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The American Freedom Foundation's first venture into Huntsville on May 5th was a rousing success!  In partnership with Still Serving Veterans (SSV), we were able to raise $30,000 for SSV, the Semper Fi Community Task Force and the North Alabama Veterans and Fraternal Organizations Coalition.  The evening started off with our reception that honored and recognized our sponsors starting with our Presenting Sponsor, Northrop Grumman.  We are extremely grateful to the many sponsors who made this event possibile.  Without our sponsors we would not be able to carry on the work of supporting and serving our Veterans, active duty military and military families.

The American Freedom Festival Huntsville kicked off with a great presentaton by the Redstone Arsenal color guard, national anthem singer, SPC Michelle Dykes and chaplain Colonel Douglas Kinder.  We are grateful for their participation in helping to make the event so meaningful.

SMA (R) Tilley welcomed the crowd who you could tell were eagerly awaiting the appearance of LONESTAR. After a rousing performance by the Jason Albert Band, SMA Tilley brought to the stage our AFF Huntsville event chairman, Mr. Joe Green.  Together they brought out Vice President of our Presenting Sponsor, Northrop Grumman, LTG (R) Kevin Campbell, to present our charitable contribution of the evening to Still Serving Veterans. Sheila McFerran and SSV Founder, Will Webb took the stage to receive $25,000 from the American Freedom Foundation on behalf of Northrop Grumman.  The audience showed their appreciation for the work of SSV with a standing ovation.

It couldn't happen any sooner for this audience. When LONESTAR took the stage the place went wild!  The band, celebrating its 20th anniversary of making hits and performing on stages throughout the world, launched into an unforgettable 75-minute set that included all of their many hit songs.  Their interaction with the audience was just what this crowd wanted with standing ovation after standing ovation . . . showing their appreciation. After a second encore, SMA Tilley joined the group on stage to thank the audience for supporting the American Freedom Festival Huntsville and our Veterans, active duty military and military families.

We all look forward to creating a tradition with the 2nd Annual American Freedom Festival Huntsville in 2013!~