Jordan's contributions to the Project raise to ...hold on to your chairs folks...$21,000!!!! Lebanon County boy raises $21,000 for Maj. Dick Winters statue
Published: Tuesday, November 09, 2010
A South Lebanon Twp. boy is “hanging tough” in his effort to help Rhode Island filmmaker Tim Gray erect a statue in Normandy of Maj. Dick Winters of “Band of Brothers” fame and record a documentary about it.
Jordan Brown, 11, a fifth-grader at South Lebanon Elementary School, has raised about $21,000 by selling about 7,000 olive drab wristbands with Winters’ motto to his troops, “Hang tough.”
“Because of Jordan we’ve made a lot of progress,” said Gray, who said $90,000 has been raised of the $200,000 needed for the monument, plus about $64,000 for the documentary.
Gray said he isn’t surprised at the success of Jordan’s wristband sales. “Once I met Jordan, nothing really surprised me. He’s an amazing kid.”
Jordan said he’s excited about a trip to Providence, R.I., Friday to attend a fundraiser for the project, where he’ll get to meet actors from the “Band of Brothers” HBO series and veterans who served in Easy Company, along with pitcher Curt Schilling, a spokesman for the project.
The trip is just another of the surprises Jordan said he’s encountered in his wristband
project, which has helped him stay motivated to keep selling them.
“I encourage people to buy one, and I tell them why it is so important, and that we need to thank our veteran soldiers because they are not going to be around much longer,” Jordan said.
“He’s still chugging away,” said his mom, Yasmin Brown, who said Jordan has been recognized by some national groups like Kids Are Heroes. He’s been on a local “lecture circuit” as well, promoting his wristbands to veterans groups and other organizations.
“We’re going to let him continue as long as he wants to and is having fun,” said his mom. “His intent is to ‘hang tough’ and ‘gut it out,” she said.
The wristband project grew out of Jordan’s interest in World War II and Winters, along with his work on other fundraisers in the past, including one for Haiti.
Jordan has said he came up with the idea to sell wristbands after his mom showed him an article about Gray’s effort to build the statue in Normandy.
He said he’s confident Gray will raise the money he needs, “hopefully by the middle of next year. I hope to see it some day — we’re definitely going to go to see it.”
A model for the memorial is nearing completion, and Gray said he hopes to have it completed by fall 2011 or spring 2012, with the documentary following four or five months later.
Gray said he met last weekend with former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge last weekend, who pledged his support of future fundraisers in Pennsylvania.
How to help:
• Curt Schilling will talk about the 1st Lt. Richard Winters Leadership Project at 3 p.m. Thursday on a Veterans Day special on ESPN, filmmaker Tim Gray said.
• The Men of Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne, were made famous in the book by Stephen Ambrose and the HBO series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Dick Winters, then a first lieutenant, and his men parachuted behind enemy lines June 6, 1944. They were also involved in the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of Dachau.
• To purchase a “Hang tough” wristband visit www.hangtough6644.org
• For information about Tim Gray’s memorial and documentary project visit www.timgraymedia.com
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