PenFed Credit Union, Gary Sinise Foundation and American Airlines Plan Free Benefit Concert in Puerto Rico

Posted February 22 2018
by Media Relations

Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band will headline public event in San Juan to raise awareness of hurricane relief needs


TYSONS, Va., Feb. 22, 2018— PenFed Credit Union, along with Gary Sinise Foundation and their official airline partner American Airlines, today announced plans for a special benefit concert featuring Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band on March 2, 2018 to raise awareness of Puerto Rico’s hurricane recovery needs and to provide an evening of entertainment open to all.


“Hurricane Maria is still impacting Puerto Rico,” said James Schenck, President and CEO of PenFed Credit Union. “Although the devastating winds and flood waters hit five months ago today, millions of Puerto Ricans continue to feel the aftermath of the storm in their daily lives. Many survivors have endured months without electric power, fresh food and running water. This free concert is a team effort to remind our fellow Americans of the ongoing needs of Puerto Ricans, and show our appreciation for everyone who has stayed on the island working hard to contribute to Puerto Rico’s recovery and renewal.”


The concert will feature a two-hour music set from Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band. The band, a program of the Gary Sinise Foundation, was named for Sinise’s role as Lieutenant Dan in the Academy Award-winning film Forrest Gump. They will begin at 7:30 p.m. AST at the Fort Buchanan Community Club. Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Sinise will also meet with retired military personnel. Stolen Silver, an acoustic folk duo, will open the show at 7 p.m. AST.


“I send my thanks to our pals at PenFed, American Airlines and Envoy for making it possible for me to visit our amazing service members at Fort Buchanan on March 2nd,” said Sinise. “I am honored and excited to play a concert with my band to help boost the spirits of those who are working tirelessly on their important mission in support of the people of Puerto Rico.”


The concert is made possible by a $100,000 donation from PenFed Credit Union to the Gary Sinise Foundation to sponsor the band as well as generous support from American Airlines and Envoy, and Fogo de Chão San Juan. American Airlines and Envoy are transporting the band to Puerto Rico. The internationally-renowned steakhouse from Brazil, Fogo de Chão, will be providing a post-concert celebration to thank band members and concert volunteers, coordinated by PenFed Credit Union.


“The island and people of Puerto Rico have suffered greatly in the past six months, and we’re especially mindful of those members of the military in Puerto Rico who have endured so much.  Their willingness to stand up and help fellow citizens in the wake of the storms, even though their own lives were affected in so many ways, is a testament to their tremendous sense of service and sacrifice," said Captain Jim Palmersheim, American Airlines Senior Manager for Military and Veterans Initiatives.  "American Airlines and Envoy are proud to support Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band as they travel the world entertaining those who serve our nation and their families."


The concert is open to the public and will be held at Fort Buchanan across from the PenFed branch at Building 673, South Terminal Road, Fort Buchanan in Guaynabo. Guests should enter at the front gate of the base – off Road 28. Photo ID is required at the checkpoint. Once on base, there will be police officers guiding guests where to park.


On September 20, 2017, Category Five Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico with 170 mph winds and over 30 inches of rain. The storm took the lives of more than 500 people, injured many more and caused nearly $95 billion in damages. PenFed Credit Union, the nation’s second-largest federal credit union, responded with a number of initiatives to support its employees and nearly 200,000 members in Puerto Rico, including:

·       Relief on loan payments for borrowers facing hardships caused by the natural disaster;

·       $150,000 in aid packages for every PenFed employee in Puerto Rico. The packages included a disaster relief stipend, two weeks’ worth of meals, and portable power generators.


PenFed currently operates three branches in Puerto Rico: one on the United States Army Garrison of Fort Buchanan, and two in San Patricio Plaza in Guaynabo. PenFed plans to construct a fourth branch in Hatillo, Puerto Rico.


“I have had the honor to work with James and PenFed over the years, and have seen their steadfast, unwavering commitment to the advancement of Latinos,” said Nicole Quiroga, President and CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “On behalf of the Hispanic business community in the Washington DC region, the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce salutes the efforts of James Schenck and the PenFed team who are currently providing valuable support to the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. They are an exceptional organization and truly understand what it means to be a corporate citizen.”


For more information, contact Robin Pence at or 571-341-6627 or 571-422-7664 or Lindsey Pinkston at or 703-973-8064.


About PenFed Credit Union

Established in 1935 as the War Department Credit Union, PenFed Credit Union is America’s second-largest federal credit union, serving over 1.6 million members worldwide with $23 billion in assets. Our long-standing mission is to provide superior financial services in a cost-effective manner, while being responsive to members’ needs. PenFed Credit Union offers market-leading mortgages, automobile loans, credit cards, student loans, personal loans, checking, certificates and a wide range of other financial services with members’ interests always in mind. PenFed Credit Union serves a diverse population, and no military service is required to join. PenFed Credit Union offers many paths to membership, including numerous employee groups and association affiliations. PenFed Credit Union is federally insured by the NCUA and is an equal housing lender. To learn more about PenFed Credit Union, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us @PenFed on Twitter. Interested in working for PenFed? Check us out on LinkedIn. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


About Gary Sinise Foundation

The Gary Sinise Foundation honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Through its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), specially adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely wounded veterans and first responders nationwide. Each one-of-a-kind home is customized to ease the everyday burdens of a wounded hero, their family, and caregivers. Other programs include Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Arts & Entertainment Outreach, Serving Heroes, and First Responders Outreach. Soaring Valor is sending WWII veterans to The National WWII Museum and documenting their first-hand accounts of the war. Its newest program, Snowball Express serves children of our fallen heroes and Gold Star families. For more information, please visit


About American Airlines Group
American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights to over 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at


About Fogo de Chão
Founded in Brazil in 1979, Fogo de Chão (fogo-dee-shown) is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria specializing in the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco. The authentic dining experience features high quality cuts of meat that are carefully fire-roasted and served tableside by gaucho chefs and the seasonal Market Table and Feijoada Bar, which includes seasonal salads, soup, fresh vegetables, imported charcuterie, and much more. Weekday Lunch, weekend Brazilian Brunch and Bar Fogo menus offer guests additional ways to enjoy the Fogo experience at varying price points.
For more, view NBC’s 2016 Olympic Games vignette “The Gaucho Way” or visit, Facebook, and Twitter.