May 18, 2010 4:36 AM by John Romero
A camera crew gets ready to film a live event at the One Good Turn Ranch in Divide. It's called "Sons of the Fallen", a movie theatre event that pays tribute to boys who've lost their fathers in the war on terrorism. It features such stars as wrestler Bill Goldberg and actor Ryan Merriman. But this isn't the first time they've shared time with these boys. In fact, they've been quietly hanging out for the past year. "It's just really fun!" says camper Nate Mack whose father died while serving his country, "It's pretty much a bunch of boys hanging out and becoming stronger with the loss of their fathers. The mentors are very helpful too." "I'm just sharing some time with these boys and it's awesome." adds Goldberg.
The camp is designed to give the boys an outlet to let them know they're not alone. "When they come out here to camp in Colorado it's an immediate bond." explains One Good Turn Foundation founder Joey Truscelli, "They feel like they're not alone." Mack agrees, "Even though they're different and not part of my family, I love every one of them." He says when asked about the other boys at the ranch he's spent time with.
For Goldberg, who played for the charity on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, it's a job he takes seriously and wishes other celebs would as well. "To have the celebrity status and not use it for good is a travesty. It should be a crime dealt with by punishment and dished out by me." he says with a laugh and smile. All joking aside, Goldberg says it means everything to make a difference in the lives of these boys. "At the end of the day if you can put a smile on their face and make them forget for 5 minutes what we're here for, I've done my job." says Goldberg.
The show "Sons of the Fallen" featuring Goldberg, Merriman and performances by country music star Clint Black will air live at 6pm Tuesday night in theatres across the country. That includes three in Colorado Springs and one in Pueblo. The city of Woodland Park and the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital have teamed together to buy out all seats at the Tinseltown Theatre near the World Arena and the Cinemark at Carefree Circle. They will give out approximately 400 tickets for free on a first come, first serve basis at the theatres.
CLICK HERE to see the event website and a list of theatres in your area.
CLICK HERE to see the "Sons of the Fallen" website.