Gary Sinise Foundation

Tom Dreesen

Tom Dreesen

Dreesen has made over 500 appearances on national television as a stand-up comedian, including more than 60 appearances on The Tonight Show. He is a favorite guest of David Letterman, and frequently hosts the show in Letterman's absence. For 13 years he toured the country opening for Frank Sinatra, and has appeared countless times in Las Vegas, Tahoe, Reno and Atlantic City. Dreesen is currently appearing to rave reviews around the country in his one-man show "An Evening Of Laughter and Memories of Sinatra." Dreesen's comic style is down-to-earth, warm and unpretentious.

Dreesen has also made an indelible mark with his philanthropic activities. For 30 years he has lent his talent to over 100 charities, and founded a "Day for Darlene" to benefit Multiple Sclerosis Research. A proud veteran of the United States Navy, he continues to perform for US troops all over the world, and recently appeared at numerous bases in Iraq. Tom Dreesen's hometown of Harvey, Illinois named a street after him. He was a 2005 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

“If it wasn't for the United States Military there would be no United States of America. Plain and Simple. They sacrificed for us and now we must do all we can for them. The Gary Sinise Foundation has and continues to do an outstanding service to our returning disabled veterans by building them 'Smart Homes' so they can move about freely with dignity. I am honored to be a GSF Ambassador.”

— Tom Dreesen