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Tampa charity helps Glenn Beck rally earn $129,000 in five days after on air endorsement



Beck_8.18 Steven McLeary knows the value of a good word from Fox News Channel star Glenn Beck.

On Monday, Beck announced that the Tampa-based Special Operations Warrior Foundation would be the sole beneficiaries of his Restoring Honor rally planned for Aug. 28 at the Lincoln Memorial.

But the money will come in a specific way. Estimating that the event could cost $2-million to produce, Beck told his fans Monday he would cover $1-million of those costs and they could donate to cover the rest. The Tampa foundation will receive any money donated above the $1-million.

Right now, the rally's donation page shows more than $129,000 in donations, which fans can contribute to online. And McLeary, the group's executive director, remains optimistic that the eventual donation they receive could total thousands or even millions of dollars.

"He talked about us for three days and over $100,000 was donated," McLeary said of the donations, which mostly seem to fall between $20 and $100. "It's just a lot of people giving a little...(But) it seems there's a lot of potential there."

Beck-restoring_honor Now celebrating its 30th year, the foundation provides full-ride college scholarships for the children of soldiers in the military's special operations forces who are killed in combat or training.

Families of wounded special operations soldiers get $2,000 sent to them overnight the moment the soldier leaves the theater of operations.

The foundation says it has helped 156 kids through college, and is now supporting 127 children. Over 450 families of wounded soldiers have received more than $900,000 in three years, thanks in part to a $500,000 grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation's Florida BRAIVE Fund.

And though Beck is known for offering sometime controversial commentary, McLeary says the August rally will be non-partisan and non-political.

"(Beck) told us that right up front," he said. "There are no politics when it comes to honoring our military.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:05pm]


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