Wingspan Honors Our Veterans

We learned today that Wingspan Portfolio Advisors is partnering with the Sooner Legends Inn and Suites to host a free viewing of “The Hornet’s Nest” documentary for veterans, active duty military and their families and the local community. The screening will be held in Oklahoma City on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Moore Warren Theatre.  The event also honors the University of Oklahoma’s School of Journalism’s own Mike Boettcher, the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning ABC News Journalist and Boomer Sooner Legend. Admission is complimentary on a first come, first served basis, and seating is limited. A question and answer session with the filmmakers and members of the military will follow immediately after the screening.

“The Hornet’s Nest” follows ABC News Correspondent Mike Boettcher and his son Carlos Boettcher, who were armed only with their cameras when they were embedded with U.S. forces fighting on the front lines in Afghanistan amid the constant threat of the Taliban. The film tells a true story of survival for the soldiers, and for the father and son team who seek to re-connect under the most harrowing of circumstances.

WHAT: Screening of “The Hornet’s Nest” documentary for veterans, active duty military and families, and community members, plus a Q&A session with the filmmakers and members of the military

WHEN: Thursday, May 8, 2014at 7:00 pm (First come, first serve)

WHERE: Moore Warren Theatre, 1000 South Telephone Road, Oklahoma City

COST: Free

In a joint statement, “The Hornet’s Nest” Co-Directors/Producers Christian Tureaud and David Salzberg comment, “It is truly an honor to team up with Wingspan for this free screening of ‘The Hornet’s Nest.’ We are thrilled to give audiences a sneak peak at this inspiring first-hand account of what’s happening in Afghanistan. This film gives you a never-before seen look at the sacrifices, patriotism and dedication our troops face every day in battle.”

“We’ve heard from so many of our service men and women across the country how inspiring this film is and we can’t wait to share it with Oklahoma City,” add Tureaud and Salzberg. “The film opens your eyes through a non-political perspective, and people come out of the experience saying ‘How can we help?’”

After the “talk back” question and answer session with the filmmakers and members of the military, there will also be a presentation from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and Wingspan Gives Back to welcome Provest LLC Executive Vice President Victor Draper as a new member of the “Hall of Honor,” which recognizes individual and corporate support for the military community on local and national levels.

“We cannot overstate the debt of gratitude our nation owes to the heroic men and women of the military,” says Steven Horne, CEO and president of Wingspan, which has sponsored several screenings of the film around the country. “These community screenings help recognize the hardships they endure and the sacrifices they make to protect our nation. They are a core part of our American family, and it is important for us to have a better understanding of what they have experienced to ensure our freedom.”

“We at Sooner Legends Inn & Suites are so proud to honor Mike Boettcher, OU School of Journalism Professor and Boomer Sooner Legend, by serving as founders of the Hall of Honor,” adds Jay Jacobs of Sooner Legends Inn & Suites. “To be able to take part in sharing the brave story of our nation’s heroes that Mike and his son captured is indeed an honor. We are proud to serve our soldiers in this small way and want to convey our gratitude for all they have done and sacrificed.”

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