Like most people, I was shocked and outraged by the terrorist attacks on
September 11, 2001. I was particularly distraught to learn that my hometown of
Middletown, New Jersey lost 34 residents in the destruction of the World Trade
Center. This was the greatest loss by any community in America outside of the
five boroughs of New York City on that terrible day.
As a former naval officer, I did not want to just sit back and only mourn our
nation's losses. My first thought was to rejoin the Navy, but that was not in
the cards. But why not take action to again help all the branches of our Armed
My entire television career has been in Los Angeles. I'm an active member of the
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and have served on five dynamic
committees. How could I harness the talents and assets of Hollywood and support
the dedicated servicemen and women who keep our nation safe?
For Your Consideration Screener tapes! Find a way to get these exceptional
television programs that are sent out to thousands of Academy members who vote
for the Emmy Awards into the hands of our deserving service personnel far from
home. Concerned members hated to throw away their creative efforts and there was
no plan in place for their use after viewing. Extensive effort was undertaken in
acquiring the permission of production companies to extend the life of these
"for your consideration" programs. The membership of the Television Academy has
been extremely helpful and now Project: Hollywood Cares is distributing these
DVDs thru our command support program so they can be enjoyed by America's
protectors, the brave and dedicated men and women of the Armed Forces.
That was the beginning of Project: Hollywood Cares over six years ago. The idea
has really taken off and now has the additional support and contributions of the
motion picture, record and video game industries as our large
entertainment libraries also contain feature films, video games and music CDs.
Their participation completes the total involvement of the
With both the continued support and contributions of the entertainment industry
and concerned citizens Project: Hollywood Cares will continue it's tremendous
success and extreme popularity with our troops stationed in harms way. You'll be
providing a tremendous morale boost when our armed forces really NEED it the
Hollywood really does care! I hope you'll join the effort by contributing
dollars, DVDs, video games, CDs, gift cards and supportive letters of
appreciation & gratitude to our servicemen and women on the front lines.
The guardians of America's safety deserve our full support!