READ TO ME FOUNDATION -
OPERATION GOT YOUR BACK

Request for more military children books

Fort Snelling
457 Transportation Battalion Family
Read To Me Foundation has been asked to assist Fort Snelling with copies of Operation Got Your Back for their military children of deployed and/or soon to be deployed children.  

As a result, Read To Me Foundation has gone into full swing to begin a campaign for military bases throughout the US to distribute Operation Got Your Back.  

Presently, we have a request for Operation Got Your Back for military bases located in Iowa, MN, Illinois, Wisconsin and Kansas.

It is the mission of Read To Me Foundation to continue the donation campaign drive to enable any and all military bases to obtain supplies of Operation Got Your Back for their military children.  

Please help us give our military children a book to encourage them to read, as well as a custom book to honor their daily sacrifices for our country.




 
Thank you to all for Honoring our Veterans, Families and Children with Operation Got Your Back



We have completed the Iowa military children segment and have now begun our big campaign for corporate and grant support for the national salute to our military children with Operation Got Your Back

Please help us make Operation Got Your Back available to military children throughout the US- It is our duty as Americans to let our military children, families and Soldiers know how important they are to us and to our freedom

Honoring Sgt. John Brower
8th Battalion Army Reserve Careers Division
Fort Des Moines
Des Moines, Iowa
FORT DES MOINES


    
"It's important we not forget our history…It's (Fort Des Moines) an historic site. It is where we trained black officers, and members of the Women's Army Corps were also trained in that area…I think it will be good to preserve it, make a museum out of the barracks, restore the chapel and let it stand as an important part of the history of this part of the country and the military history of the nation."Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA(ret), 1999 


SGT JOHN BROWER
RETIREMENT PARTY
FORT DES MOINES

Sgt. John Brower was honored by his Battalion and Dondino during his retirement party at Fort Des Moines.  Sgt. Brower was a tremendous support for "Operation Got Your Back" and the "Minnesota Viking Alumni Basketball Game Vs. Army Career Counselors, starring Chuck Foreman #44 and Ted Brown #23
SGT JOHN BROWER AND DONDINO
Dondino sings National Anthem to honor Sgt. John Brower and the 8th Battalion Army Career Counselor
(L ) SFC MICHAEL ASCHINGER/HOST
LT C  DARIUS GALLEGOS AND DONDINO
Sgt. John Brower toasting  8th Battalion Army Reserve Careers Division Unit
Sgt. John Brower and his military career sons join him for his retirement party




LTC Darius Gallegos, Sgt. John Brower and wife say goodbye to many good military friends

And the sun sets on a long honorable career
"And the Army Goes Rolling Along"

THANK YOU SGT. BROWER FOR HELPING TO MAKE "OPERATION GOT YOUR BACK" A SPECIAL PROJECT FOR READ TO ME FOUNDATION

GOLD STAR MUSEUM
CAMP DODGE
Johnston, Iowa

 Colonel Greg Hapgood - Director Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Iowa National Guard and Dondino- President Read To Me Foundation

Dondino presents Colonel Hapgood copies of "Operation Got Your Back" and a special copy of "Medal of Honor" for the Gold Star Museum.

George Patton Waters (grandson to General George Patton) donated the Medal of Honor for the Gold Star Museum.

Thank you to Major General Tim Orr, Colonel Greg Hapgood and Governor Terry Branstad for their support and contribution to "Operation Got Your Back".

















































If you haven't been out to Camp Dodge's Gold Star Museum you are in for a big surprise when you see the new addition to the museum. 

 It is a museum that all Iowans should be proud of!

Please take your family, friends and children out to the Gold Star Museum.  It is a trip you will never forget!  

Amazing history, artifacts, military equipment and fascinating information you will enjoy!

Thank You Gold Star Museum for making "Operation Got Your Back" a part of history in the making~~





Thank You
 
Thank you to Veterans Memorial Museum located in Branson, MO, and Veterans Memorial Museum Director Judy Tillis for their support of "Operation Got Your Back" all military children's book.  November 8, 2011 will be a day at the Veterans Memorial Museum dedicated to "Operation Got Your Back" donation request.
 
Please join Read To Me Foundation Missouri Chapter President Rebecca Chapman on Nov. 8th in Branson, MO at the Veterans Memorial Museum and show your support with a donation to help Read To Me Foundation distribute "Operation Got Your Back" to all military children throughout the United States. 
 
 
 
THANK YOU SALEM EVANGELICAL CHURCH
Little Rock, Missouri
Pastor Tony Gallagher
Pastor Tony Gallagher and his congregation recently honored Read To Me Foundation with a donation for the all military "Operation Got Your Back".  

Tony Gallagher has pledged a great fundraising concert starring Dondino, in Sedalia, Missouri, to help fund Operation Got Your Back military children's book for the military children of deployed Soldiers.  The anticipated date for the fundraiser is targeted for April 2012.

Words are not enough to say THANK YOU to Tony, his wife Jean, Salem Evangelical Church/congregation, and the 40 & 8 Veterans Society.   A special surprise was bestowed upon Dondino and Donna during their trip to Sedalia; they were made Honorary Members of the Sedalia Voiture 333, 40 & 8 Society.  What a wonderful honor.
 
The Society of 40 men and 8 is an independent, by invitation, honor organization of male and female U.S. veterans, more commonly known as the Forty & Eight.  The Forty and Eight is committed to charitable and patriotic aims.
 
Thank You for making Read To Me Foundation one of your commitments to support Operation Got Your Back all military children's book. 
Thank you for supporting America on 9-11 with such a beautiful program, and your support to Read To Me Foundation.

 
 
 
 
Thank You Homespun Tours(Bill Richards) for your generous support for literacy
 
 
WELCOME HOME
 
133rd Iowa National Guard
(Caryn Cox and son Drew- Caryn was a big supporter for Operation Got Your Back.  We are so happy Caryn's son has returned home safely.  Welcome Home Drew)
 
 
Operation Got Your Back is MISSION COMPLETE
 
Our new military children's bilingual picture book arrived and has been distributed to children throughout Iowa

Thanks to many Dubuque and Des Moines supporters and sponsors, Read To Me Foundation will be able to give Iowa military children their own personal copy of "Operation Got Your Back". 

This book is a salute to our military children of deployed Soldiers for their dedication, courage and love of America and American citizens.  We thank each military brat for their selfless devotion.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad presented with a personal copy of "Operation Got Your Back" from Dondino, president Read To Me Foundation.  Governor Branstad added his words of support to Operation Got Your Back to salute and honor the Iowa children of deployed Soliders
 
(L to R) John Brower, SFC, ARCC/Army Reserve Careers Division, Colonel Janet Townley, Family Programs Coordinator/USAR 103rd ESC FRG, Dondino, President Read To Me Foundation and Leo Alhambra, Army Reserve Careers Division Fort Des Moines.

Dondino presented Sgt Brower, Colonel Townley and Leo Alhambra with copies of Operation Got Your Back and the Medal of Honor book presented  and autographed personally by George Patton Waters  To Sgt. Brower and Colonel Townley.  A special thank you to an incredible group of American Soldiers who helped make Operation Got Your Back very special!
Read  To Me Foundation has created a new children's bilingual picture book to honor both the military children and families of the 133rd National Guard Unit and the military children and families throughout the United States.
In addition to the custom book to military children two events were held in honor of the military children and families
 
"I received my copy of Operation Got Your Back and it is wonderful!.  I am most appreciative of being able to participate in this fabulous project."
Janet S. Salotti
Chief, NGB Yellow Ribbon Reintegration
Program Office
Washington DC

Mystique Casino Cabaret Showroom
July 1, 2011
Dondino Show, featuring special celebrity and dignitary guest

Mystique Community Ice Center
July 2, 2011
Operation Got Your Back Book Presentation
Time:  1pm-3pm
Sneak Preview of the recording and rehearsals from Operation Got Your Back book CD


CAPP AUDIO PRODUCTION STUDIO
Norwalk, Iowa
George Patton Waters, grandson of General George S. Patton presented each child with his personal gift of embroidered ball caps, and the Iowa military armories with a beautiful hardcover  "Medal of Honor-Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty"
  • Many celebrities and dignitaries provided their words of support for "Operation Got Your Back" military children's book, as well as their personal appearance for the July 1, 2011 entertainment show  and July 2, 2011 for the book presentation.  Guest including, but not  limited to, Tony Orlando (entertainer "Tie A Yellow Ribbon "), George Patton Waters, grandson of General George S. Patton, Major General Tim Orr, Camp Dodge/Johnsonton, Iowa, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, SGT John Brower (Career Counseling),  Gary Simpson, Doug LaViolette/Brian's Foundation/Author/Photographer of the "Pilsen Czech Republic Story", hosted by Dondino (Las Vegas entertainer) and President of the Read To Me Foundation, and the list goes on. 
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
THANK YOU DUBUQUE
THANK YOU 
GENERAL BOB FELDERMAN
and
365INK.COM
SHOWTIME
THANK YOU TO DUBUQUE CHAPTER of Read To Me Foundation, Dondino, Donna Gummelt, Becky Gruening, along with  their celebrity guest, George Patton Waters, Doug LaViolette, Renee LaViolette, who began the evening with an incredible dinner hosted by Charlie at CATFISH CHARLIE'S. 

When you visit Dubuque please make CATFISH CHARLIE'S you first stop for lunch or dinner. It is fantastic.   
NEXT............
THE GREAT DONUT BOY
HEIST!
You haven't lived until you visit the Donut Boy, (thank you owner Ed Gau) for allowing us to break-into your great smelling donut shop in the middle of the night, hand pick (or eat them as you go) as many donuts as you can put in a (BIG) box....it is the best adventure you will have.  The thrill of eating your weight in DONUTS until the Dubuque Police arrive is so delicous.  
Thank you ED!  We love your Donuts!  All 20 dozen
Bribing Donut Boy night crew!
CAUGHT IN THE ACT!
Speaking of Act...........SHOWTIME for the military families
Yellow Ribbon Musical Salute
Mystique Casino
Cabaret Showroom




GEORGE PATTON WATERS SALUTES DUBUQUE VETERANS WITH A PERSONAL VISIT AND PARTICIPATION FOR JULY 4, 2011 EVENTS

George fires the starting shot for runners

 
THANK YOU TO MYSTIQUE ICE CENTER AND RON BREITBACH FOR DONATING THE ICE CENTER FOR ALL MILITARY CHILDREN TO SKATE FREE FOR THE DAY
 
THANK YOU TO GEORGE PATTON WATERS FOR HIS BEAUTIFUL GIFTS OF 133RD NATIONAL GUARD BULL LOGO HATS FOR THE MILITARY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, AND FOR THE UNIQUE CUSTOM DOG TAGS
 
THANK YOU TO DOUG LAVIOLETTE (BRIAN'S  SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION) FOR THE UNVEILING OF THE SALVATORE GIUNTA MEDAL OF HONOR SCHOLARSHIP IN DUBUQUE IOWA

THANK YOU TO BOARD MEMBER GARY SIMPSON FOR HIS IMPRESSION AND COSTUME PRESENTATION OF GENERAL GEORGE PATTON.  A BIG THANK YOU FOR HELPING MAKE BOTH THE JULY 1 MYSTIQUE SHOW A FUN NIGHT AND FOR HELPING THE KIDS HAVE A GREAT SKATING DAY.

THANK YOU BOARD MEMBER BECKY GRUENING FOR MAKING BOTH THE SHOW AND SKATING EVEN SUCCESSFUL!
 
THANK YOU TO WEBER PAPER COMPANY FOR THE WONDERFUL CAMOUFLAGE BACK PACKS FOR THE "OPERATION GOT YOUR BACK" BOOK FOR EACH MILITARY CHILD ATTENDING THE SKATING EVENT
Thank you to the 133rd Military Children and Families for making "Operation Got Your Back" such a fun and rewarding project and event!
Thank you to George Patton Waters for the beautiful caps and custom dog tags for all the military children attending as well as the military children who were unable to attend.
THANK YOU CATFISH CHARLIE'S
CATFISH CHARLIE'S HOSTED PRE-SHOW DINNER FOR THE EVENT CELEBRITIES AND DIGNITARIES FOR "OPERATION GOT YOUR BACK"

GOOD BYE TO OUR SPECIAL GUEST!
A big thank you to special guest George Patton Waters , Doug and Renne LaViolette-Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation and Board Member Gary Simpson!

We will miss you and look forward to our next adventure together!
 

ROCK'N THE PLAZA
July 23, 2011
ASBURY EAGLES #4458
 Event MC Bob Felderman (retired Major General)
THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNITY OF DUBUQUE AND THE NUMEROUS SUPPORTERS WHO HAVE MADE THIS PROJECT
A PROJECT THAT WILL FOREVER TOUCH OUR HEARTS.  
 
 
GOD BLESS OUR SOLDIERS, FAMILIES, AND MILITARY CHILDREN FOR THEIR           SILENT SACRIFICES



 
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ED GAU
(Sponsor Porta Potties)

 
THANK YOU
DUBUQUE
 
I Will Always Be With You
Salute to our Military Chidlren of deployed Soldiers sung by Kennedy Elliott
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