What is Troopathon? Our History & Mission
Broadcast Live on NewsmaxTV and simulcast on www.Troopathon.org & Facebook Live
Troopathon is the only military care package telethon fundraiser supporting our active-duty troops with care packs in the country.
While there are many admirable groups supporting our veterans, we are one of the few organizations left supporting active duty troops deployed to the front lines of Afghanistan, Iraq, and other areas around the world where are troops are in harm’s way.
Troopathon is an annual a month-long care package fundraising drive that culminates in a star-studded 7-hour broadcast on a time and date to be announced, led by Rita Cosby, an Emmy award winning TV and WABC Radio Host and NYT Best-Selling author; our founder Melanie Morgan, a published author and radio host who has spent an entire career advocating for the troops behind the microphone, and John Bachman, TV journalist, Newsmax TV host and military supporter. This year’s Troopathon will be broadcast live on Newsmax TV, which is growing rapidly and now reaches over 70 million cable/satellite homes and subscribers.
The goal of Troopathon is simple: send the biggest shipment of care packages to our brave men and women of the Armed Forces serving in harm’s way via a month long Care Package Drive that culminates in a 7-hour live show on TV and the Web. In our first year (2008) our inaugural program brought in over $1.5 million for care packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was our single largest shipment of care packages ever recorded.
This event brings together pro-troop movie stars, TV personalities, elected officials, professional athletes, musicians, talk radio hosts and many other celebrities to encourage viewers to sponsor care packages for the troops serving overseas. We are proud to say Troopathon has raised over $5.75 million and shipped over 400 tons of care packages over the years.
Our care packages include the highest quality Gourmet Coffee, Premium Beef Jerky, Girl Scout Cookies/Genuine Oreo Cookies, Flavored Gatorade, M&M’s, Snickers, wet wipes, hygienic items and other top requested supplies by our troops. We will also include seasonal treats during the year like full Christmas stockings or Valentine’s Day candy but most importantly – personally written letters of support from the thankful American people!
What makes this idea such a success, and an exciting event for our troops and our supporters, is the star power we bring out! In our Troopathons we’ve been proud to have such participants as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Gary Sinise, Jon Voight, Dionne Warwick, Joe Mantegna, Joe Theismann, Mario Lopez, Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, Pat Boone, Reba McEntire, Rich Little, Suze Orman, Tony Orlando, Wayne Newton and many, many more!
Despite their busy schedules, these celebs are happy to come together to broadcast the Troopathon to hundreds of thousands of viewers worldwide. Even our troops overseas tune in to see the outpouring of support for themselves!
Our twelfth annual Troopathon broadcast is come soon to the Newsmax TV Studios in New York City & Boca Raton, Florida, and promises to be the best yet! For more information look around the website and feel free to call in anytime!
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