The Operation Shower “County Fair” is coming to New Jersey!

August 16, 2013

Actress Melissa Joan Hart to host baby shower for 40 military moms-to-be

during The Barclays at Liberty National on August 21st



County Fair Graphic designs by Hostess With The Mostess

Jersey City, N.J. (August 15, 2013) – “Melissa and Joey” actress and mother of three Melissa Joan Hart will help bring joy to 40 military moms-to-be on Wednesday, August 21, when she hosts an Operation Shower®/Birdies for the Brave® group baby shower in their honor.  The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost presented by Barclays, located on the No. 4 green at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J., during the PGA TOUR’s The Barclays – the first of four FedExCup Playoff events.  The expectant moms are the spouses of deployed members of the New York National Guard and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (Trenton, N.J.)  

Conducted by non-profit group Operation Shower in partnership with the PGA TOUR’s Birdies for the Brave military outreach initiative, the “County Fair”-themed event will be sponsored by Barclays and baby bedding company Carousel Designs, with support from Petunia Pickle Bottom.   In addition to lunch, each of the honored moms-to-be will receive Operation Shower’s signature “Shower In A Box” – a gift of high-quality products for mothers and babies that have been generously donated by companies including Carousel Designs, Petunia Pickle Bottom and others.

Beyond the array of tangible items the moms will receive, the most treasured gift of all may be the opportunity for the moms to share stories and gain comfort from other military women in the same situation, according to Operation Shower Founder and Chief Shower Officer LeAnn Morrissey.

“Operation Shower was created specifically because typically military moms are the ones who hold it all together at home,” said Morrissey.  “Without their spouses by their side, deployed to another part of the world, these moms deserve our support, our thanks, our love, and an opportunity to celebrate together.”

Hart, who will be hosting her third Operation Shower event, said, “I am 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.”

Hart is a veteran of television, film and theater.  She can currently be seen in the ABC Family series, “Melissa & Joey,” a show she executive produces along with her co-star, Joey Lawrence.  Hart is best known for her starring role in the internationally syndicated show, “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.” She made her mark in television playing the title role in Nickelodeon’s “Clarissa Explains It All,” and has since appeared in numerous television series and films.  She and her husband, Mark Wilkerson, are the parents of three young boys.                                                          

In addition to Hart, special guests at the event will include Barclays Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer, Americas Gerard LaRocca; The Barclays Executive Director Peter Mele; David Pillsbury, president of PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties and EVP, Championship Management; PitCCh In Foundation Co-Founder and Executive Director Amber Sabathia, wife of New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia; and Allan Sicat and Jonathan Hartley, former West Point graduates, U.S. Army officers and owners of sponsor Carousel Designs.

“Barclays and The Barclays have a long history of supporting U.S. military members and their families, and we are delighted to continue the tradition through this special shower,” said LaRocca.  “The innumerable sacrifices made by these women at home enable their loved ones to serve our country and defend our freedom abroad, and for that we are truly grateful.”

Sicat, president of Carousel Designs, said, “We feel privileged to join with Operation Shower and Birdies for the Brave to honor these military moms-to-be for their service and sacrifice.  In the military, families serve, too; and we appreciate the opportunity to express our gratitude for all these women do on behalf of our great nation.”

Liberty National is located at 100 Caven Point Road in Jersey City, N.J.  For tickets and more information, please

About The Barclays (

The Barclays has been a part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1967 when Jack Nicklaus won the inaugural event at Westchester Country Club. Since that time, some of the greatest players in the game have earned the title including World Golf Hall of Famers Arnold Palmer, Johnny Miller, Raymond Floyd, Seve Ballesteros, Hale Irwin, Curtis Strange and the new defending champion, Dustin Johnson, 2011 winner of The Barclays. Many of the world’s current top players have won the event as well, including two-time champions Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia, and four-time champion Vijay Singh. As the first of four Playoff events, The Barclays plays a leading role in the FedExCup, the season-long competition that is the centerpiece of the PGA TOUR season.  

About Barclays (

Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth and investment management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays’ purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions – in the right way.

With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs approximately 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

For further information about Barclays, please visit our website

About Operation Shower (

Operation Shower is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and honoring military families by providing joyful baby showers for military moms-to-be to ease the burden of deployment, or in cases where spouses are seriously injured.  Since the organization’s inception in 2007, Operation Shower has showered more than 1,500 military moms from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and National Guard on military bases, during PGA TOUR tournaments, and at other locations.

About Birdies for the Brave (  

Birdies for the Brave is a national military outreach initiative proudly supported by the PGA TOUR designed to show support and appreciation to the courageous men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families.  Birdies for the Brave was originally created in 2006 by PGA TOUR player Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, to support combat-injured troops.  The PGA TOUR subsequently adopted Birdies for the Brave and expanded the program to include a variety of military outreach efforts in support of wounded warriors and military families.

About Carousel Designs (

Georgia-based Carousel Designs is a contemporary and trend-setting leader in the baby bedding industry.  For more than 25 years, Carousel Designs has manufactured high-quality baby bedding, toddler, twin and full/queen-size bedding and nursery décor.  Carousel Designs is the only baby bedding company that allows parents to design and create their own virtual nursery online with their Nursery Designer, a unique, interactive design tool.  The company also offers more than 100 pre-designed , ready-to-ship crib bedding collections and more than 300 fabrics to choose from in a range of versatile styles.



Laura Neal, PGA TOUR,

Michael O’Looney, Barclays, 212-412-5876, michael.o’

Cindy Elliott, Operation Shower,