Event Beneficiaries

Gary Sinise Foundation’s Snowball Express Program

The Gary Sinise Foundation serves our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.

The Gary Sinise Foundation’s Snowball Express Program serves the children of our fallen military heroes, surviving spouses, and Gold Star families. Snowball Express began in 2006, and Gary Sinise has personally supported their efforts for the past 11 years. Since the Gary Sinise Foundation’s inception in 2011, it has supported Snowball Express through its Relief & Resiliency Outreach initiative. In December of 2017, Snowball Express became an official program of the Foundation.

The Snowball Express program honors America’s fallen military service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 9/11 by humbly serving the families they left behind. We champion their children’s future success by creating opportunities for joy, friendship, education, and communal healing, by connecting these families to one another.

Our community-driven events throughout the year provide these families an opportunity to bond with the only people who can truly understand their loss: one another. Every December, we host a four-day, fun-filled experience that brings these families together from all around the nation. Through activities and entertainment, we’re keeping their spirits high and providing emotional healing by forming a community of strong friendships.

With your help and support, we will bring together the largest gathering in the world of children of America’s fallen Military heroes. You will help make it possible for us to connect these children with others just like them, show them that they are not forgotten and that the supreme sacrifice of their military parent will never be forgotten.

Your partnership, dedication to our mission, and funding help make our program possible. By supporting this event, you are changing lives, giving hope, creating new happy memories, and inspiring these children to realize that anything they dream of doing is possible to accomplish.

Temple Shalom Youth Programs

Temple Shalom welcomes youth of all ages with diverse programming designed to foster social, spiritual, and educational growth and to help develop the future Jewish leaders of our congregation and the Jewish community. Our goal is to help create a fun and stimulating atmosphere that encourages our young people to develop strong positive bonds with each other, the Temple and Jewish tradition.

Temple programming for Youth includes Munchkin Minyan (families with young children), family services, Religious School, B’nei Mitzvah program, Next Dor 2.0 Program, Beyond Next Dor, Confirmation, and Ozrim™. We also keep in touch with our college-aged students with College Connection care packages.