Campaign gets messages to US troops

OREM, UT: The families of military personal in 12 cities were able

to send video Christmas messages over the internet to their loved ones

stationed overseas as part of the "Give Thanks America" campaign that

combined the efforts of Compaq, Digital Island, and Sorenson Media.

Sorenson Media's agency of record, Meservy Wing Snapp, a small firm

based in Orem, UT, promoted the event through an event held at

Thanksgiving Point in Salt Lake City.

Using Sorenson Media's web broadcasting technology, Utah Senator Orrin

Hatch (R) gave the keynote address from his office in Washington,


The Osmond Next Generation Family, younger family members of the sibling

duo Donny and Marie, also sang at the heavily attended event. Five

military families recorded their messages live in front of local media.

James Sorenson, CEO of Sorenson media, fielded questions from the press

about the company's technology.

The event was covered in seven news spots on television stations, and

was also featured in a piece by The Salt Lake City Tribune, a well as in

three other newspapers. The total cost of the event was less than


"It's been difficult to gain media attention because everyone is gearing

up for the Winter Olympics here," said Noelle Cahow, account supervisor

at Meservy Wing Snapp. "But the media was excited about covering the

military families as they sent the messages to their loved ones."

The event was so successful that Sorensen Media will expand the program

into a foundation to make its technology available for educational needs

and services.

"Give Thanks America" was rolled out in 12 cities, including Boston and

Atlanta. Hundreds of military families have sent messages using the


Compaq and Digital Island created the "Give Thanks America" campaign to

honor five Compaq employees who were killed in the World Trade Center


Hill & Knowlton and Brodeur Worldwide helped launch the event in the

other cities.

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