Beam Inc., a leading global premium spirits company, teamed up with music superstars Kid Rock and Montgomery Gentry this summer to recognize and support military service members and their families with a $100,000 donation to Operation Homefront.Kid Rock was in Dallas last month to present a $50,000 check on behalf of Beam Inc. to Operation HomefrontWounded warriors were invited to participate in two separate check presentations at concerts in Dallas and Indianapolis, which marked the latest demonstrations of Beam’s long history of support for the military.Beam and its flagship bourbon brand, Jim Beam, have worked closely with Operation Homefront since 2008, donating more than $2.5 million through a variety of charitable programming efforts.“We are extremely proud of our service men and women and the sacrifices they’ve made for our country,” said Frederick “Fred” Booker Noe III, seventh generation Beam master distiller. “Together with Operation Homefront, all of us at Jim Beam are honored to help these heroes and their families once they return home and adjust to life back in the United States.”In Dallas, Army Sgt. Ralph Harroff and his wife, Lorie, joined Kid Rock and Noe to accept a $50,000 check made out to Operation Homefront. Harroff was injured while serving in Afghanistan, and has received housing assistance from Operation Homefront while doctors continue to repair his injuries. Harroff and his family were the second recipients of a new home under the Homes for the Homefront program.Montgomery Gentry teamed up with Beam Inc. at the band’s Indianapolis show August 15 to present a $50,000 check to Operation HomefrontIn Indianapolis, Army Spec. Dustin Foraker, and his wife, Heather, joined Montgomery Gentry and Fred Noe to present an additional $50,000 to Operation Homefront. Foraker also sustained injuries while serving in Afhanistan and upon returning to the United States to recover, received housing and financial assistance from Operation Homefront for his family.“We are incredibly thankful for Beam’s continued support of Operation Homefront,” said Tim Farrell, Operation Homefront’s Chief Operating Officer. “Beam’s generous contributions have helped us support thousands of military families each year. Whether that help comes in the form of emergency financial assistance or finding a military family a new home, it makes a huge impact to the families we serve.”Jim Beam’s long history of support for the military can be traced all the way back to the 1700s. If not for the land grant given to the Beam family for all their service during the revolutionary war, the brand’s Kentucky distillery may not have existed. Today, Beam Inc. is proud to employ numerous veterans and active military personnel, and has promised to hold the jobs of those called to active duty.Source:PR Newswire
Following a new national poll showing that the majority of voters oppose the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to remove Yellowstone’s grizzly bears from the list of federally threatened and endangered species, American actor and Vampire Diaries star, Ian Somerhalder, sent the following letter to USFWS Director, Dan Ashe, urging him to keep the Yellowstone grizzly bear listed under the Endangered Species Act.“Yellowstone’s grizzlies, once teetering on the brink of extinction, are only now starting to recover,” wrote Ian. “But your recently announced proposal to remove federal protections under the Endangered Species Act is premature and comes at a time where only 700 of these iconic bears are known to exist in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and shockingly only 1,400 to 1,700 bears in the entire lower 48 states. We stand with The Humane Society of the United States in urging you to keep grizzly bears protected.“If the proposal to delist is successful, the future of Yellowstone’s grizzly bears will be placed in the hands of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho state wildlife managers who have already made clear their intentions to open up the population to trophy hunting. Grizzly bears are an iconic species, representing the natural beauty and magnificence in many of our country’s last remaining wild spaces. This holds true no more than in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding region, where grizzly bears are cherished by both tourists and locals alike. Killing these animals in order to stuff them for display and bragging rights is shameful and will only set back our efforts to help the population recover.“We cannot let history repeat itself. Grizzlies were once an abundant species in the Yellowstone region but suffered from overwhelming persecution by hunters up until recent decades. This resulted in the need to list Yellowstone grizzlies as threatened under the ESA in the 1970’s when their number dipped to 136 individuals and the population is faced yet again with a threat to its very existence from trophy hunting if this proposal goes forward.“Yellowstone grizzly bears still need our help. They continue to face critical challenges such as habitat loss and climate change. Removing protections for Yellowstone grizzlies now will leave the population with little hope of recovery. You and your predecessors have invested too much into the recovery of this national icon to give up on them. Please keep the Yellowstone grizzly bear listed as a threatened species under the ESA and prevent history from repeating itself.”Please take a moment to send the USFWS a letter, urging them to not remove federal protections from Yellowstone grizzly bears.