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16th Prism Awards Celebrates our Veterans
“It was an exciting time for EIC this year to be able to celebrate our nation’s veterans. Seeing veterans from WWII to present day participate in our 16th Annual Prism Awards show was truly an honor. We’re thrilled with how things went and are very grateful for the collaboration with American Soldier Network to help make it happen. Thank you and thanks to the American Soldier Network volunteers who helped to host our heroes that evening.” Brian Dyak President & CEO Entertainment Industries Council
The PRISM Awards, which is produced by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) in collaboration with FX , honors the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction, as well as mental health issues in movies, television, music, DVD, and comic book entertainment. Parenthood, Glee, Castle, Southland, Shameless and the feature films Warrior and Take Shelter are among the television shows and films honored at the 16th Annual PRISM Awards ceremony. This years show theme was a celebration of our nations veterans. Full of tributes starting with a Army color guard, a banner jump by the Golden Knights, a “Roll Call” moment with veterans from WWII to present day, all who have now followed career paths after service to careers in the entertainment industry.
Actors Reporter Coverage PRISM Awards with American Soldier Network’s celebrity advisory board member Tim Abell and celebs William H Macy, Craig T Nelson, etc at http://bit.ly/PRISMawards2012
On a beautiful Saturday evening in April at the amazing home of Actress/Artist/Author and Philanthropist Jane Seymour and husband James Keach, Director/Producer/Philanthropist and CEO PCH Films the couple hosted the 2nd annual Open Hearts Foundation Celebration. The evening kicked off with a lovely cocktail reception, silent auction and celebrity arrivals then moved up to the beautiful ball room setting under the stars for what was an inspirational evening emcee’d by CNN’s Christi Paul with musical performances by Glen Campbell, LP, Marc Coehn and Johnny Keach.
The Open Hearts Foundationcreated by Jane Seymour and husband James Keach, is a respected nonprofit charity established to bring the Open Heart Philosophy, which stands for selfless giving even in the face of adversity, into communities worldwide. The Foundation provides funds to charitable organizations in the areas of Health, Arts, Education, Sports, and honors individuals that exemplify the Open Heart Philosophy in their service to others.
The notable honorees receiving this year’s Open Heart Award, a limited-edition fine-art sculpture created by Jane Seymour depicting her original open heart icon design, will include individuals who live the Open Heart philosophy including:
- Glen and Kim Campbell: Legendary country singer and five-time Grammy winner Glen Campbell announced last year that he was living with Alzheimer’s disease (www.alz.org). Since his diagnosis, he and his wife have used their story as a platform to help raise awareness for the disease that affects an estimated 5.1 million people worldwide. Campbell is currently touring on his “Goodbye Tour,” and was recently honored at the 54th annual GRAMMY Awards, receiving the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
- John and Roxanna Green: John and Roxanna Green established The Christina-Taylor Green Foundation (www.christina-taylorgreen.org) in memory of their daughter, who was tragically killed in the January 8, 2011 Tucson shooting associated with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The Christina-Taylor Green Foundation is dedicated to honoring the life and memory of Christina-Taylor through charitable and educational projects that reflect and embody her interests, values and dreams.
- Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete: Actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, established the HollyRod Foundation (www.HollyRod.org) in honor of Holly’s late father Matt Robinson, who lost his battle with Parkinson’s Disease. The organization has since expanded its mission to raise awareness for autism, a developmental disorder their oldest son RJ was diagnosed with at the age of three. The HollyRod Foundation is dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with Autism and Parkinson’s disease.
- Kristi Yamaguchi: Olympic Gold medalist and World Champion, Kristi Yamaguchi, is one of the most popular and successful figure skaters of our time. Along with her many awards and accomplishments, Kristi is a member of the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame, World Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the US Olympic Hall of Fame. In 1996, she founded the Always Dream Foundation dedicated to fundraising and supporting children’s charities. In 2008 Kristi became a Dancing with the Stars Champion and since has become a New York Times best-selling author, her children’s book Dream Big, Little Pig soared onto the bestseller list and remained there for multiple weeks. She is married to Stanley Cup Champion, Bret Hedican and together, they have two young daughters.
- Annie Nelson founder of The American Soldier Network, (www.americansoldiernetwork.org ) is passionate about our service members. Nelson’s own awareness of the issues faced by our soldiers and veterans grew out of her pen pal relationship with Marine Cpl. Jesse Schertzwho was serving in 2004. Also by living through 5 concussions, PTSD and a life threatening brain tumor just 19 months ago. She has truly “walked the walk” for may of the same issues our combat wounded suffer. For the past 8 years, Nelson has dedicated her life to spreading patriotism across the United States by raising awareness of the needs of our veterans, our injured soldiers, and their families, and the challenges they all face during the reintegration process whthey return from Iraq and Afghanistan. This is the 1st Open Heart Patriot Award.
- 4 of our wounded heroes also shared in the American Soldier Network Open Heart Patriot Award, Ssgt. Richard Gonzales, Sergeant Sara Bryant, Corporal Jake Henry, Lance Corporal Blake Bibbins
Dear James and Jane,
I just wanted to thank you guys for honoring Annie Nelson
and the work she does for the American Soldier Network.
Annie is a dear friend and one of the greatest supporters our military has in our industry.
Hats off to you guys for acknowledging that.
American Soldier Network teaches the importance of Patriotism & giving back!
This year we at American Soldier Network made it a priority to get into the community and have school children from all over Southern California make Valentine’s with messages of “Thanks” for our troops here at home. The children were more than happy to step up to the task! We recieved hundreds of hand made adorable Valentines for our Heart’s for Heroes. Tuesday 2.14.2012 our founder Annie Nelson along with her friend television personality Leeann Tweeden (www.leeanntweeden.com) set out to deliver and visit with our combat wounded heroes and other enlisted troops from San Diego, CA to Orange County, CA. On one of our stops we were greeted by another friend Navy Dr. Andy Baldwin (http://www.andybaldwin.com/) who took time out to check out the Valentine’s from the children. We were also in the presence of a dear friend and hero, Medal of Honor recepient USMC Col Jay Vargas. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Vargas)
Today was a day to give love, support, thanks and attentive ears to our heroes. It is so vitally important that we all embrace each and every member of our US Military when they return home. We thank them, we support them and most of all we listen to them and give them unconditional love and respect. Our men & women give so much and ask so little. The silent sacrifices they and their families make every day need to be recognied, appreciated and honored. We as an organization stand behind those words and truly believe if all organizations that are supporting our veterans would collaborate… together we would impact the masses and truly make a difference much more timely and efficently. Freedom Isn’t Free its time we all get involved and give back now.
According to Wikipedia here is a little bit of history on “Valentines”:
Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have given way to mass-produced greeting cards. In the UK, just under half of the population spend money on their Valentines and around 1.3 billion pounds are spent yearly on cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts, with an estimated 25 million cards being sent. The mid-19th century Valentine’s Day trade was a harbinger of further commercialized holidays in the United States to follow. In the second half of the 20th century, the practice of exchanging cards was extended to all manner of gifts in the United States. Such gifts typically include roses and chocolates packed in a red satin, heart-shaped box. In the 1980s, the diamond industry began to promote Valentine’s Day as an occasion for giving jewelry. The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately 190 million valentines are sent each year in the US. Half of those valentines are given to family members other than husband or wife, usually to children. When you include the valentine-exchange cards made in school activities the figure goes up to 1 billion, and teachers become the people receiving the most valentines. In some North American elementary schools, children decorate classrooms, exchange cards, and are given sweets. The greeting cards of these students sometimes mention what they appreciate about each other.
On Saturday February 11.2012 the day began with excitement and a buzz among four wounded warriors they were off with our founder Annie Nelson to the 54th Grammy Awards rehearsals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Little did the group know that a day that started out to be a once in a lifetime experiecne for our heroes would become a day the world would remeber forever with the tragic loss of one of Music’s leading ladies Whitney Houston. It was sureal being in the house that Whitney helped to build when the news came in that she had just died.
Here we were with America’s finest who had survived severe life changing injuries and months of painstaking therapy to now be among music royalty! The entertainment industry embraced our veterans with open arms, the celebrities were so loving, attentive and gracious to our heroes. Instead of interacting with doctors, counselors and their command, our warriors exhaled for a day listening to the biggest names in the recording industry rehearse their numbers for the big show including meeting many of them, sharing hugs, handshakes, photos and chats. It was as our warriors said an “EPIC” day! One of our warriors said after seeing Sir Paul McCartney “I didn’t die in Afghanistan, but I can die now, I just watched Paul McCartney, a Beatle perform LIVE, life is complete.”
Often our veterans return from the war to battles here at home. Many find themselves retreating to their homes not socializing much at all. To not only get out for an entire day but to be mingling with celebrities from music, television, film and sports was over the top! Journaist Michael Ragogna of the Huffington Post interviewed the group followed but a powerful on camera interview with film director/producer James Keach. “I am always in awe of our veterans. When a day like today comes together as magically as today did, I know this journey I am on making sure our work at American Soldier Network continues is a journey being powered by God and I am so blessed to be the vehicle.” -Annie Nelson
“Annie!!!! Thank you so much for knowing my passion with photography and video production and how I use it as a therapeutic release, and giving me the Experience of a lifetime that taught me so much about the career and direction I want to go with passion. You put me in contact with some of the industries top people!!!! What a great day and great company! Now to see the grammys come to life!!!!!” Sgt. Gonzalez
Michael Ragogna interviews the group LIVE from the Grammy Rehearsals Enjoy!
A special thank you to the following:
Our Warriors for their service and sacrifices! We are forever grateful!
Dave Weiderman Guitar Center Hollywood, Lisa Roy, Robert W. Clyne & Douglas Mountain of Pro Audio Media Consultants
Pauley Perrette, Jane Seymour, James Keach, Chris Brown, Ryan Seacrest, Bad Mouse, James Keach, Adele, Ken Enrlich, Sway Calloway