Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine to Host Surviving Military Families with TAPS in Las Vegas








Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine to Host Surviving Military Families with TAPS in Las Vegas

Families Grieving the Loss of a Military Loved One Gather to Cook, Connect and Honor Their Fallen Heroes


 The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) will bring surviving military families together in Las Vegas from July 18–21, 2019 for a TAPS Survivor Experience, made possible by a grant from The Robert Irvine Foundation. The Robert Irvine Foundation supports military charities and other organizations that work directly with service members, veterans and their families. In Las Vegas, surviving military families with TAPS will spend time with Chef Irvine, an avid supporter of the men and women who defend our nation’s freedom and the families who serve alongside them.


The four-day event will bring together families from across the country who have lost loved ones in military service or as a result of military service. The families will share rich and meaningful moments in Las Vegas while cooking with Chef Irvine and connecting with each other to honor and remember their fallen heroes.  


Tropicana Las Vegas will host the families and welcome them to “Legends in Concert,” the longest-running show in Las Vegas. During the trip, the families will also visit the site of the hit History Channel television show, “Pawn Stars,” and attend a special presentation at the Nevada State Veterans Memorial. A highlight of the trip will be preparing dishes and cooking with Chef Irvine, followed by a TAPS Family Dinner hosted at Robert Irvine’s Public House. 


“TAPS Survivor Experiences bring together military survivors who share similar losses to further build a sense of community,” said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder and 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. “Each TAPS Survivor Experience includes time for conversation, reflection and special opportunities to celebrate the life and service of our fallen heroes. We are incredibly grateful to Chef Irvine and The Robert Irvine Foundation for bringing surviving military families together in Las Vegas for this life-changing experience.”


“We are honored to partner with TAPS and welcome the families of our fallen heroes to Las Vegas,” said Robert Irvine. “The Robert Irvine Foundation is dedicated to supporting military members and their families however possible. Military families suffer so much pain and heartbreak, and this weekend is all about doing anything we can to alleviate that pain – even if for a moment. We’ve curated a weekend filled with special experiences in hopes of bringing moments of joy to families while celebrating the lives of our fallen military.”


The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the leading national organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. Since 1994, TAPS has offered support to more than 85,000 survivors of fallen military in the form of peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277). 


The Robert Irvine Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that honors the men and women defending our country. Their mission is to support individuals and organizations committed to enriching the lives of our military personnel (active, retired and veterans) and their families. In pursuit of giving support, they strive to create awareness throughout the community of the sacrifices made by our military personnel and their families and, inspire community support for the men and women defending our freedom. Visit www.robertirvinefoundation.org for additional information.


Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic — Concerts, Food Trucks and Honoring Fallen Heroes

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Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic — Concerts, Food Trucks and Honoring Fallen Heroes

On Independence Day, Ron White – America’s Memory Expert tackles Operation Enduring Memory and a Food Truck Court will satisfy a variety of tastes and a full day of concerts

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic always provides good times and great entertainment. This year’s 40th anniversary event will have a strong patriotic tribute on Independence Day. Ron White is without question the nation’s #1 Memory Expert. He is a veteran of the War in Afghanistan and 2 Time USA Memory Champion. White has memorized all 2,200 fallen heroes from Afghanistan, their rank, 1st name and last (7,000 words) in order of their death. He’s traveling the USA writing the names out strictly from memory with no notes… his way of saying ‘You are not forgotten.’ It’s a powerful tribute that is getting national media coverage. It will take 10 hours for White to complete the task on a 50-foot wall at Willie’s Picnic.

Willie Nelson celebrated his 80th birthday at the end of April and celebrates the 40th annual Fourth of July Picnic. The Fort Worth Stockyards “North Forty” field will again be the site of the highly anticipated annual all-day outdoor concert with tons of star-power. Music for all ages includes Gary Allan, The Randy Rogers Band, Kris Kristofferson, Ryan Bingham, Jamey Johnson, and Justin Moore. Picnic staples Ray Wylie Hubbard, Johnny Bush, and Ray Price will return. In addition, his family – son Lukas and daughters Paula Nelson and Amy Nelson will join Willie.

“We are thrilled to play a small part in the 40-year history of the picnic and do it in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Our mission this year was to design a monumental event worthy of a 40-year anniversary and Willie’s 80th birthday. When you see it you will agree.” Said Concho Minick.

Two outdoor stages will provide non-stop entertainment from noon until night. Special areas including the Metro PCS Cool Zone and Svedka/Rex Goliath Sky Box will add to the concert-going experience and provide guests with a place to stay cool.

In addition to Billy Bob’s Bar-B-Que on site at Willie’s Picnic, Fort Worth Food Trucks will provide a variety of delicious fare through the day and evening to satisfy any taste. Pompeii – Explosive Italian Cuisine; Oink n’ Moo Bar B Q; Gepetto’s Pizza; Hummingbird Sweet Shoppe; and Enticed Gourmet Snow Cones have already secured their spaces.

Tickets to Willie’s Picnic include all-day free admission to the world’s largest honky tonk and cool zone, Billy Bob’s Texas, where music kicks off at 2:15 with The Quebe Sisters Band, followed by Amber Digby, Jody Nix, David Allan Coe, and Dale Watson.

Tickets are $35 in advance $55 at the gate – on sale at www.williespicnic.com  or by calling 817-624-7117. A limited number of VIP and Sky Box tickets are still available.

About Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic
Long before Lollapalooza and Coachella Music Festival, there was Willie’s Picnic — an outdoor music festival that began in a small Texas town that would continue for decades.

The event has changed much in its nearly four decades, culminating into this year’s event, the 40th annual– an all-day concert outside of Billy Bob’s Texas with a fan base spanning several generations.

At its start in 1973, the hippie movement was well under way when a 40-year-old Willie Nelson decided to hold a music festival in a field in Dripping Springs. Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Tom T. Hall headlined the festival that brought over 40,000 people to the inaugural run of what would become a Texas tradition.

Over the next 3 decades the picnic continued to hold steady in fans and entertainers, moving around various cities in Texas, from Austin to Luckenbach.

It was a big deal in 2004 when Nelson announced at a press conference in the Fort Worth Stockyards that he was bringing his picnic to one of his boyhood homes – Fort Worth. The announcement made the front page of the Dallas Morning News and the mayor of Fort Worth gave Nelson a key to the city.

In 2011 and 2012, a scaled down version of Willie’s 4th of July Picnic was held inside and outside Billy Bob’s Texas.

About Billy Bob’s Texas
Billy Bob’s Texas is the “World’s Largest Honky Tonk” that can accommodate more than 6,000 guests in its 127,000 square-foot venue featuring more than 30 bar stations. It opened in 1981, and quickly vaulted to national prominence with two dance floors, musical stages, arcade games, and billiards tables, Billy Bob’s sports an indoor rodeo arena that features weekend bull riding events.

Billy Bob’s Texas has won the Country Music “Club of the Year” award 12 times.

For more information please visit www.billybobstexas.com.