Operation Ward 57 Update – June 13th, 2007

Operation Ward 57 LogoHi Everyone,

SO MUCH HAS BEEN GOING ON TO GET THE WARD 57 PROGRAM UP ANDRUNNING,
Here is the amazing update for you. (Get your credit cards and check books out now 😉

Ward 57 of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC is a 40 bed unit which provides 24 hour nursing care for patients who have lost a limb or worse in combat come to heal. http://www.wramc.army.mil/departments/nursing/sections/sns/wd57.html

NEWS FROM THE WARD
Sgt. Cameron reports that even though his request for a stapler got turned down a few weeks ago (no I’m not kidding) ….he is making some positive changes on the Ward. If he still doesn’t have a stapler, we will send five from the money raised. He has shown the newsletter and website to other nurses and patients and they can’t believe the amount of support you’ve shown and send you all a huge THANK YOU!

MOVIE TIME
Sitting in a hospital room for months and while their limbs heal is painful and boring. One of the first purchases will be DVD players and movies for the patients’ rooms if we don’t get them donated first. So clean out your DVD collection and upgrade your player, the patients really really want to watch movies. Mail them to the address below.

THE T-SHIRTS WILL BE HERE FRIDAY
THE FIRST batch of Ward 57 Ts will be arriving this Friday, June 15th!! All shapes and sizes are available. Thank you to Brian and Rick of TeeFX in New York for printing these and donating a portion of the shipping costs. They promise they are top quality!

Mail your check in to:
Think Big Foundation
835 S. Rose Street, Seattle, WA 98108

OR….

PURCHASE Ts WITH A CREDIT CARD
You don’t need a PayPal account to pay by credit or debit card. Go to www.thinkbigfoundation.com and click on the links to purchase. CALL ME if you have any troubles and I’ll help you through it or enter the info in for you. 206.829.9822. A very special thank you to Stuart Wyatt and Indra Newlight for getting this system and website activated.

MAKE CASH DONATIONS
If you want to give $10 extra bucks or $1,000 you can do it right on the website.

MUSICIANS ARE SUPPORTING WARD 57!
On Friday night, May 25th at the NW Folklife Festival, Vassili, lead singer for the world music super-group, Children of the Revolution was the first artist to hold up the Ward 57 T (prototype) in front of 4,000 screaming fans and encourage them all to buy one. THANKS COTR!!! www.myspace.com/cotrmusic

HED PE WILL WEAR THE SHIRT ON TOUR!
Hailing from Orange County, California, HED p.e. fuse the local sounds of the area punk revival scene with G-funk-inflected hip-hop, a sound the band tagged “G-punk.” HED PE has been described by Rolling Stone as “the one rare metal act willing to admit that good times actually exist,” The Los Angeles-based group has sold over 700,000 albums since the release of their first EP in 1995. Known to be road-dogs, the band has toured with some of the biggest acts in music including Metallica, Slayer, Korn, The Deftones, Linkin Park, P.O.D., Slipknot and many more.

Not only is the band going to wear the shirt on the Strange Noize tour with the Kottonmouth Kings & Tech N9ne, but they are going to talk it up AND arrange 20 guest passes for soldiers come to the show in each city and put a link on their website!!! THANKS GUYS FOR SUPPORTIN’ THE CAUSE!

A SPECIAL THANKS TO DOUG COX, OWNER OF POSTERGIANT for being the FIRST company to put the Ward 57 link on their website (making everyone he knows buy a shirt) AND hooking us up with HED PE, www.postergiant.net MR. COX RAWKS!

ACOUSTIC GRAMMY WINNING ARTISTS
Tingstad and Rumbel will also be sporting the shirt at their concerts! www.myspace.com/tingstadrumbel. Thanks Eric and Nancy; you rawk too in a mellow way : )

INDIE MUSICIANS
Singer-songwriter Tiger Zane and Seattle-based Rockers, Buzzfactor will be among the first indie artists to sport the shirt on Seattle stages. Tiger says she is planning a benefit concert too! www.myspace.com/tigerzane, www.myspace.com/buzzfactor SWEET.

BE WARD 57’s FRIEND ON MYSPACE
Yes, join up now! www.myspace.com/ward57
Put the Ward in your TOP FRIENDS and make your friends buy a shirt, please.

CELEBRITY POKER NIGHT!
The Think Big Foundation’s “Celebrity Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament and Auction Fundraiser” will be held on June 30th, 2007 at the stylish W Hotel in downtown Seattle. If you want in on the action or just want to hang out with sports and music celebs like: Sir Mix-a-lot, Josh Brown, Death Cab for Cutie, Orlando Huff, Greg Lewis and of course KERRY CARTER…then register at www.thinkbigfoundation.com.

ON THE GOLF COURSE
I wasn’t the top Girl Scout cookie seller as a kid for no reason…Allen and Joyce, my parents, are making sure the golf-cart crowd at their Pebble Creek community in Arizona are supporting Ward57 on the course and the pool. They have already sold 25 shirts with more orders on the way!

HEATHCARE REVOLUTION
Soldiers AND civilians need a healthcare revolution. Thanks to Nickolas Vassili for starting one and supporting the Ward in his newsletter. www.americanhealthcarerevolution.com

AND OF COURSE THANKS TO KERRY CARTER AND THE THINK BIG FOUNDATION FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS A REALITY!

xoxo Deborah
Atmosphere Artist Management & Consulting

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