Nashville, Tenn. (Apr. 12, 2018) - Rising country star Brennley Brown, is partnering with Operation Homefront as they recognize seven military kids at the annual Military Child of the Year®. There are approximately 2 million kids under 18 with an active-duty parent. The Military Child of the Year® Award celebrates and recognizes the tremendous achievements of military kids with unique stories and accomplishments despite the constant changes inherent in military life. Among the sixteen year impact of Operation Homefront, more than $22.5 million has been given through the Critical Financial Assistance program, 500 families have received transitional housing, over 300,000 backpacks filled with school supplies have been distributed to military children and much more to ensure the strength, stability and security of military families .
A tangible reminder of the California-based singer/songwriter’s devotion to military service, Brown continues to wear her grandfather’s dog tags from his military service. In addition to from her music endeavors, Brown brings multiple characters to life in Disney’s “Tangled: The Series,” “Sofia the First” and Nickelodeon’s “Shimmer and Shine.” Brown will hit the road this spring alongside Hayley Orrantia, Star of ABC’s hit sitcom, “The Goldbergs,” on “The Strong, Sweet & Southern Tour.”
“I’m honored to be apart of this very special event," shares Brown. "It holds a special place in my heart. I would like to send my sincere congratulations to the award recipients along with my love and heartfelt prayers to the children of military families for their sacrifices and for enduring separation in their service to our country."
Aligning with April’s the Month of the Military Child, six outstanding children, ages 13-18, representing each service branch are recognized for their resiliency, leadership and community service at the gala. A separate award for innovation is given to a child who has developed a creative solution to a challenge in the community. Former participants include former First Lady Michelle Obama, singer/songwriter, philanthropist Bret Michaels and more.
EDITORIAL NOTE: The Military Child of the Year® Awards Gala will be held the evening of April 19 in Arlington, Virginia. Reporters wishing to cover the event should contact Aaron Taylor at Aaron.Taylor@OperationHomefront.org for more information and to register.
About Operation Homefront:
Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America’s military families. For more information, visit OperationHomefront.org.
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About Brennley Brown:
NBC The Voice's youngest, highest charting artist, Brennley Brown is a 16-year-old singer, songwriter with a heart for country music. During the live shows of Season 12 Brennley charted at #2 on iTunes® Country charts and #7 on their all genre charts. In 2017, Brown was one of the featured artists in "Angels Among Us," a special track recorded by Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The song also featured Carly Pearce, Hunter Hayes, Lucy Hale, RaeLynn, Sara Evans, Scotty McCreery and more.
Well known for her vocal talents, Brown has brought multiple characters to life in Los Angeles’ non-stop world of voice-over animation. For the past two and a half years, Brown has played the role of “Lily” in Disney’s Emmy Award-winning animated series Sofia the First, while also singing for several other characters on the show. Brown is also the singing voice behind “Young Repunzel” in Tangled: The Series, and is the featured lead vocalist on the Alan Menken-composed "Friendship Song," available now. For NICKELODEON, she recently made her debut as “Young Samira,” a new character and guest star on Shimmer and Shine, while an exciting new lead role with Dreamworks is also currently taking place.
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