Operation "Top Gun for Fun" to benefit local soldiers

VILLA HILLS, KY (FOX 19) - The Americans Supporting America ("ASA") Adopt-A-Unit Committee of Crescent Springs and Villa Hills is sponsoring "Operation Top Fun for the Top Guns," an evening of comedy benefiting the 1-320th Field Artillery Regiment's Homecoming Ball.

The show is set to take place on Saturday, May 21st, 2011 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Crescent Springs/Villa Hills Fire House at 777 Overlook Drive, Crescent Springs, KY. The Homecoming Ball will take place later in the year, in July.

Currently, soldiers from the ASA Adopt-A-Unit are completing their fourth tour of duty, this time in Afghanistan. It is a custom that when soldiers return from a tour of duty, a Homecoming Ball is held. However, all too often many of soldiers have to miss this celebration and morale-building event because of the expense.

Organizers of the benefit say that ALL of their 101st Airborne "Top Gun" soldiers should be able to attend the Homecoming Ball without expense. To make that happen they say they are committed to raising $16,000 for the 500 soldiers of the Battalion to do just that. Some soldiers from the 1-320th will be in town on May 20th and 21st, and will be special guests at "Operation Top Fun for the Top Guns."

Julie Schuler and Jane Terrell are co-liaisons of the Villa Hills ASA Adopt-A-Unit committee. According to Schuler, "If we reach our goal, we will be able to pay the admission for every single soldier of the 101st Airborne Battalion based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky to attend. Our country is deeply indebted to our military soldiers, true leaders of men and women, who are willing to put their lives on the line each and every day to protect our fundamental right of freedom."

Jane Terrell added, "Our soldiers have spent another long year away from home and family. They do this voluntarily, and I am so grateful. Helping to pay for their Homecoming Ball seems inadequate compared to the sacrifices they have made, but it's our small way of saying "thank you" for keeping us safe."

The Crescent Springs/Villa Hills Fire and EMS Department has donated the use of the Fire House for the show. The show will feature local comedians: Loraine Braun, Tim Collins, Thomas Cox, Dave Hyden and Kim Sherwood.

Tim Collins, one of the comics scheduled to perform on the 21st said, "As a comedian and a veteran, I am thrilled and honored to be included in "Operation Top Fun for the Top Guns". I've performed at numerous comedy charity events, but have honestly never been so excited about a show. Our troops and their families do so much for our nation every day and are so deserving of our support. And, after all, everyone needs a good laugh! So, I'LL bring the "funny" and YOU bring the "money"! OK. I'll bring some of that too!"

Comedian Thomas Cox added, "My father served in the Marines for 27 years and did two tours in Viet Nam. My son is serving in the Marines, with one tour in Afghanistan. Now it's my turn to serve the military with some laughs!"

Organizers promise the show will be PG-Clean, however, the event is for ages 18 and up. There will also be cash bar, snacks and raffles.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling Jane Terrell (859) 341-2431 or Julie Schuler (859) 331-7116.

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