AMERICAN FREEDOM FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH "GOT YOUR BACK NETWORK" FOR AMERICAN FREEDOM FESTIVAL SAN DIEGO

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AMERICAN FREEDOM FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH GOT YOUR BACK NETWORK FOR AMERICAN FREEDOM FESTIVAL SAN DIEGO


LCDR ANDREW BALDWIN’S GOT YOUR BACK NETWORK WILL HONOR MILITARY FAMILIES OF THE FALLEN AT ANNUAL FUNDRAISER


SAN DIEGO, CA – The American Freedom Foundation announces a new partnership with LCDR Andrew Baldwin’s Got Your Back Network at the 2ND  annual American Freedom Festival San Diego presented by SKYDEX to be held on May 28 at 7:30 p.m. aboard the USS Midway Museum.  The annual fundraising event  features Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins with special guest, the U.S. Army’s own, Rena Marie Cunningham.   In support of their mission, AFF and Got Your Back Network will recognize and acknowledge 10 families who have lost loved ones while serving our country.  A very special ceremony is planned to take place during the evening.
For more information, please call (619) 398-8241 or visit www.midway.org/freedom  or www.americanfreedomfoundation.org.

About Kenny Loggins
A brilliant singer-songwriter and guitarist with a lifelong passion for exploring the endless power of the song to communicate, Kenny Loggins has had a most extraordinary career.  He has stood the test of time as a member of the legendary country rock duo, Loggins and Messina and with his astonishing work as a solo artist, enjoying hits in four straight decades.  This Grammy award winning artist is best know for songs such as “Danny’s Song” and “House At Pooh Corner” to “Celebrate Me Home” and “Keep The Fire (This is it)”.  His hits didn’t stop there as he teamed with Stevie Nicks on the monster hit, "Whenever I Call You Friend", Steve Perry on “Heart To Heart” and with Michael McDonald on the Grammy award winning Song of the Year, “What A Fool Believes”.  His success as a solo artist grew to even greater heights thanks to massive smashes like "I'm Alright" (from Caddyshack), "Footloose" (from Footloose), "Danger Zone" (from Top Gun), and "Nobody's Fool" (from Caddyshack II).

About Rena Marie Cunningham
One would be hard pressed to find a more compelling story than that of Rena Marie Cunningham.  Taken into foster care as a baby and adopted at 4 years, she quickly learned to adjust to her surroundings  - being 1 of 12 children.  At a very early age, she found music as a solace and began singing and writing poems.  She won her first award at the age of 9 and went on to win many talent contests thereafter.   Her grandfather became a great influence in her life and inspired her to pursue her music and be all she can be.  His last wish before his death in 2008 was for Rena to join the military.  She became a member of the US Army that year and went on to hold various leadership positions.  In 2010, Rena was cast as one of the lead performer in the U. S. Army’s “Soldier Show,” performing songs by Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys and Nora Jones.  Her past experiences include the supporting role of “Star To Be” in the 2007 music production "Annie” and the lead role of “Reno Sweeny” in the 2008 music production "Anything Goes”.  Rena currently serve as Private First Class in the Indiana National Guard.

About LCDR Andrew Baldwin, MD
U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Andrew Baldwin, M.D. is a physician, humanitarian, U.S. Navy diver and media personality currently serving as a family medicine resident at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in Southern California.  In addition to serving as a spokesman and advocate for Navy medicine, LCDR Baldwin currently serves as an advocate for the Let's Move Campaign headed by First Lady Michelle Obama.  A graduate of Duke University on a full Navy ROTC scholarship, LCDR Baldwin fullfilled his dream of becoming a physician having graduated from the University of California - San Francisco School of Medicine.  He went on to serve his operational duty in the Navy as an Undersea Medical Officer.  Among his numerous acknowledgements, Dr. Baldwin has been honored on the Washington D.C. Most Influential People under 40 list in 2009, and Outside Magazine's Top 100 Influential People of the World list in 2006 for the humanitarian work he did in Laos on a military mission where he treated over 600 Laotians in remote villages.  LCDR Baldwin has been featured in numerous media outlets including Men’s Health Magazine, GQ Magazine, Runners World, and Triathlete Magazine.  His television appearances are extensive including interviews on Good Morning America, The View, and FOX News as well as a special guest appearance on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition.  Dr. Baldwin was also the star of ABC hit show, "The Bachelor: An Officer and a Gentleman".

About Got Your Back Network
Founded by LCDR Andrew Baldwin, M.D. in 2009, Got Your Back Network connects with military families who have lost a spouse or parent while serving our country. Their mission is to give comfort, answer a special need, offer guidance and bring a brighter day.  Through diverse coordinated events along with one on one interactions with corporate executives, politicians, professional athletes, and entertainers, Got Your Back Network provides the avenue for the children of the fallen to learn and be inspired by the most successful leaders of our generation.  In the last year the foundation has created and has been involved in events with the New Jersey Nets, Disney World, the GI film festival and the Miss American Pagent in Las Vegas.  This Spring GYBN will be presenting the Third Annual Martinis and Makeovers in DC.  Capitalizing on the extensive networks created by the founder, and leadership of the foundation, within the entertainment and professional sports industries, Got Your Back Network will organize many special events and mentorship activities in the future.

About The American Freedom Foundation, Inc.
The American Freedom Foundation, Inc. mission is to honor the men and women of America’s armed forces and raise awareness for their service and sacrifice and raise money for organizations that serve and support our veterans, active duty military and their families.  Special emphasis is directed to the welfare of those wounded in action, those disabled and the families and children of those killed in action in conflicts throughout the world.  Throughout their short history, the American Freedom Foundation has made grants in excess of $700,000 to over 30 military organizations.  The American Freedom Festivals are a series of concert events that take place across the country featuring music performers, actors, athletes, dignitaries and other supporters, joining together to help support and fulfill the mission of the American Freedom Foundation, Inc.

Ticket Information: Tickets for the American Freedom Festival San Diego on May 28 at 7:30 p.m. are $129 (Limited Number of Gold Circle – which will include preferred seating and autographed Kenny Loggins CD/Poster);  $79 (General Admission);  $69 (Midway Member);  $30 (Military)

Tickets go on sale April 1 and will be available through the USS Midway box office and online at www.midway.org/freedom  or at www.americanfreedomfoundation.org.

Military tickets are available through the Military Ticket Program.  Check with your local Military Ticket Office for availability or call (619) 767-6000 for a location nearest you.

Facebook: USSMidwayMuseum   and    AmericanFreedomFoundation

Twitter: @ussmidwaymuseum   and    @amfrfoundation
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Media Contacts:
Ted Hacker
American Freedom Foundation, Inc.
(615) 330-9394
iammgt@mindspring.com

Vanessa Pineda-Ruiz
USS Midway Museum
(619) 398-8251
VPineda-Ruiz@midway.org

Mandi Davis (for Kenny Loggins)
Moir / Borman Entertainment
(310) 656-3150
mandi@moirborman.com

Victor Marten Hurtado (for Rena Marie Cunningham)
CAMMO
(202) 380-9401
vhurtado@martenvee.com

Ali Koppel (for LCDR Andrew Baldwin, M.D.)
Got Your Back Network
avaleskak@yahoo.com
(858) 405-2174