Thursday, August 18, 2011

Salute the Troops of the Greater Pittsburgh Region

For Immediate Release:


(Pittsburgh, PA) On August 17, 2011, The Pittsburgh Social Exchange (PSE) and are hosting a social networking event to raise money for Team River Runner (, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that gives service members and veterans an opportunity to build a new support system while learning new water sport skills. This event will take place at Jay Verno Studios ( located at 3030 Jane St. Pittsburgh, PA 15203 and will consist of a cocktail hour from 6 - 7 p.m.; immediately followed by the main event from 7 - 9 p.m. We have committed to sell 500 tickets; any unsold ticket will be $125 at the door and may be paid by cash or credit card only. PSE members will be admitted for $25. It is strongly recommended that everyone RSVP early as this event will sell out. Through ticket sales, corporate sponsorships and donors we hope to raise over $50,000, a portion of our proceeds benefitting Team River Runner.

“Team River Runner challenges and welcomes recently injured soldiers back into a community and fellowship that most of us thought we could never rejoin after our injuries. Even the most severely disabled, sometimes wheelchair-bound veteran is reminded again that he CAN recover and excel at a sport again. This sense of hope is absolutely essential to emotionally recovering from the devastating injuries that many of us have suffered.”

Captain (P) Daniel Gade, U.S. Army, April 2006.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) ( at least four times as many soldiers have been wounded during "Operation Iraqi Freedom", "Operation New Dawn" and "Operation Enduring Freedom" then have been killed. It is important to the staff at both PSE and that these veteran's service is saluted by the community that they defended. This event will host Laurett Ellsworth (, crowned Mrs. America 2002 and has gone on to do more than her share for the community. Local restaurants are donating food and a silent auction of donated items will be held.

How You Can Help Salute Our Soldiers

Our veterans have sacrificed so much to support what many regard as the American Dream. We ask that you show your appreciation by sponsoring our quest to aid some of the most giving citizens and their families. Attached is a form with levels to indicate our sponsorship structure, although every little bit helps. We thank you in advance for saluting your Troops!

To Sponsor or Contact Us with Questions:

The Pittsburgh Social Exchange; P.O. Box 2932, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Matt Butter:; (412) 527-5148

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