DAUGHTRY Spellbinds Audience

1st Annual Veterans Career Hiring Event Posts High Numbers

Nashville, TN. – (December 7, 2011) The American Freedom Foundation recently announced that they have reached the $1 million mark in giving since the charity’s inception in 2004. The milestone was hit during the 8th annual American Freedom Festival Washington presented by SKYDEX and CareerBuilder which was just held at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.

This annual tribute to our military featured many extraordinary moments beginning with AFF Co-Founder SMA (R) Jack Tilley riding on stage on an FGM, Inc. donated Big Bear 2005 Venon ProStreet Chopper. The concert featured performances by country singer Red Marlow and Do Not Assume featuring Christal Rheams. Multi-platinum recording artists, Daughtry, whose third album, Break the Spell, recently debuted at Number 8 on the Billboard 200 charts, headlined the event.

At the end of their performance, SMA Tilley and Karri Turner of the CBS hit series, JAG, joined Daughtry onstage, where they made the announcement of the fundraising milestone amid a blizzard of multi-colored confetti and a loud, cheering crowd. As an encore, Daughtry performed their hit song “Home.” The cheers and applause from the crowd confirmed that the lyrics made it a fitting and appropriate song to finish the night’s events and honor our veterans.

Additional Highlights:

  1. Guest speaker, wounded warrior US Navy Lt. Jason Redman. The former Seal gave a speech
    about his service to our country paying tribute to all who came before him and the sacrifices made for our freedom. He moved every single person in the arena as witnessed by an extended standing ovation.
  2. AFF contributions were made to Easter Seals Greater Washington Baltimore Region, USO of Metropolitan Washington, Soldier On and Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors and several others that totaled in excess of $200,000!
  3. The AFF Heroes Supporting Heroes Award was presented to presenting sponsor, SKYDEX’s CEO, Mr. Mike Buchen, for his unselfish and committed service to our veterans, active duty military and military families.
  4. AFF in conjunction with CareerBuilder and the MarCom Group staged the 1st Annual Veterans Career Hiring Event which featured some of the top companies in America. Over

100 veterans were interviewed throughout the day leading to many hires. Companies who participated included Microsoft, Accenture, Nationwide Insurance, NJVC, Security Finance, Washington Gas, TRAX International and Dow Chemical.

The American Freedom Foundation would like to thank the 70 sponsors who made this event possible and the thousands in attendance who never stopped showing their appreciation for our veterans and service members.

Media Contact:

Kim Dettwiller

American Freedom Foundation, Inc.

(615) 330-5656


About American Freedom Foundation

Our mission is to honor the men and women of America's armed forces and raise awareness for their service and sacrifice and raise money for organizations that serve and support our veterans, active duty military and military families. Special emphasis is directed to the welfare of those wounded in actions, those disabled and the families and children of those killed in action in conflicts throughout the world.
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