I’m excited to announce that for every apple pie purchased at Dog Tag Bakery during March, 100% of the proceeds will benefit Blue Star Families. This is a great way to be a Blue Star Neighbor – share a Dog Tag Bakery apple pie for your neighborhood military family!
Tommy McFly reports on the 5th Anniversary Celebration of Blue Star Families.
I was deeply honored to be a co-chair of last night’s celebration of the 5th anniversary of Blue Star Families, the largest and fastest growing military family engagement organization in the nation. My fellow co-chair was Sheila Casey, Chairman of the BSF Board of Directors and Chief Operating Officer of The Hill. The event was emceed by Bob Woodruff, ABC News anchor and author of In an Instant.
The event gave special recognition to The Creative Coalition for its efforts to promote resilience and suicide prevention among the military community. CEO Robin Bronk and President and actor Tim Daly lead this coalition and we were honored to recognize their work. Last night’s event also put attention on First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces initiative, and we recognized Mark Johnson, 2015 Blue Star Neighbor of the Year.
I was also proud to have apple pies from Dog Tag Bakery at the event for guests to enjoy! And there’s more good news: for every apple pie purchased at Dog Tag Bakery during March, 100% of the proceeds will benefit Blue Star Families. This is a great way to be a Blue Star Neighbor – share a Dog Tag Bakery apple pie for your neighborhood military family!
Since its inception in 2009, BSF has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and served more than 1.5 million military family members annually, including wounded and transitioning service members and their loved ones. BSF has also activated more than 26 million hours of community service to build leaders within and strengthen the military community, and connected Americans with their military. The worldwide membership includes military spouses, children, parents, and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians.
BSF programs include Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corps, Caregivers Empowering Caregivers, Blue Star Careers, and Military Family Lifestyle Survey. These programs depend on the partnership of caring civilian organizations, institutions, and individuals.
It was a busy weekend in Washington, D.C., as politicians and celebrities gathered to attend the annual White House Correspondents Weekend, which is made up of a number of events, both before and after the official dinner, highlighting journalistic excellence and causes that are making a significant different in people’s lives.
This year’s Annual Garden Brunch highlighted two causes important to many individuals in the Nation’s Capitol, Dog Tag Bakery and Blue Star Families. Connie Milstein, a Washington, D.C. local, businesswoman and philanthropist, serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Blue Star Families and is a founding partner of Dog Tag Bakery. Father Curry, a professor in the Catholic Studies Department at Georgetown University is the bakery’s other founding partner. Guests were asked to make a contribution to Dog Tag Bakery, which will open its first location in Georgetown this year.
Dog Tag Bakery is an organization that will support and educate disabled veterans and their spouses and help them make the often difficult transition back into normal life. The 4,200 sq. ft. building will include a retail location for the bakery and café, a production and baking area, meeting and training rooms, and office space. Participants in the program will take entrepreneurship and businesses management classes at Georgetown University in addition to the hands-on-education at the bakery.
“I’m proud of the work we’re doing to launch this exciting project,” Connie wrote, “and I was honored to have our efforts recognized over the weekend at the Garden Brunch to celebrate White House Correspondents Weekend in Washington, D.C. It was great to be a part of an event that pays tribute to the men and women who serve our country during this high profile weekend.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Blue Star Families and Toyota made an exciting announcement at a Hiring Our Heroes military spouse job fair held at Camp Pendleton (Calif.) on Tuesday. Attendees learned about Career Spark, a first-of-its-kind online tool that will help military spouses build a robust resume and jumpstart their career. After completing the step-by-step resume building process, spouses can choose to make their resumes searchable by thousands of employers nationwide.
“While members of the military put on the uniform, they are not the only ones who serve,” said Gabrielle Giffords, former Congresswoman, military spouse, and honorary chairwoman of the Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Employment Advisory Council. “Military spouses are some of the strongest and most qualified candidates an employer could ask for. Career Spark will provide a valuable tool to help them build their careers.”
Career Spark gives military spouses confidence in their unique skills and helps them translate previous experience, like volunteering, into practical work knowledge. The tool can also reveal new job opportunities that military spouses may not have previously considered. Additionally, their resume is shared with virtual networks to show them jobs they can maintain through military movies or when transition out of active-duty service.
Connie Milstein, a Blue Star Families Board Member, has worked tirelessly to support active duty military members, their families, and veterans. Her most recent endeavor, Dog Tag Bakery, helps veterans and their spouses learn valuable skills while working at the Georgetown-based bakery and attended night classes focusing on entrepreneurship and running a business.