By Richard Rhinehart
Arlington, Virginia, January 23, 2015 – The ambassadors of America’s gratitude to our nation’s heroes, The American Bombshells, will be bringing their special style of patriotic musical entertainment to World T.E.A.M. Sports’ annual Face of America banquet in Arlington April 24.
World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO and President Van Brinson announced today that three members of the New York-based non-profit organization will provide the entertainment at the opening of the banquet honoring injured military veterans from America and her allies. More than 500 participants of the Face of America bicycle and hand cycle ride from the Pentagon to the historic battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania will attend the catered dinner at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel the evening prior to the 110-mile ride’s early morning start.
“World T.E.A.M. Sports welcomes the inclusion of The American Bombshells to the Face of America,” said Van Brinson. “Their particular blend of patriotism and musical showmanship promises to elevate the entire evening.”
With three-part harmony and a classic 1940s look, The American Bombshells have offered performances to military veterans, active-duty military, wounded warriors and Americans across the country since 2011. Military bases, veterans’ hospitals and special events like NBC’s Today Show and the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride have enjoyed inspiring performances from the group, who sing everything from rock ‘n roll to country to classic patriotic songs offered by The Andrews Sisters to American troops during World War II.
Founded by singer Ali Reeder, who met her Marine husband during Fleet Week following a musical program on his ship, the non-profit organization depends on sponsorships, performance fees and donations to continue their mission to entertain members of the military and particularly injured veterans.
“It is such a humbling honor, to be able to bring a little joy to those who have sacrificed so much,” said Reeder. “We have had the pleasure to hear so many personal stories that we will carry in our hearts and continue to honor by preserving their memories.”
The American Bombshells boast pinup good looks and a high-energy, interactive program that uplift spirits and inspire listeners. Performing acapella at many of their performances, The American Bombshells provide an emotional connection through their family-friendly music.
“Our shows are built specifically around the requests of the military veterans we serve. From WWII to Vietnam to OIF/OEF, we aim to connect musically to all generations,” explained Reeder. “The American Bombshells go the extra mile to learn military traditions, history and structure, building a bond of camaraderie and friendship.”
The April 24-26 Face of America ride will be World T.E.A.M. Sports’ largest event in the last 12 years with 600 participants riding on three routes. Included in the rides will be more than 140 injured veterans from across the United States and Canada. These honored veterans will include individuals with injures ranging from amputations to paralysis, Post-Traumatic Stress to brain injuries, to blindness and severe illness. Creating inclusive sporting events that challenge both athletes with disabilities and those who are able-bodied, World T.E.A.M. Sports is dedicated to showing that “we all ride the same road” when it comes to life’s challenges. The inspiration of participating athletes in the non-profit organization’s events inspires other persons with disabilities to become active in sports, as well as encouraging the able-bodied to include the disabled in more activities.
This year’s Face of America ride will be the organization’s 12th since the inaugural ride in 2000, when inclusive bicycling relay teams met underneath the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2002 and 2003, the Face of America served as the official commemorative bicycle ride for the September 11 attacks on America. The current route from Washington to the Civil War battlefields at Gettysburg began in 2006.
The 2015 Face of America Ride is supported through sponsorship support from Capital One Bank, American Portfolios Financial Services, Booz Allen Hamilton, Benson Botsford LLC, Deven’s Recycling, DuPont Fabros Technology, Fidelity & Guaranty Life, FootStomp.com, Freshbikes, General Electric, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Penske Truck Rental, Sila Solutions Group, Subway of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Three Wire Systems LLC, U.S. Silica, Vedder Price and Veterans Corps of America.
About The American Bombshells®
American Bombshells Entertainment, Inc., is a 501(c)3 charity entertainment organization with the mission to provide entertainment to our wounded and disabled veterans along with our troops and patriotic American citizens. We are a civilian organization supported solely by the generosity of individuals, corporations, and sponsorships. Our fundraising shows are dedicated to those who continue to battle for recovery, recuperation, and reintegration. We entertain and travel based on donations and sponsorships to provide support and entertainment to our heroes in hospitals, rehab centers, and anywhere else they may reside. Our heroes should know that they are never forgotten, and that America is eternally grateful for their sacrifices. The mission of this organization is completely dedicated to uplifting spirits in a show of gratitude. If you wish to be part of the American Bombshells family and share in doing something special for our heroes, please feel free to inquire about our sponsorship programs. Contact info@AmericanBombshells.com for booking information.