Entertainment Lineup at the 2011 Iowa Straw Poll
superstar Randy Travis to headline events; Team Bachmann raises
awareness of Paws and Effect for wounded combat veterans
Urbandale, Iowa As a token of appreciation for the warm reception and
hospitality she has received across the Hawkeye State, as well as to
seize the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for returning Iowa
military veterans, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann
announced today a full slate of activities for the 2011 Iowa Straw Poll
including performances by renowned country music legend Randy Travis,
country music singers Richie McDonald and Tim Rushlow, and Christian
artist Charles Billingsley.
In conjunction with this powerful entertainment offering, a significant
component of the Team Bachmann straw poll activities will include a
focus on support for returning Iowa military veterans through the
Iowa-based Paws and Effect organization, a partner to the national
Wounded Warrior program, which trains and places service dogs with
combat veterans across the state.
"I am a huge Randy Travis fan and I am honored he will be with us on
August 13 to help make this day fun and meaningful for our supporters
and their families, as well as to encourage all straw poll attendees,
regardless of their candidate of choice, to come together to help
support Iowa's returning military veterans," Bachmann said. "It is
humbling to think my supporters are willing to take a big part of their
Saturday to join us at the Iowa straw poll. We want to make it an
enjoyable destination for members of Team Bachmann and their families.
We also want to be sure to give something back to Iowa's finest by
asking straw poll attendees to support the Paws and Effect
The Team Bachmann straw poll setup will include an air-conditioned
tent, barbecue, beverages and live entertainment throughout the day.
Straw poll attendees can also join Team Bachmann in support of Iowa's
returning combat veterans by donating to the Paws and Effect
organization, which will have veterans and their trained service dogs
stationed throughout the Team Bachmann site.
Paws & Effect is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Des
Moines, IA that raises, trains and places service dogs with combat
veterans in Iowa. Working with the Iowa National Guard and the
Community Based Warrior Transition Unit (CBWTU) in Rock Island, Ill.,
Paws & Effect reaches out to combat veterans with mobility
impairments and those affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD). Paws & Effect provides service dogs to combat veterans at
no cost to the recipient. The organization also covers all expenses
related to raising the service dogs in-training. For more information
on Paws & Effect, please visit: http://paws-effect.blogspot.com/.
"On a day where Iowa Republicans will be gathering to help officially
kick off the 2012 election process in earnest, it is fitting for all of
us to pay tribute to the many sacrifices made by Iowa's courageous
veterans," Bachmann said.
For more information about the Team Bachmann straw poll activities,
please visit: www.michelebachmann.com.