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ASU Gammage hosts military family night

February 16, 2010

ASU Gammage played host to more than 200 members of military families Feb. 16, as it is provided tickets to families of deployed military personnel to attend Broadway performances.

Family members of the deployed and soon-to-be-deployed soldiers from around the state had the opportunity to see the Disney musical "Mary Poppins" and meet with the cast.

“ASU Gammage is honored to be able to open its doors to military families," said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU Gammage executive director. "These families sacrifice much for our country – it is our privilege to let them enjoy an evening at the theater together for such an inexpensive cost.”

“Family First Nights is a program that is very well suited to supporting the cultural, entertainment and educational wishes of Arizona National Guard Families," said Major Paul Aguirre, the Arizona National Guard public affairs officer. "It is with great excitement, enthusiasm and gratitude that we look forward to attending the events of the upcoming season at ASU Gammage."

The program is made possible with the generosity of The Broadway League; Retired Command Sergeant Major Chuck Van Dam, a longtime ASU Gammage donor and patron; US Airways; Blue Star Moms; and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). This three-year program is a partnership with ASU Gammage and The Broadway League's Family First Nights program specifically designed to encourage at-risk families to attend theater on a regular basis.

ASU Gammage also hosted military families to see "Little House on the Prairie" last December and will host families again in June for the 2008 Tony Award-winning musical "In the Heights." For more information about Military Family First Nights, please call (480) 965-5062.