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Gary Sinise Foundation

Gary Sinise Foundation

Taps Central Florida to Launch First Chapter

To expand its mission of supporting active-duty military, veterans, first responders and family members, the Gary Sinise Foundation is setting up chapters across the country — starting with the first one, which was launched in August in Central Florida.

Named after its founder and chairman, actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise, the foundation selected Central Florida because it is home to the third-largest veteran population in the country. Additionally, the foundation has long had a presence in the region through its Snowball Express initiative, which takes the children and families of fallen military heroes on an annual trip to Walt Disney World Resort during the holidays.

“Serving, honoring, and raising the spirits of our nation’s defenders and their families is the very heartbeat of everything we do at GSF,” Sinise said. “And while I believe we can never do enough for them, we can always do a little more. With the launch of our first chapter, and with the support of our great team in Orlando, the Central Florida Chapter will expand this deep personal mission and call to action to ‘do a little more’ for our nation’s heroes.”

Karen Conners
Karen Conners

Karen Connors, tapped to serve as president of the Central Florida Chapter, had this to say: “It truly takes a village, and we couldn’t do this without the support of so many of our community members, including all of our local military, veterans, first responders, and their families. We are so grateful for all that you do to protect our community.”

Sinise is best known for his roles in films like Forrest Gump, Of Mice and Men, and Apollo 13, and TV shows including “CSI New York” and “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.”

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