Last year I brought up an effort to put together care packages for our troops abroad put together by the group Move America Forward. It was this time in 2008 they did an 8-hour internet telethon to raise money and awareness, and tonight they do it again with a cavalcade of stars:
An All-Star lineup of celebrities will team up this Thursday, June 25, 2009 for a historic effort to send the largest shipment of care packages to U.S. troops serving overseas.
The celebrities, military figures, and leading politicians will participate in the “Honor Their Service” TroopAThon – an 8-hour Jerry Lewis style telethon that will be broadcast online at www.TroopAThon.org.
The TroopAThon will broadcast from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library from 1:00pm – 9:00pm Pacific // 4:00pm – Midnight Eastern.
Celebrities participating in the event include: President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer, John Ratzenberger, Ann Coulter, Gary Sinise, John Ondrasik, Dennis Miller, Jackie Mason, Kevin Farley, Gavin McLeod, Melanie Morgan, Andrew Breitbart, Michelle Malkin, Debbie Lee, Laura Ingraham, Lars Larson, Greg Gutfeld, Andrea Shea King, Curtis Sliwa, Hughes Sullivan, Mark Williams, Martha Zoller, Jake Rademacher, Jed Babbin, Chuck Holton, Rich Lowry, Michael Graham, John O’Hurlsey, Tammy Bruce, Robrert Davi, Matt Sanchez, Megan Ortagus, Connie Stevens, Deroy Murdock, Ed Morrissey, Kylie Wiliams, Matt Lewis, Monica Crowley, Noel Sheppard, Pete Hegseth, Robert Spencer, Roger L. Simon, Roger Hedgecock, Ron Winter, Walid Phares, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Buzz Aldrin, Rick Allen, Gerald McRaney, Jerry Haleva, Pat Sajak, Dale Dye, David Zucker, Pat Boone, and Charlie Daniels.
It seems like a lot of people to fill an 8-hour slot, but that’s actually less than 10 minutes apiece. Most of these people are drawn from the circles of conservative media so it should be a pretty entertaining evening. It will also be interesting to see if they beat last year’s $1.055 million haul or fall short because the media’s awareness of our troops has fallen off with the change in the Oval Office.
As I noted in the wrapup piece I did last year, there was a fairly constant viewership of 2,000 to 3,000 for the 2008 troop-a-thon. Let’s see if America can beat that, despite the competition from weighty issues such as the upcoming Waxman-Markey vote and situation in Iran.