Lee Ann Womack is currently on a Stars for Stripes tour to visit troops in Italy and Germany. Stars for Stripes President/CEO Judy Seale is with Lee Ann as they head for the “Homefront Celebration” for US troops in Vicenza, Italy on June 14. Here’s Judy’s report for June 13:
We departed the hotel relatively on time since I bumped up the departure time. Manuel, our UVCC Angel, was waiting for us at the airport and whisked us through check-in, security and right to the gate. We said goodbye to our great driver, Silvio, and had a short flight to Venice where we were met by Michael Tietze and my dear friend from Afghanistan – Lt. Col. Tim Sughrue. The musicians/crew had arrived about 30 minutes before us and had just gotten all the luggage and gear loaded onto the bus. Michael advised that there was still a serious problem getting the bus up to the hotel and once up there, he had no where to turn around! The hotel is located up in the hills and has a fantastic view. It is a very old hotel built in the 1700’s and a wonderful place if you are on holiday. Just not very practical for the “business traveler.”
Lee Ann’s band and crew were tired so they went to take a nap. Lee Ann and her family went into Venice with Tim’s wife, while Tim stayed behind to help me re-wire my room so I could get on the dial-up internet.
Things definitely started looking up once we arrived at the base. The backstage area that they had set up was perfect. The stage was set and ready for my guys to sound check. In fact, everything ran so smoothly, that we finished an hour and a half early. Tim escorted us to a restaurant where I could treat the guys to some “authentic Italian food.” We were back at the hotel before midnight.
Judy Seale is President/CEO of Stars for Stripes, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality entertainment to internationally deployed U.S. military forces. Bringing together professionals from aviation, entertainment and the military, Stars For Stripes is improving the overseas tour experience for performers, sponsors, donors, and most importantly, for the dedicated men and women protecting our national interests.
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