Posted On 16 May 2017
On Friday, May 12th, the Gary Sinise Foundation hosted their inaugural completely free “Concert For Defenders” event.
Located at the Jackie Robinson Stadium Parking Lot at the West Los Angeles VA Hospital, the program began promptly at 6:30pm. It included performances by singer-songwriter Five For Fighting, pop singer and actress Katharine McPhee and well-known actor Gary Sinise & his Lt. Dan Band. Several food trucks also lined the perimeter of the event.
According to their website, “the Gary Sinise Foundation, serves our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.”
All Access was happy to attend the event with the organization Pin-Ups For Vets. This non-profit raises funds to improve Veterans’ healthcare, donates funds to VA hospitals for medical equipment and program expansion. They create Pin-Up calendars and hand-deliver them to Veterans at their bedside in VA hospitals around the U.S.
Along with all the music, several speakers also spoke on stage about their experience with Veterans organizations and the importance of coming together at events like this one.
The crowd was incredibly happy and eager to see all three acts perform. Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band really got the crowd going with their covers of hits from Bruno Mars, Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Dave Matthews Band, The Who, Stevie Wonder, The Charlie Daniels Band, Andy Grammer, The Andrew Sisters and a whole lot more! The Lt. Dan Band is full of amazing musicians and their energy was intoxicating. The audience was eager to dance along to their tunes.
Learn more about the Gary Sinise Foundation here: https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/
Learn more about Pin-Ups For Vets here: https://www.pinupsforvets.com
Check out our All Access interview with Five For Fighting here: https://music.allaccess.com/grammy-award-nominated-artist-john-ondrasik-of-five-for-fighting-opens-up-about-composing-music-for-tv-his-influences-and-his-favorite-songs/
Check out our All Access interview with Katharine McPhee here: https://music.allaccess.com/american-idol-alum-current-scorpion-star-and-pop-singer-katharine-mcphee-talks-new-album-smash-scorpion-and-what-experience-has-taught-her-the-most/