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WHAT:         Christmas in July Send-off Event, which celebrates the completion of Liberty USO’s Christmas in July program—when 1,000 care packages will be delivered to local Pennsylvania and New Jersey National Guard troops serving overseas.

WHEN:         Thursday, June 26, 2014

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:       SugarHouse Casino

1001 North Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19125

WHO:           Joseph Brooks, President & COO, Liberty USO

COL. Marc Ferraro, Chief of Staff, Pennsylvania National Guard

Wendy Hamilton, General Manager, SugarHouse Casino

Active Duty Service Men and Women in Uniform

VISUALS:     Attendees assembling care packages for troops

100 completed care packages ready to be shipped overseas

Military vehicles

Donor organizations receiving folded flag and coin

 The United Service Organization of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, Liberty USO, will host the Christmas in July Send-off Event in culmination of the Christmas in July program. The Send-off Event will include the assembly of Philly Fun boxes contributed by SugarHouse Casino, which features items such as Tastykakes, mini pretzels, SugarHouse blankets and Frisbees.

In addition, a special ceremony will take place after the care packages are assembled, with speakers from Liberty USO, SugarHouse Casino and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.

Although it’s only June right now, Liberty USO will ship the care packages to local Pennsylvania and New Jersey National Guard troops deployed in Afghanistan, with the boxes set to arrive in July. Liberty USO designed these care packages to improve the quality of life for soldiers deployed overseas. Each package includes items to provide a moment’s rest from our soldiers’ duties.

Nine donor organizations each committed to collecting and packaging 100 care packages. All organizations also donated $1,000 each to cover the costs of shipping. A representative from all nine groups will receive a folded flag and coin at the event in recognition of their participation.

RSVP:          For security reasons all media must RSVP to Allie Artur at 267-738-0017 (cell) or

About Liberty USO:

For nearly seven decades, the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, Inc. (Liberty USO) has served the needs of active duty, National Guard and reserve military personnel and their families.  Liberty USO’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families.  In short, Liberty USO is the bridge between the civilian population and our service members.  In times of war and peace, Liberty USO has delivered its special brand of support, comfort, morale boosting, and recreational activities to service members and their families. Liberty USO is now, and always will be, about our troops. Wherever and whenever they go, the USO will be there, until every one comes home.

About SugarHouse Casino:

SugarHouse, which opened in September 2010 as Philly’s casino, features 1,606 slots, up to 62 table games, fun and unique dining options, riverfront views and free on-site parking. The casino employs approximately 1,100 people, and for three consecutive years has been voted “Best Place to Work” in the Philadelphia Business Journal and a “Top Workplace” from For more information, visit


Allie Artur

For SugarHouse Casino

267-738-0017 (cell)