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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Freedom Festival


Freedom Festival Honors United States Military
Barrington event offers creative & fun ways to honor, support and thank the troops

Barrington, Illinois, October 12, 2004 – We-Do-Care.org , a not-for-profit organization created to support the brave men and women of the United States military, is proud to announce details for the Barrington Freedom Festival on Saturday October 23, 2004 to honor and thank America’s troops.

The Freedom Festival will be held, rain or shine, from noon to 3:00pm at Langendorf Park, 235 Lions Drive, Barrington, Illinois. Admission is free and families are encouraged to attend.

We-Do-Care is partnering with a number of not-for-profit organizations that provide support and services to troops and their families. The Festival will showcase opportunities to show your support by sending care packages through the USO of Illinois, adopting a front line soldier through Soldiers' Angels, donate blood with LifeSource, donate school supplies to Operation Iraqi Children, and many more.

“We are delighted to help pull our community together and demonstrate support for our troops,’ said Dirk Beveridge, president of We-Do-Care, “The response from the community, event supporters and the volunteer performers like Sally Mudd and Keni Thomas has been great. We hope everyone will come, enjoy some fine entertainment and let our troops know, “we do care” in Barrington and Illinois.”

Kevin Matthews, WCKG radio personality, will be serving as emcee for the event, and will be joined on stage by local leaders, military veterans recently returned from duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere who will share some of their experiences.

In organizing the Freedom Festival, We-Do-Care volunteers found a high degree of community and group interest in participating in an event to thank the troops.

“We are thrilled our community has come up with a positive and uplifting way to acknowledge the great sacrifice our brave men and women in the service are making for the cause of freedom” said Barrington resident Kimberly Pesavento.

We Do Care registered the Freedom Festival as an official Operation Tribute to Freedom event. Events such as the Freedom Festival help the American people learn more about the Soldiers and the military that defends them. It also provides events, celebrations and activities to demonstrate public appreciation for American men and women in uniform
and reinforce the bond between the citizenry and the military. Operation Tribute to Freedom began as a Department of Defense effort, and is now managed by the Army.

“The efforts by the We Do Care volunteers, their support and all the people participating in the Freedom Festival is great,” said Dennis Coll, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Northern Illinois and former Barrington resident, “ I know from having served and now supporting our Soldiers in my current position, how important events like these are in letting our troops know the American people really care.”

A detailed list of events and activities can be found at

About We Do Care
We Do Care (
http://www.we-do-care.org/) is a not-for-profit organization founded by Barrington-area residents to support the brave men and women of the United States military.

Media are invited to attend and cover the Freedom Festival. We-Do-Care will be operating a media contact point at the We-Do-Care tent and military public affairs officers will be on site to assist with interviews and questions.

Media Contacts

Dirk Beveridge
Cell 847-910-0269
Work 847-381-7797
Home 847-910-0269

Karen Boccabella
Home 847-381-9817
Cell 847-204-9164

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