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WWE to aid soliders\' families


STAMFORD, Conn.- World Wrestling Entertainment and FYE (For Your Entertainment) retail stores will be undertaking a national effort to raise funds for the families of military personnel killed in the war with Iraq.

The effort kicks off in New York City at the FYE store in Rockefeller Plaza at 11 a.m., on Monday, June 23. WWE superstars \"Stone Cold\" Steve Austin, Ric Flair, Bill Goldberg, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash and Trish Stratus will be participating at the event.

The \"WrestleMania XX Benefit for Armed Forces Families\" has set a goal of raising $100,000 through the sale of a special WrestleMania XX poster at participating FYE stores. All proceeds will be donated to the Armed Forces Families Scholarship and Assistance Fund, which is part of the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation.

\"The families of our Armed Forces are the unsung heroes of America,\" said Linda McMahon, WWE CEO. \"They must shoulder the burden when a father or mother is killed in action. We are glad to be part of the effort to ensure the children of these military heroes lost in action in Iraq will be provided for. I want to thank Shawn Michaels for bringing forward this idea and helping to organize the Superstars to make it happen.\"

\"We want to see that these true American heroes are memorialized in a meaningful way,\" said Fred Fox, Executive Vice President Marketing and Merchandising, Trans World Entertainment Corporation and parent company of FYE (For Your Entertainment). \"We will honor not only the memories and courage of those we lost in the war, but we will also make certain to care for the families through the Armed Forces Families Scholarship and Assistance Fund of the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation.\"

\"Our Foundation is extremely thankful to the WWE for their support,\" said James Kallstrom, Chairman of the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation. \" We are proud to be of service to the children of our fallen military personnel and WWE\'s participation in our fundraising efforts will greatly assist in our ability to provide scholarships bonds. Our goal is to ease the burden on these families who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the freedoms found in our great country.\"

\"WrestleMania XX Benefit for Armed Forces Families\" Tour Dates:

All fundraising events will be held at participating FYE stores.

  • June 23, New York, NY, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
  • June 30, Cheektowaga, NY, 114 Walden Galleria, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
  • July 14, Indianapolis, IN, Castleton Square, 6020 East 82nd St., 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
  • July 21, Santa Ana, CA, Mainplace Mall, 2800 North Main St., 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
  • August 11, Moline, IL, 4500 16th St. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • September 1, Kenner, LA, 1401 W. Esplanade Ave 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

- SLAM! Wrestling News Wire.