Well, we've just passed the midway mark of production for Season 9 of CSI: NY. It's hard to believe just how quickly this year has gone by. I'd like to take a moment to tell you about two very exciting events that took place October 19th and 20th.
CSI:NY Midseason Bash
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Many fans don't know that there are literally hundreds of folks responsible for making CSI: NY possible. Every department, from set design to wardrobe to camera and lighting has dozens of people working hard day-in and day-out. So to show our appreciation, each year the producers and I throw a Mid-Season Bash to celebrate having made it halfway through another season.
This year's bash was our biggest yet. As I do each year, I brought my band in for a stage show and our amazing CSI: NY special effects crew provided fireworks, pyrotechnics and an enormous LED display. Our friends at Anheuser Bush and Limelight Catering treated folks to food and refreshments. And of course, the Gary Sinise Foundation tent was setup to sell merchandise and raise awareness of our mission -- we raised more than $3,000 and added over sixty new members. All in all, it was a great success and it sure looked like everyone had as much fun as I did.
Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA – Appreciation Day
The very next day, the Gary Sinise Foundation proudly presented a day-long festival to honor the wounded warriors, their families and the caretakers of the U.S. Naval Medical Center in San Diego. The band and I performed for the wonderful crowd gathered there as families enjoyed moon bounces, face painting, an appearance by Cirque du Soleil's street team, and some delicious barbecue from Chef Robert Irvine.
The hospital is a leader in the medical field, and I have the utmost respect for the remarkable work of their kind, caring staff. Our festival was organized to offer our gratitude for their dedication, as well as to the incredible sacrifices made by the wounded warriors in their care. You can read more about our celebration in this article from the L.A. Times.
As always, I'd like to thank each of you for your continued support. It means everything to me.