Actress Melissa Joan Hart hosts Operation Shower event for
40 military moms-to-be during The Barclays
Farmingdale, N.Y. – “Melissa and Joey” actress and expectant mom Melissa Joan Hart helped provide a storybook baby shower for 40 military moms-to-be whose spouses are deployed members of the New York National Guard and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (Trenton, N.J.) on Wednesday during an Operation Shower event at Bethpage State Park: The Black Course. The event was held on Military Appreciation Day at The Barclays, the first event of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs.
Conducted by non-profit group Operation Shower in partnership with the PGA TOUR’s Birdies for the Brave military outreach initiative, the “Once Upon A Shower”-themed event was sponsored by Barclays and baby bedding company Carousel Designs, with support from Petunia Pickle Bottom. Seven local designers helped make the event special by competing in a table design contest. In addition to lunch provided by Whole Foods Market, each of the honored moms-to-be received Operation Shower’s signature “Shower In A Box” – a gift of high-quality products for mothers and babies that were donated by companies including Carousel Designs, Petunia Pickle Bottom and others. Barclays also surprised the moms by giving each of them a brand new Britax car seat and a Maclaren stroller. Numerous raffle prizes were also awarded.
Beyond the array of tangible items the moms received, the best gift of all may have been the opportunity for the moms to share stories and gain comfort from other military women in the same situation.
“I cannot thank Operations Shower’s team enough for the amazing day yesterday,” said one of the moms. “Your generosity and kindness were truly unbelievable. I was able to Facetime with my husband yesterday and he was overwhelmed as well with all you have done for us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”
In addition to Hart, special guests at the event included Gil Sanborn, managing director at Barclays and co-founder of the Barclays Military Services Network; Peter Mele, executive director of The Barclays; and Allan Sicat and Jonathan Hartley, West Point graduates, former U.S. Army officers and owners of Carousel Designs. Following the shower, Hart and the moms served as special guests at The Barclays’ military appreciation ceremony held on the 1st tee, where festivities included military pageantry, a vintage military plane flyover provided by the American Airpower Museum, and an address by General Craig McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Hart, a long-time supporter of charitable causes that support families, said, “I was very honored to have the opportunity to host the Operation Shower event during The Barclays and express my appreciation for all these women do in support of our military. I know how difficult it can be raising a family in the best of circumstances, and truly admire the strength, courage and perseverance it takes to keep things running smoothly at home during deployment.”