Actors Volunteer to Stuff Thousands of USO Care Packages for U.S. Service Men and Women Overseas

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Actors Volunteer to Stuff Thousands of USO Care Packages for U.S. Service Men and Women Overseas

***MEDIA ALERT***

Actors Volunteer to Stuff Thousands of USO Care Packages
for U.S. Service Men and Women Overseas

SAG Members Join Forces with Hundreds of
Northrop Grumman Employees on Aircraft Assembly Line
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Event: Saturday, May 16 -- Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems


What: Members of the news media are invited to an Operation USO Care Package event on Northrop Grumman’s F/A-18 aircraft assembly line. More than 400 employees will join two dozen celebrities to stuff 20,000 USO care packages for U.S. service men and women in Iraq, Afghanistan and other overseas locations.

Who:
Screen Actors Guild Secretary-Treasurer Connie Stevens, a longtime USO entertainer, and expected celebrity participants including Gary Sinise (“CSI: NY”), D.B. Sweeney (“Crash”), Alimi Ballard (“Numb3rs”), L. Scott Caldwell (“Lost”), Tony Denison (“The Closer”), Peter Reckell (“Days of Our Lives”), Joe Bologna and Renée Taylor, Erik Estrada (“CHiPs”), Robert Forster (“Heroes”), Gary Graham (“Alien Nation), Omid Abtahi (“Over There,” “Sleeper Cell”), Jeff Harlan (“McBride”), Kate Linder (“The Young & the Restless), Assaf Cohen (“Entourage”), Larry Manetti (“Magnum, P.I.”), Rick Deats, Elaine DuPont, Morgan Brittany (“Dallas”), Michael Broderick, Jennifer Ann Massey, Jack Scalia (“Dallas”), Nancy Sinatra, Chele Stanton, as well as Miss California International 2009 Hilary Gushwa and Miss USO Mayra Veronica.

When: Saturday, May 16, 2009
Media coverage invited between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Where: Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
1 Hornet Way
El Segundo, Calif. 90245
(Check in at Lobby 1, Building #902)
Please click on the following to view a map:
http://media.globenewswire.com/cache/189/file/6729.pdf
Media visitors must show driver’s license

Details: Operation USO Care Package parties are high-energy events. Hundreds of volunteers line both sides of long tables to form their own “assembly line” as they load items such as sunscreen, packaged body wipes, granola snacks, playing cards, prepaid international phone cards, disposable razors and chewing gum into two-gallon plastic bags. Upbeat music blares from loudspeakers, and periodic public address announcements herald the latest package milestone.

Last year, the Operation USO Care Package event at Northrop Grumman assembled 16,200 packages in just over six hours—a USO single-day record at the time.

During a brief ceremony at Noon, the Los Angeles Airport USO will receive a check for more than $46,000 raised by Northrop Grumman’s USO employee fundraising campaign. A $5,000 check will be presented by Northrop Grumman’s Employees Charity Organization (ECHO).

Contacts:
Screen Actors Guild:
Pamela Greenwalt, cell (323) 440-2892, pgreenwalt@sag.org
Northrop Grumman: Noel Fletcher, (310) 658-3293, noel.fletcher@ngc.com
Jim Hart, (310) 466-5509, james.f.hart@ngc.com
USO: Tiane Harrison, (703) 908-6433, tharrison@uso.org