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Hollywood actor bringing band to help raise money for a local military hero

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 18 2012 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 20 2012 07:23:25 AM CDT

Benefit to be held for Adam Keyes at State Theatre

He answered the call of duty for his country.  Now it's time to return the favor.

A soldier from Whitehall Township who was seriously injured in Afghanistan needs a new home and a major Hollywood actor is on the case.

When the sweet sounds of the Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan band fill the room it usually means one of America's heroes is getting a much needed helping hand.

"When you come to a community and you see them rally around a hometown hero it's spectacular and very uplifting," said Frank Siller, chairman of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers foundation.

The Gary Sinise foundation, along with the Stephen Siller Tunnel For Towers foundation, will hold a concert on August 17th to raise money to build a new home for Army Sergeant Adam Keys.

Keys, a Whitehall native, lost both his legs and left arm when his unit was involved in an IED explosion in July of 2010 in Afghanistan.
Now the foundations are building a home to help Keys be more independent.

Moveable cabinets, remote control blinds and other amenities.

"You walk into the room the lights will go one, you walk out they'll go off," adds Siller. "Air conditioning, heating, music all done off the iPad."

A lot of people in the community have come out to help with this project.

For instance, the State Theatre is donating the space for the concert.

Tickets range from $35-$75 and all proceeds go to building the home.

"We're going to fill this house and then were going to build his house," said Shelley Brown, president and CEO of the State Theatre.  "Because that's who we are and you just don't get the opportunity very often to do something great."

"I'm certainly glad there are people like this in the world that are willing to help us, said Adam Keys. "I'm very appreciative."

Keys attended the announcement via Skype.

Organizers say while money is good, they also need help from local contractors to volunteers.

With all that help, they say a home will get built.

For more information on how to donate or volunteer for the project click here.