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The weather is looking cool and comfortable for today’s Stephen Curry ThanksUSA Golf Tournament! Friends and supporters of ThanksUSA will have an enjoyable day at the Presidio Golf Club in San Francisco. Stephen Curry/ThanksUSA Scholarship recipient, Maria Barrameda will open the day’s events by speaking of her educational pursuits and how two consecutive ThanksUSA scholarships have helped her meet the ever-increasing financial demands of higher education. You can get updates throughout the day by following our Twitter account and photos will be posted later in the week on our Facebook page.

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Dear Friends of ThanksUSA:

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of the Vice President, are calling on all Americans to “join forces” in supporting military families. The First Lady challenged “every segment of American society not to simply say thank you but to mobilize, take action and make a real commitment to supporting our military families.”

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As a friend of ThanksUSA, you are part of this important national effort. We want to thank you for your support.
Our sixth year of scholarship applications opened on April 1, with a May 15 application deadline. Please spread the word to your friends who might be interested in applying.

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The appeal of ThanksUSA’s mission has attracted an amazing array of supporters and new requests to partner on innovative fund-raising campaigns. We have partnered with fundraiser Mobile Cause to let people securely donate $10 directly from their mobile phones by text messaging our unique keyword, THANKSUSA, to the number 85944. For more information, please see our website.

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ThanksUSA also enjoys continued support from some remarkable corporations and foundations for events and named scholarships. Our updates below show that there is something for everyone involved with ThanksUSA during 2011, whether they are music lovers, tennis buffs, yoga students, golf enthusiasts, basketball fans, coffee drinkers, or people who just love elegant gatherings that support a great mission.

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Basketball Star Stephan Curry is ThanksUSA’s National Spokesperson!
ThanksUSA’s enthusiastic new national spokesperson, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, is launching a Twitter campaign about ThanksUSA soon and sponsoring a fundraising golf tournament this fall on the Warriors’ home turf near San Francisco. He’ll also take ThanksUSA’s message to people across the country through public service announcements and community outreach.

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Hill Bros. Coffee Launches Hometown Heroes Program to Support ThanksUSA
Hills Bros. Coffee (HBC) has launched the “Hill Bros. Homefront Heroes” campaign that will raise funds for at least 10 ThanksUSA scholarships (with a possibility of up to 50). The campaign runs through March 31, 2012. The company is encouraging consumers to buy specially marked Hill Bros. Coffee and go to a website to register the codes inside the containers. Hills Bros. will donate 10 ThanksUSA scholarships to military families for every 100,000 online supporters. Look for the special displays where Hill Bros. coffee is sold.

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Bikram Yoga Studios Join Forces with ThanksUSA During May
Bikram “hot yoga” studios will join forces with ThanksUSA during May, Military Appreciation Month, to raise funds for our scholarship program. Studios will conduct special fund-raising activities and encourage students to donate individually to support ThanksUSA. This effort was designed by Alexandria, Va.-based Bikram instructor Jim Ambrogi, a wounded veteran of Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, who has used Bikram yoga to help him recover from debilitating wounds. Learn more at Bikram Salutes Military Families.

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USPTA’s ‘Tennis Thanks Our Troops’ over Memorial Day Weekend Will Raise Funds for ThanksUSA
The U.S. Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) will encourage tennis pros from across the Mid-Atlantic region to join their students, members and guests on Memorial Day weekend in donating a portion of lesson revenue and activity fees to ThanksUSA. Companies that want to sponsor can match up to $50,000 of the funds raised by USPTA. Look for significant promotion via flyers, press releases, websites, Facebook, Twitter and Google.
We hope you will visit www.ThanksUSA.org for additional news and information and will stay in touch with us. We are grateful for your interest and support!

Sincerely,

Michele Stork
Executive Director
ThanksUSA

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NBA’s STEPHEN CURRY PSA RELEASED NATIONWIDE

March 17, 2011, McLean, VA – NBA basketball star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors makes his debut this month as the national spokesperson for ThanksUSA, an organization that provides millions of dollars in scholarship aid to America’s military families.

March marks the nationwide release of Curry’s first ThanksUSA Public Service Announcement (PSA), a profound commitment of his caring heart, talents and skills. The 23-year-old Warriors point guard credits his own dreams and successes to a college award: “With my own scholarship I got a great education and an amazing career. That’s why I support ThanksUSA.”

ThanksUSA awards needs-based scholarships to children and spouses of active-duty members of the military across all services, including the Reserves and the National Guard, for college, university, vocational or technical schools. Since its inception in 2005, the non-profit, non-partisan charitable effort has awarded 2,200 scholarships, totaling more than $6 million, to military families in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“This is a winning combination for our organization,” said ThanksUSA executive director Michele Stork, in announcing the release of the first PSA in the Curry campaign. “With Stephen Curry on our team, we will be able to thank many, many more military families with the gift of education.”

Curry continues to stack up win after win in his NBA career. In February, he not only triumphed, but dominated, in the 2011 All-Star Skills Challenge that rocked the Los Angeles Staples Center. The seventh overall selection by the Warriors in the 2009 NBA Draft, Curry also ranks second on the team in scoring (18.8 ppg) and first in assists (5.8). The Charlotte, NC native finished second in the NBA Rookie of the Year balloting last season while averaging 17.5 ppg and led all rookies in assists, steals, 3-point percentage and free throw percentage.

Curry calls on all Americans to help military families win, as well, with support from ThanksUSA. “With these scholarships,” Curry says in his media appeal, “the spouses and children of our troops are getting an education that would otherwise be out of reach … Your support can help them win. And win big!”

On April 1, ThanksUSA begins its sixth year of accepting applications for scholarships Applicants will find eligibility requirements and the link for the online application at www.ThanksUSA.org on that day. Applications will then be accepted from April 1 through May 15, 2011.

For more information and to support ThanksUSA’s scholarship fund, please visit www.ThanksUSA.org.

About ThanksUSA

Founded in the fall of 2005, ThanksUSA, a non-partisan 501(c) (3) organization, is an effort to thank the men and women of our armed forces and their families for their service to the country with the gift of education. The organization provides need-based, posts-secondary education opportunities to the children and spouses of active-duty status military personnel through competitive scholarships. For more information, visit http://www.ThanksUSA.org.

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This past week, ThanksUSA had the pleasure of welcoming two of our outstanding scholarship recipients to Washington, D.C. to meet with ThanksUSA supporters. I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to Katherine Whitmore (Hardin-Simmons University) and Bailey Smith (Mississippi State University) for representing ThanksUSA!

While in DC, Bailey and Katherine enjoyed a luncheon with military personnel and ThanksUSA supporters. They also attended the Golden State Warriors vs Washington Wizards basketball game and witnessed ThanksUSA spokesperson, Stephen Curry, in action. Make sure to join us on Facebook for event updates and photos.

Also of note this past week is the artwork of ThanksUSA scholar, Joan Brice-Guyer. Brice’s father recently published a book titled The Circle of Chairs. The cover features artwork that Brice completed in High School.

You can also view Brice’s most recent artwork at her SecretWorld online gallery. Thanks for sharing, Brice! If you are a current or former ThanksUSA scholarship recipient, I’d love to hear from you and update our supporters on your current studies, employment, or philanthropic endeavors. I can be reached directly at sherrykoch@thanksusa.org or you can always leave a comment on this blog.

Reminder to everyone interested in the ThanksUSA scholarship program: applications for the 2011/2012 academic year will be accepted between April 1 and May 15, 2011. ThanksUSA scholarships are awarded annually, so a new application is required each year. To register for an email reminder, please click here. If you are interested in supporting our outstanding scholars, your donations are always appreciated!

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