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April 17, 2009

Harborfest brings 'Thank A Service Member' to Oswego

TASM Coin. Harborfest and Sponsorship Committee Member, Peter Allen, have brought the 'Thank A Service Member' Campaign to Harborfest 2009. The TASM Campaign provides community members with the opportunity to recognize and pay tribute to our veterans and active duty military personnel by presenting them with the official TASM Campaign Coin. The two sided coin, pictured above, is exquisitely detailed and depicts land, air and sea graphics on the front and the official seals of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard on the back. In addition, the edge of the coin is engraved with the official mottos for the Army and Marine Corps and the predominant core values for the Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.


Oswego, NY - Harborfest invites community members, business leaders and civic organizations to 'Thank A Service Member.' Initiated by Harborfest Sponsorship Committee Member, Peter Allen, 'Thank A Service Member' (TASM) is a program designed to provide a tangible and lasting way to show your appreciation and gratitude for the service, dedication, courage, accomplishments, and sacrifices of our military men and women. "The TASM campaign is a mechanism by which everyone.Harborfest, its sponsors, and the community can express their gratitude and pay tribute to our veterans and active duty military members," explained Allen.

Allen said that the heart of the TASM program is the unique TASM Campaign Coin, which has been specifically designed to instill pride regardless of which branch of service the recipient may have served. The two sided coin is exquisitely detailed and depicts land, air and sea graphics on the front and the official seals of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard on the back. In addition, the edge of the coin is engraved with the official mottos for the Army and Marine Corps and the predominant core values for the Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The heirloom quality coin is almost 2" in diameter and features an antique brass finish.

By collaborating with the TASM program Harborfest is providing community members with an opportunity to recognize our local military personal and present them with a TASM Campaign Coin. "For every $20 in donations that we receive the donor will receive one official TASM Campaign Coin, in addition, a second TASM Campaign Coin will used for distribution at commemorative events that the TASM Campaign will hold throughout the country including a very special event honoring our area veterans and active duty military personnel as part of Harborfest 2009," explained Allen. "It is a wonderful opportunity that offers a number of sponsorship opportunities at a variety of levels from official event sponsor to coin sponsors. Coin sponsors will receive recognition throughout the year as the TASM Campaign hosts future events."

According to Allen, the TASM commemorative event will be held on Sunday, July 26th, during Harborfest 2009. "We intend to bring in as many area veterans and active duty personnel as possible so that we may pay tribute to them. There will be a number of distinguished guests and notable speakers, food and entertainment, and participation from all branches of the service. Our goal is to have enough coins sponsored so that we can give a TASM Campaign Coin to every service member whose hand we shake," said Allen.

To help reach that goal Allen is currently recruiting community members interested in volunteering their time to serve on Harborfest's TASM Campaign Committee. "We need committee members to help develop both the commemorative event and lay the groundwork for an ongoing campaign. We are looking for a cross section of community members, business leaders, and members of civic organizations who will bring with them enthusiasm for the program and a passion for the project," explained Allen.

John Scardella, President of the Board of Directors for Harborfest, is proud to be able to bring the TASM Campaign to Oswego. "As a proud father of a military member, I am pleased and honored to be able to offer the TASM Campaign to our community. It provides Harborfest, our sponsors, our civic organizations, and our community members with a unique opportunity to connect with the community in a very meaningful way while raising awareness of veterans issues and providing year round support for our military men and women. I encourage our community members to become involved with the TASM Campaign by helping us plan our commemorative event and sponsoring TASM Campaign Coins for our area veterans and active duty military personnel."

Supporters will receive one complimentary TASM Campaign Coin for every $20 donated. In addition a second TASM Campaign Coin will be distributed to veterans or active duty military personnel. "Donors will have the option of either giving their coins to military people they know, keeping them as a remembrance of a loved one who once served in the military, or donating to the TASM Campaign for distribution to other veterans and active duty military personnel," said Allen.

TASM Campaign Coins are available through donations online at www.tasm2.com or at the Harborfest office in the McCrobie Building on Lake Street in Oswego. For more information on the TASM Campaign, or to volunteer to serve on Harborfest's TASM Campaign Committee, you may contact Peter Allen via or call the Harborfest office at 343-6858.

Slated for July 23rd - 26th, the 2009 edition of Harborfest will feature plenty of food, fun and entertainment as venues on both Oswego's east and west sides will be used to deliver the excitement. A wide variety of entertainment will be featured on stages throughout the city of Oswego including, the Family / Children's stage at Fort Ontario, the Veteran's Stage at River Walk West, and the NRG Lakeview Stage in Breitbeck Park. On Saturday night, July 25th the Entergy Nuclear Fireworks Spectacular will take place at 9:30pm. Visit the Harborfest website at www.oswegoharborfest.com for the latest information regarding transportation options and performance schedules.


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