Video Interview with Craig Treadway of WPIX Channel 11 tells the story about how AaSP Started (from Christmas morning, Dec 25, 2009)
When the mail truck comes, soldiers' eyes light up.
Origins and Evolution:
April 2003 Our organization was formed in after a minor car accident. CLICK HEREread about our beginnings. May 29, 2007 - Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon was incorporated in the State of New Jersey as a non-profit organization. June 13, 2008 - Authorized by the State of New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs as an organization registered to solicit funds in the state. Charitable Registration Number CH3060400. June 22, 2008 - Received notice of approval by the Internal Revenue Service of Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon's application for tax exempt status as a nonprofit public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Effective date of exemption is May 29, 2007. Contributions to Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc. are deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code. Note: None of the foregoing statements are intended as a public solicitation of funds. Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc. is registered to solicit funds only in the State of New Jersey. New Jersey residents and organizations wishing to make a contribution may CLICK HERE for our donation form.
Public Information: CLICK HERE for AaSP Articles of Incorporation CLICK HERE for NJ Charities Registration Acceptance Letter CLICK HERE for Letter 1045 from Internal Revenue Service
CLICK HERE for 2007 Form 990 & Schedules-Attachments CLICK HERE for 2007 AaSP Balance Sheet & Statement of Sources and Uses CLICK HERE for 2008 IRS Form 990 CLICK HERE for 2008 AaSP Financial Statements
CLICK HERE for IRS Form 1023 Application for Recognition of Exemption
CLICK HERE for Conflict of Interest Policy Statement
In 2013, 94.8 cents of every dollar went to support our troops, up from 94.4 cents in 2012.
Our Insignia (click to enlarge)
The original idea for our logo came in 2006 from Hal Evans, the father of one of our members, Rob Evans. Hal at one time was Director of Creative Services for Baseball and worked for Bowie Kuhn. Well, Hal came up with the first draft. Then Tony Dalla Mura, a web developer at Unilever IT, improved the logo considerably, when he added a stylized version of an American soldier. We sent the draft to one of our adoptee units, the 32d Signal Battalion, at Camp Anaconda in Iraq. They recommended that we add a 'tab' to signify the special effort Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon members put into supporting our troops. The tab was added with our name and our insignia was born.
Then in 2013, the insignia was "modernized" and rebuilt by Ten Gun Design of Edmonds, WA, our volunteer design agency. The new version allows us to use color more effectively, create a combat version and is easier to read when in small format. It keeps the original theme for continuity.
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Who we are: We're Americans who care about our country and our troops. We're veterans and civilians. We're reservists, like LCDR Jonathan Jett-Parmer, PE, a Unilever plant manager, seen here working on the U.S.S. Cole when she was being repaired after the vessel was attacked by terrorists.
We currently have over 600 contributors and supporters.
Our Benefactors, Sponsors and Special Friends currently include:
Unilever and its brands, Unilever US Foundation, Unilever Ambassadors Club, Unilever Military Sales, Unilever Federal Credit Union; Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and its partners; Morgan Stanley; Empire Worldwide Chauffered Services; Bryan Cave LLP; OritaniBank Charitable Foundation; US Tennis Assoc; Lahoud Sadaka Group; Merrill Lynch; Kessler Rehabilitation Center; Microsoft Xbox and its publishing partners; Ten Gun Design; Leatherback; Sunrise Identity; Electronic Arts; DHL Express and DHL Global Forwarding; Coffee Associates of Edgewater, NJ; Bergen County (NJ) Sheriff's Office; Wanaque (NJ) Police Dept; Hackensack (NJ) Police Dept; Operation NJ Cares; NJ Elks Army of Hope; ARMS; Seyfarth Shaw LLP; Planet Tool & Engineering, O'Fallon, MO and its partners; BAE Systems, Wayne, NJ; Apollo Flags of Totowa, NJ; Efinger Sporting Goods of Bound Brook, NJ; NJ Turnpike Authority Employees; CablesToGo; Piedmont College and the Piedmont Patriots; Fair Lawn News; Opportunity Buying; PC Richard of Jersey City and Paramus, NJ; Best Buy of Paramus, NJ; CBS Sports; TRX Fitness; National Football League; Washington Redskins and their Cheerleaders; Pittsburgh Steelers; Seattle Seahawks and their Cheerleaders; Green Bay Packers; Miami Dolphins and their Cheerleaders; New York Jets and their Cheerleaders; New York Giants; Baltimore Ravens; Detroit Lions; Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders; New England Patriots Cheerleaders; San Diego Chargers Cheerleaders; St. Louis Rams; Buffalo Bills; Indianapolis Colts; Minnesota Vikings and their Cheerleaders; Fathead.com; New York Yankees; New York Mets; Atlanta Braves; Houston Astros; Arizona Diamondbacks; San Francisco Giants; Florida Marlins; Philadelphia Phillies; Lakewood Blue Claws; New York Red Bulls; Kansas City Wizards; New England Revolution; The Columbus Crew; Milwaukee Wave; Rutgers the State University; UNICO National; UNICO of Hackensack, NJ; UNICO of Rutherford, NJ; UNICO of Lodi, NJ; Morton Plant Hospital; Health Care Compliance Strategies; Decision Critical; Nassau University Medical Center; Oregon Science and Health University; Morehead Medical School; American Red Cross of Fairfield and Ridgewood, NJ; Siemens Medical Solutions; Maria Parham Med Center; William Raveis Real Estate; New Jersey Credit Union League; The Columbians; Lodi Senior Citizens Club; Garfield AARP; Pediatric Dentistry of Litchfield County, CT; Yarmouth, ME, High School; Atlantic County Technical School; Bergenfield (NJ) HS; Clifton, NJ, Public Schools; Bryan School, Cresskill, NJ; Palisades Country Day School of Closter and Fort Lee, NJ; Hillcrest School of Somerset, NJ; Cub Scout Pack 46, New City, NY; Canton H.S., Canton, TX; employees at MetLife Associates, Westport, CT; St. Barnabas Health System; Livingston Services; Seton Parish of Pickerington, OH; Northwoods (WI) Chapter of Piedmont Patriots, Clifton (NJ) PBA; NAM Knights of America; American Legion Posts 171, 272, 153 of NJ; Unified-Defense Corp; Sneaky Pete's Oatstanding Beverages; Sheila G's Brownie Brittle;