special to group because many of their members are veterans. THANK YOU Naperville Evening Kiwanis for your support.

Pumpkin Palozza – We won! OSOT-America’s pumpkin won at the Growing Place. Thank you to all of our members who voted for Snoopy and to all the Growing Place employees that worked so hard on this for us. Our pumpkin was sold for $300, with that, tthe donations received, and the Growing Place contribution OSOT-America will receive $712 to support our programs.

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NOVEMBER 2, 2013 – 250 BOXES ON THE WAY TO OUR WELL DESERVING TROOPS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another truckload of care and comfort on its way to the troops courtesy of all of you who care so much. Great work today OSOT volunteers!

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OCTOBER, 2013 –  DARIEN-WOODRIDGE FD OPEN HOUSE & OSOT AMERICA WINS HERTZ 24/7 GIVE & GO CONTEST

Many have been asking, it’s official now. OSOT America won the Hertz 24/7 Give + Go contest! Our organization will be featured on the Give + Go car. Thanks to all that voted.  The first hour of every rental of the Give + Go car in Chicago will be donated to OSOT America with a guarantee of $10,000!

This past Saturday, October 5, 2013,  the Darien/Woodridge Fire District had their open house. OSOT-America was there to show their support for the community. Banners and pictures were colored to be shipped in the boxes.

 

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 SEPTEMBER, 2013 – LITTLE SMOKE EVENT & CAN TOPS

Can Tops:  the total is 255 pounds x 140 per pound = $35,700 in donations from Miller/Coors Corporate to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association (IAVA) and Operation Homefront which helps out families of deployed Soldiers. Thanks to all of our members that saved their can tops and brought them to the warehouses. Our troops benefit from your efforts. Keep saving them, let’s see if we can increase the total for next year!

 

The Little Smoke event that was held last Fri evening, 9/27 was a big success. There were about 100 participants enjoying the great weather and supporting military based charities. Thanks to all that came out to show your support.

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SEPTEMBER, 2013 – STALLIONS GATE MUSTANG CLUB

Stallions Gate Mustang Club has selected OSOT America as their official charity.  On Sept 7th, Haggerty Ford sponsored an event for the club.

Jeff Swanson presented a check from the club for $2,000.

This was double the check from last year. Haggerty also supports OSOT America with an in kind donation of cars at our ROCKIN’ concert.

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SEPTEMBER, 2013 – EAGLE SCOUT COLLECTION

Gregory Biggio of Tinley Park Boy Scout Troop 360 chose to collect for OSOT America for his Eagle Project. The collection was 1600 pounds! Thank you Gregory for thinking of our troops.

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AUGUST, 2013 – HARLEY WINNER AT TOBY KEITH’S

Thanks to Town and Country Beverage and Miller Highlife for their donation of a brand new Harley that was raffled off last Thursday at Toby Keith’s. Over $10,000 was raised for OSOT America.
And thanks to thanks to all the members that came out to sell tickets and support the raffle.

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AUGUST 12, 2013 – NAPERVILLE ROTARY CLUB GOLF FUNDRAISER

Naperville Rotary hosted a golf outing at Spring Brook Golf Club in Naperville on Monday. All proceeds benefit Operation Support Our Troops-America. We would like to thank the Naperville Rotary club members and all of their guests for their support in our cause.

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JULY 20, 2013 – ROCKIN’ FOR THE TROOPS

There are more photos of the concert available and displayed on the Rockin’ 2013 website:  www.rockinforthetroops.org or Click Here to view a complete Shutterfly slideshow of Rockin’ photos taken by Bill Archer.

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JUNE 23, 2013 – CRUISIN’ FOR THE TROOPS

Thanks to all who came out to Cruisin’ for the Troops last Sunday. Not only did we get to see some great cars but almost $3,000 was raised for OSOT America. Special thanks to Bruce Petrie of Napa Auto Parts and our Midas friends who sponsored this great event. Look for the car show winners at Rockin where they will be competing for the “Rockin” Cup!

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JUNE, 2013 – THANKS TO DONORS

Left Photo:  Glenview baseball teams did a Salute to the Troops event. One of the teams delivered 720 lbs to OSOT America on Saturday. Thank you Glenview Baseball.  Right Photo:  Thanks to the students of Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake for organizing a fundraiser for OSOT America. The event was held during lunch periods with students being able to dunk their teachers. They raised over $400.

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JUNE 1, 2013 – WELCOME TO THE ARMY

On May 13th, one of our members, Anthony Netzel, went to the Army Medical Recruiting Station in Westchester to be sworn in. His brother, 1LT Andrew Netzel, was in Afghanistan, so they used Facetime in order for Andy to administer the oath. Anthony will attend Midwestern University Medical School under the Health Professions Scholarship Program. Congratulations 2LT Netzel!
As a result of that day, the soldiers there learned about OSOT America from Anthony’s mom (and member) Aleida. They were very interested to know that so close by was an organization to support the troops. On Saturday, June 1st, several of them made the trip to visit our warehouses.

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MAY 27, 2013 – NAPERVILLE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Thanks to all our members that came out to show their support for OSOT America at the Naperville Memorial Day Parade.

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MAY 2, 2013 – DONATION FROM LIONS CLUB

District Chair Lion Gail Anton and Lions Governor Austin D'Souza present the check to Annette & Joyce

Annette and Joyce were guests recently at the cabinet meeting of the District 1-A Lions Club. Before dinner they were presented with a check for $600 for OSOT America. As a service project last year, the Lions collected items for our troops and donated them to our organization to ship. After hearing more about the organization, the entire group committed to helping OSOT America in the future.

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APRIL 29, 2013 – ROCKIN’ 2013 KICKOFF

Thanks to all who came out for the Rockin’ kickoff which was a great success! Special thanks to College of Dupage for hosting and our kickoff team, Betty Krupp, Sue Liston and Linda Tuisl for their hard work and to the Kimo Williams band for a great performance! Photos courtesy Corey Minkanic.

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 APRIL 13, 2013 – SEARS VOLUNTEERS

On Saturday, April 13, 2013,  a group of about 25 volunteers from Sears came into the spare warehouse (F) to sort the Jewel collection. They were ready to go at 9 am and sorted 13 pallets, by noon they were done. Thank you to all our Sears volunteers for the day! With their help we will be able to do another special pack to get Jewel product out to all our troops in harms way quickly.

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APRIL 8, 2013 – GUNS 7 HOSES NIGHT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all OSOT America members who came out to the Guns & Hoses hockey game. Without you it would not have been such a success. We raised over $1,500 from the raffle! The raffle included 3 Blackhawk jerseys, a computer, 2 Chicago Steel packages, and a Blackhawk child’s jersey. The amount from the ticket sales are not all in, we received $3 for each ticket sold that night.

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 MARCH 16, 2013 – NAPERVILLE ST.PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Thank you for all who came out and braved the cold, and snow on Saturday for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. A good time was had by all handing out candy and flyers promoting OSOT America and Rockin’ for the Troops. It was great seeing our flags flying and members smiling.

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MARCH, 2013 – SHOP N DROPS AT ALL CHICAGOLAND JEWEL STORES

First delivery from Jewel Osco collected throughout Chicagoland the weekend of March16th. 28,000 pounds and that's just the first truck! We will be taking good care of our troops thanks to Jewel and Chicagoans! Hats off to Betty and crew that coordinated this event. And thanks to everyone that worked the event, shopped at the Jewel stores, or helped spread the word!

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DECEMBER, 2012 – DOINGS AT THE WAREHOUSES

OSOT America member Marsha Viktora dropped off a flag that her son TSGT Tim Viktora flew in Afghanistan. Tim returned to his base in Oklahoma on Friday, his parents are heading down to see him. Welcome home Tim!

Boy Scout Troop 181 offered their assistance in wrapping 200 gifts to our G&P neighbors, the Ray Graham Association. The clients there include the daughter of one of our members, Ron Belanger. These generous neighbors have helped OSOT America in the past with bagging our surplus candy.

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DECEMBER, 2012 – JA FRATE COLLECTION FOR THE TROOPS

 

 

 

Thanks to JA Frate, Jim Athens and Chemtool, Dan Dreher from American Community Bank, the Patriot Guard and ALL OF OUR FRIENDS in McHenry County for the amazing collection they brought in December 8th. While we don’t have an exact weight yet, the amount filled almost two 53 foot semis and will keep us sending to our troops for a while!

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NOVEMBER, 2012 – STALLION GATE MUSTANG CLUB

 

 

 

 

The Stallion Gate Mustang Club presented to Betty Krupp and OSOT America $1,000 check and 270 lbs of donated items for our Comfort Boxes.   And 14 members left the Nov. 10th meeting wearing their new OSOT America T- shirts they had just purchased.   A very special group who supported us throughout the year. Thank you Jeff Swanson, the Club’s President as well as all the members for your support and efforts on behalf of our troops serving in harms way.

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NOVEMBER, 2012 – HEALING FIELDS

Thank you to all who helped to make Healing Field a spectacular success.  If anyone would still like to purchase a flag, we will have them available in the warehouse.  They make great Christmas presents for family members or co workers!   Click here to view more awesome photos of the Healing Field of Honor.

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SEPTEMBER, 2012 – CONGRESSMAN VISIT/DONATION FROM THE RENTAL PLACE

Congressman Peter Roskam visited the OSOT America operations. In addition to touring our facility, he spent time talking with some of our members and addressing their concerns.*

Pictured is Jim with our member and Rockin' Logistics Chair, Bob Bohr.

 

We would like to extend a special thanks to Jim Caracciola of The Rental Place. Not only does Jim and his team do a great job of supplying and installing of our tents and other rental needs for Rockin’ but they recently made a $2500 donation to OSOT America.

 

*Please note:  ”OSOT-America shall not participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public offices.”

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JULY 21, 2012 – ROCKIN’ FOR THE TROOPS

Here are a few of the photos taken at the 2012 Rockin’ For The Troops concert.  These were taken by OSOT America volunteer, Bill Archer.  These pictures as well as some great photos by Jim Owiecki and Candace Beckwith are posted on our Rockin’ website (www.rockinforthetroops.org).  For a direct link to the Rockin’ Photo section, Click Here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JULY, 2012 – RAMP UP FOR ROCKIN’ FOR THE TROOPS

 

 

 

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MEMORIAL DAY 2012 – CHICAGO PARADE

OSOT America board member, Col. Greg Perchatsch and his wife Donna

OSOT America's treasurer, Tom Evans and his wife Lauren (US Navy retired)

Greg with two members whose husbands are currently deployed, Linda Tuisl and Jen Nelson

 

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MEMORIAL DAY 2012 – NAPERVILLE PARADE


Was a little warm, but nothing like the heat our troops are experiencing!  Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out to support our troops and remember our fallen on Memorial Day.

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FAMILY RESOURCE & SUPPORT TEAM (FRST) MEETING

Mark Reynolds did a great job educating us about the Marines. We had a Marine Viet Nam Vet, Parents of a Gulf War Marine, Gold Star Marine Family Iraq War, along with other FRST members.   Also we learned:
-As of June 2011, 200,827 active duty Marines; 40,000 Reserve
-Semper Fidelis motto adopted in 1883
-Mascot English Bulldog
-Colors Scarlet and Gold
-Emblem Eagle Globe and Anchor
-Current Commandant General James F. Amos

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ROCKIN’ FOR THE TROOPS KICKOFF

 

 

 

On May 3, 2012, OSOT America kicked off the 7th Annual Rockin’ for the Troops Concert season at Navistar Defense in Lisle.  As in the past, volunteers, Corporate and Military Partners joined with Gary Sinise to launch our biggest fundraiser.  For more photos and video, please click here to visit our Rockin’ website.   Click on the Rockin’ Press tab after linking to this page on the website.

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FAMILY RESOURCE & SUPPORT TEAM (FRST) MEETING

Cecily Schinelli did a wonderful job teaching us about the Navy.  She also was able to share pictures of her Dad during his service and said she was able to hear stories from him that she had never heard to help her with her “assignment” for FRST.

Also we learned:

NAVAIR  Means: Naval Air Systems Command
LANTCOM:  Atlantic Command
NSWG: Naval Special Warfare Group
SEAL stands for:  Sea, Air, Land  Officially Special Warfare Operators.

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SHIRT SALES

BMO Harris had six branches wearing "our" green on March 17th (Streamwood branch is pictured)

Special thanks to these members for really promoting the “Wearing of the green” by selling America has NOT forgotten shirts.   Sara Plackett has sold over $700.00.   Lenore King over $500.00.  Kelly Johnson and the Naperville Lacrosse team  over $500.00.

One of our sponsors, BMO Harris, also sold shirts to their employees at six branch locations.  Thanks to Marisol for spearheading that effort.

Wonderful!!!   And thank you to all who have purchased and sold these shirts to get the word out, AMERICA HAS NOT FORGOTTEN!  Shirts are still available in both long and short sleeves.

Click Here to visit our eBay store!

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SPECIAL THANKS

Thank you, Deborah!

We appreciate the efforts of our volunteers that work inside of our warehouses. We are especially proud of those that serve our troops in ways they can outside the warehouse.

The volunteer (Deborah Johnson) pictured recently brought in 240 neck coolers (which she had bagged and included the directions) for the troops.

And this is not the first time she’s delivered neck coolers. Another volunteer, Anita Hargett, has sewn many of the neck coolers we’ve shipped over the years.

Thank you ladies, as the temperatures rise in Afghanistan, our troops will know that Operation Support Our Troops America has NOT forgotten them!

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“THE LUCKY ONE” SCREENING

Thank you to the ladies (and gentleman) that made it out to the prescreening of The Lucky One April 3, 2012 and thank you to Warner Brothers for the invite. It was a perfect mix of action, comedy and dramatic love story that had you hooked from start to finish. I think our group all winced a little when the cop called the Marine a “soldier boy,” because we know this is a common error. A Soldier is someone in the Army and a Marine is called a Marine.

http://youtu.be/c2kRvl1yn3I

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TRAVELING MILLIONTH POUND BOX

During the last week of March, 2012, our 1M pound box traveled to Rockford when OSOT America members Dave & Denise Haskell and Ed & Gerri McMahon showed it to one of our faithful supporters, the members of the St Rita’s Knights of Columbus. The St Rita’s Ladies donate small crosses for us to include in our packages. Dave also took the box to another great supporter, GKN where they added items to the box. The community relations committee there also did a collection for OSOT America.

When Dave & Denise delivered the 1M box, they also brought a check from St Rita’s for $2000. Since 2005, St Rita’s Knights of Columbus has donated over $10,000 to OSOT America!

 

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NAPERVILLE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE – MARCH 17, 2012

A beautiful day was joined by beautiful people in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Naperville.  As always, members of Operation Support Our Troops America participated in the event.  This year they brought the One Million Pound package that will eventually be sent to a fortunate Service Member . . . after it makes it’s travels.

 

 

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OPERATION SUPPORT OUR TROOPS ~ AMERICA ANNUAL MEETING

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ONE MILLION POUNDS PACKED BY OPERATION SUPPORT OUR TROOPS ~ AMERICA!

During the Annual Meeting of Operation Support Our Troops America on March 4, 2012, members learned that volunteers for the nonprofit organization had packed the one millionth pound on March 3. For nine years, the group has collected donated items to send in “Comfort Packages” to American military deployed overseas.  In the 2nd photo, Michelle Kurtz, a member of the marketing team for Operation Support Our Troops America, came up with the idea to take the box that represented the one millionth pound of care items on tour. For the next nine weeks until the kick-off event on May 4 to promote Rockin’ for the Troops (July 21 at Cantigny), the well-packed box will make the rounds. One of its first public appearances will be with the OSOT America entry in the WSI St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17 in downtown Naperville.  In the 3rd photo, Betty Krupp Betty Krupp showed the t-shirt with the logo for “America has NOT forgotten,” one of many items in the Confort Package.

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FRY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

On February 10, 2012, OSOT America Vice President Betty Krupp spoke to K – 5 Grade students (14 classes altogether) at the Fry Elementary School in Naperville.   The students help support the Troops by giving a 260 lb collection and making a  ”We Love Our Troops” banner.  The kids all signed the banner.  Here are some photos:

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OSOT AMERICA SHOP and DROP

Our first Shop and Drop of the year on Super Bowl Saturday (February 4, 2012).  The girls are from the St. Charles Track Team which Heidi coaches. There are also some kids from the Wabaunsee Criminal Justice Club and Kane County Bar Assoc. members.  Photos by Joe Heinrich.

 

 

 

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HINES/FISHER HOUSE VISIT

Several members of OSOT America visited Hines Hospital on December 5, 2011 to assist Sodexo in handing out Christmas cards made by children to the patients.  Next the group went to the Fisher House where the Sodexo employees prepared  and served a meal for the families staying there.  Before the dinner was served, there was a short presentation to thank OSOT America. President Deb Rickert accepts a plaque on behalf of OSOT America

 

 

 

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FALL DRIVE DELIVERY

On Saturday December 3, 2011, at MB Financial Bank in Lemont, over 4,000 lbs of donations were delivered by Joe Alger and the JA Frate truck.  A few hearty motorcycle riders accompanied them.  The N. IL Warriors Watch Riders escorted this truck and helped load it up with all the comfort care packages that will go to our troops overseas. Thanks to MB Bank, JA Frate and all who helped in this great effort!

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ARMY TEN MILER

OSOT America’s president, Deb Rickert ran in the Army Ten Miler on Sunday, October 9, 2011.  Her son David also accepted a last minute invitation to participate. Both were honored to be a part of the Navistar Defense Team, which also included Gen Stanley McChrystal. Congratulations to all for a successful finish!

In addition to running on the Navistar Team, the OSOT crew was busy meeting and talking with families and other military representatives. Some of the highlights include a tour of Bethesda and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, visitng two wounded troops/families from Illinois and meeting and talking with Gen Odierno. It was hard work for the entire team who went – Barb, Deb and Dawn. Special thanks to Michelle Kurtz for her help in preparing the booth materials.

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PARK DISTRICT YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUES

On Sunday, September 11, 2011, Kerry Grassini, one of our OSOT America Members (whose son is in Afghanistan) organized an 18 Park District collection in Shabbona Park. So far 5 Park Districts have brought in 1,450 lbs of items. Other Park Districts are all anxious to participate.  The event commemorated 9/11, helped collect letters and goodies for the Troops, had the US Army and the USMC represented and even had a football game!  A good turnout and a lot of stuff was collected for the Troops!  Click Here to see more photos from this great event!

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WAREHOUSE VOLUNTEERS

Radio 94.7 asked all Rockin’ for the Troops concert goers to sign a banner. On Saturday, September 10, 2011, members at all three OSOT America locations took a quick break to pose for a picture with these banners. Because these banners so inspired us, we wanted to share them with the troops, so they will be packed in our boxes and sent off to our heroes serving in harm’s way!

The Sorting Warehouse Volunteers

The Packing Warehouse Volunteers

And the OSOT America Elves!!

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2011 NAPERVILLE LAST FLING

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2nd ANNUAL KYLE WRIGHT MEMORIAL BENEFIT

The Rat Riders and Mugz’s Hideout in Channahon hosted the 2nd Annual Kyle Wright Memorial Benefit on Sat, Aug 27th. OSOT America is humbled to benefit from the generosity of the Wright Family and the sponsors of this event.

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2011 NAPERVILLE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE