Temecula Approves Lt Dan

Temecula City Council Unanimously Approves “Lt. Dan Benefit Concert” for Town Square Plaza on March 1 After Hearing Heartfelt Proposal from Actor Gary Sinise

Money Raised Will Help Build a “Smart Home” in Temecula for Cpl. Juan Dominguez, Who’s a Triple-Amputee from Injuries Sustained in Afghanistan Tickets go on Sale Wednesday, January 11th

January 11, 2012. Temecula, California. Following a detailed presentation by actor Gary Sinise—who once played the character of “Lt. Dan” who lost both of his legs in battle—the Temecula City Council unanimously agreed on Tuesday to give Sinise, and his “Lt. Dan Band,” permission to perform a concert at the Town Square City Plaza.

The “Lt. Dan Benefit Concert” will take place on Thursday, March 1. Tickets go on sale Jan. 11 at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main St, by going to the website TemeculaTheater.org, or by calling (866)653-8696. Ticket prices will range from $35 and range up to $150 for VIP seating. Monetary donations towards building the Juan Dominguez Home will also be accepted through the Tunnel to Towers Foundation (718) 987-1931. Donations made through the Foundation are 100% tax deductible.

Money raised from ticket sales will go to build a “smart home” for 27-year-old Cpl. Juan Dominguez, who became a triple amputee as a result of injuries sustained in Afghanistan. He has chosen Temecula as the city where he wants to live with his 9-year-old daughter Victoria. His “smart home” is specially designed to be equipped with every state-of-the-art feature possible, to allow him to live independently.

In 2011, The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation partnered in efforts to build Smart Homes for 3 Quadruple Amputees. In 2012 they have partnered on 9 additional homes for very severely wounded warriors from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To date they have completed one home for SPC. Brendan Marrocco on June 11, 2011, in Staten Island, NY, and broke ground on October 26, at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, for CPL. Todd Nicely’s smart home. This year they will start raising funds for homes in Brooklyn, NY, Albany, NY, Ararat, VA, Columbia, MO, Atlanta, GA, Marrietta, OH and Whitehall, PA.

The concert is a key part of the joint fundraising effort by The Gary Sinise Foundation and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation (named in honor of the firefighter who perished on 9/11 and chaired by former NY Mayor Rudolph Giuliani) to give Dominguez his wish.

Says Sinise, “All of us at The Gary Sinise Foundation and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation are grateful to the Temecula City Council for supporting our ‘Building For America’s Bravest’ Program. This concert will give us the opportunity to honor Juan’s heroism by raising funds to build a special home that will help to enable him to lead the best life possible with his daughter.”

Adds Frank Siller, Chairman of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, “We can’t thank the wonderful members of the City Council and Mayor Washington enough, for the privilege of holding a concert in their beautiful city to help a true American hero.”

HD Video Download: ftp://ftp.cityoftemecula.org Username: Media, Password: Medi@ 
Use the above FTP information to download video from Temecula City Council Meeting Pitch as well as B-Roll from the Tunnel to Towers Foundation Run and Gary Sinise in Concert with Lt. Dan Band. 
Fast Facts:

  • Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez lost both legs and his right arm on Oct. 23, 2010 when he slipped down a small embankment and landed on a buried 30-40 lb. bomb in Afghanistan.
  • During his recuperation, he has undergone 23 surgeries, and spent five months in the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD and Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington DC.
  • He is presently an out-patient at the U.S. Naval Medical Center in San Diego.
  • The Gary Sinise Foundation is dedicated to serving the Nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. For more information, go to GarySiniseFoundation.org.
  • The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, best known for its annual Tunnel to Towers Run at Ground Zero in New York City, is committed to building specially-adapted “smart homes” for the most seriously wounded U.S. service personnel through its “Building for America’s Bravest” program. For more information, go to TunneltoTowers.org.