On Sunday, August 25th, only at Temple Bat Yahm - Award-winning film and television star, theater icon, and advocate for our nation's defenders - Gary Sinise will share engaging, thought-provoking, and entertaining anecdotes and stories from his life's journey and from his new book Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service.
Gary has worked tirelessly on behalf of those who serve this country, entertaining more than a half million troops around the world playing bass guitar with his Lieutenant Dan Band, raising funds on behalf of veterans, and eventually founding the Gary Sinise Foundation with a mission to serve and honor America's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.
His just released NY Times Bestselling book, Grateful American, is the moving, entertaining, and profoundly gripping story of how one man found his calling: to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten.
TBY’s own philanthropist, Leona Aronoff-Sadacca had shared with me her deep admiration for Gary and the work he has done for our veterans. I reached out to set up a time to meet and introduce Gary to Leona. During our visit she held his hand, looked into his eyes and told him stories about her beloved husband—our very own Joe Sadacca (z”l)—WWII POW and war hero. Leona shared with Gary what many veterans have said that while Gary has played many remarkable roles throughout his award-winning career- his true calling and his most notable role has been the one that he holds in real life and the mission he is on.
Tikkun olam shares that we are not only responsible for creating a model society among ourselves, but also are responsible for the welfare of the society at large. This responsibility may be understood in religious, social or political terms and Gary honors and supports the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. They put themselves in harm's way to safeguard our freedoms and protect our country.
Our event will include representations from all members of the armed services as well as the Israeli Defense Force, and be open to the entire community, particularly those who have served our country.
"We all have a destiny: nothing just happens, it's all part of a plan" - Lieutenant Dan Taylor, Forrest Gump
(An excerpt from the upcoming Scribe Magazine by Scott Seigel)