For Immediate Release

For more information, contact:
Steve Rosa, 703.923.7612                                 Lara Coffee, 703.923.7608 srosa@sempercomm.org                                    lcoffee@sempercomm.org   

 MEDIA ADVISORY:
Media invited to attend 2007 SemperComm Gala

Springfield, VA – April 17, 2007 - The 2007 SemperComm Gala, with the theme “For Them,” will be Thursday, May 10, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.  The Gala raises funds for the SemperComm Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization that provides communication and entertainment equipment, software and services to overseas remote U.S. military bases.

The entire event, which starts at 6 p.m. and is scheduled to end at 11 p.m., is comprised of a dinner, live and silent auction, awards ceremony and mini-concert.  Country singer Chely Wright will provide entertainment for the event, and actress Karri Turner will emcee.  Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Dana Gioia is expected to attend as a special guest.  Approximately 800 guests are also expected to attend.

SemperComm has confirmed the attendance of several members of Congress, high-ranking military officials, major business leaders (The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Anheuser-Busch, American Airlines, Rolls Royce Inc., General Dynamics) and a few foreign ambassadors.

In addition, several event sponsors have purchased tickets for about 30-40 wounded military personnel who are being treated at the National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  The sponsors’ donated tickets are meant to give the service members a memorable night out and to help uplift their spirits.

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the event.  A mult-box and riser will be provided in the ballroom, and VIP attendees will be available for interviews during a reception from 6-7:30 p.m.  If  your organization would like to send representatives to attend this event, please contact Steve Rosa at 703.923.7612 or by e-mail at srosa@sempercomm.org by noon, May 9.

For more information about the Gala or SemperComm, go to www.sempercommgala.org.

                                 —SemperComm—



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