Entercom Launches Fundraising Campaign to Support the Navy SEAL Foundation and the Families of Those Who Died in Afghanistan

August 12, 2011 - 10:42 am

Bala Cynwyd, PA — On Saturday, August 6, thirty American service members — most of them elite Navy SEALs, including several members of SEAL Team Six, the unit that killed Osama bin Laden — lost their life in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. It was the largest single loss of U.S. life since the beginning of the 2001 Afghan War, and is the largest single loss ever suffered by the SEAL community.

SEAL Team Six is based in Virginia Beach, Virginia – home of Entercom Norfolk stations WWDE, WPTE, WVKL and WNVZ. To honor their memories, Entercom Communications is partnering with the Navy SEAL Foundation to help the families who lost loved ones in Afghanistan.

“Today Entercom is launching a companywide fund raising campaign across our 23 markets and 111 radio stations. This devastating tragedy has touched us all. These Navy SEALs are our finest and bravest soldiers and they have paid the ultimate price to protect this great nation and all of its citizens. Their children are now fatherless and their wives are now widows. It is our duty to do all we can to help their families at this time of great need,” said Entercom President and CEO David J. Field.

Entercom Norfolk’s Vice President and Market Manager, Bennett Zier, stated, “These fallen heroes are great Americans and our neighbors. Entercom Norfolk has raised nearly $50,000 in donations, goods and services. We are grateful the entire Entercom community is joining us in our efforts to help these brave families at a time of great loss.”

The Navy SEAL Foundation provides support in times of adversity and achievement to U.S. Navy SEALs. The Navy SEAL Foundation helps the community by:
•    Providing tragedy assistance for families who have lost a loved one in training or combat.
•    Supporting family events to boost morale and encourage camaraderie.
•    Awarding scholarships and providing educational assistance to active-duty personnel, their spouses and children.