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"When we first landed in Germany, I was immediately homesick and a little scared about spending so much time away from the comforts of home. But I love basketball and I knew it would be fun. And boy was it ever. I was so much fun to feel like a basketball star with opening introductions, cheerleaders, and a raucous crowd. And I played the best I have ever played because of my dear teammates – they had so much confidence in me. On top of that, I was blown away by how many fans we all had…so many “Bones” fans. Signing so many autographs and posing for photos was a little overwhelming. And people were so grateful for our being there to entertain them. My teammates were so good at playing to the crowd and involving the children in attendance. We really brought joy to these people and families who have been separated sometimes over a year. I’m really proud of us for bringing them some good cheer. I want to thank the Hollywood Knights and the USO for having me as a part of this tour. Thank you Traci, Vicky, Michael, Jeff, and all the other people who helped make this experience possible. My teammates and crew are now dear friends that I will always cherish!"

Eric Millegan – “Bones”

"Thank you to the Hollywood Knights and the USO for all the work you put into to making this trip memorable, enjoyable and smooth sailing for us. Not to mention putting a team together of great people from the entertainment business, that’s hard to do. I don’t know how you did it but everybody was awesome in their own way. Meeting the soldiers and their families and entertaining the crowds was an honor. This trip was amazing, thank you to everyone involved for a life-changing experience. "

Stephen Colletti – “Laguna Beach” “One Tree Hill”

"My experience on the HK USO Tour was amazing, and though I’m sure that I’m not the only to say this I’ll say it anyway, life-changing. I love to travel so of course I enjoyed the visits to towns around Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium. However, the opportunity to visit our military bases and spend time, not only entertaining the people living and working on the base but also spending time talking to them and hearing their stories and in the luckiest of cases, getting to know them. The trip was painstakingly planned and flawlessly executed by the Hollywood Knights staff and the USO. My only complaint would be that the tour had to end! I owe a debt of gratitude to Hollywood Knights and the USO for this amazing experience. "

Sam Page – “Shark”

"During our time on this Earth, we are only the experiences within our soul. When we are gone, we are only the things that we leave behind. With the Hollywood Knights USO Tour in 2008, my soul is forever changed with a greater understanding of the human condition and the world in which we live. With our trip to Military bases in Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands, The Hollywood Knights and the USO have left behind an example of kindness and generosity that will be passed on for generations to come. This combination of internal growth and making a difference for others leaves me with the most important currency of all in life, happiness. I am deeply grateful to all associated with the Hollywood Knights and the USO for including me in an adventure of a lifetime. Thank you for your time, love, and spirit. It has made the world a softer spot to land."

Matt Czuchry –“Gilmore Girls” “Friday Night Lights”

"I have to say that this USO trip with the Hollywood Knights has been truly special. To spend time with the troops and families of our fighting forces was amazing. Getting the chance to entertain them with our basketball skills was a homer! Michael, Vicky and Traci were gracious and amazing hosts as was Jeff our tour producer. I would participate in anything the Hollywood Knights ever do in the future. This was a real joy and I will never forget this trip!"

Brad Beyer – “Jericho”

"One of the most amazing things I've ever done was this 2008 USO Tour with the Hollywood Knights. I've been around the country and met all types of fans and had great interactions with people who have seen my work before but nothing like this. I really felt honored to be able to entertain the troops and their families especially during this time of war. This trip really put into perspective for me who is actually out there on the front lines fighting for America and freedom across the world. The audiences where amazing and I don't think I've ever received this level of appreciation from any audience before. Their appreciation is nothing to the gratitude I have for the US Troops who are out there doing there job everyday and never ask for a thank you. This was a truly life changing experience for me and if I can ever be of service again, USO, pleas call me."

Leonard Robinson – MTV’S Wild N’ Out

"The experience I had with the Hollywood Knights and the USO was one that I will remember for two lifetimes. The people involved with this tour to Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium were all incredible: the bus driver, the sound engineer, Jeff, The Hollywood Knights, and the soldiers. This trip was one of the best times I have had in my entire life…filled with laughter and a sense of comradery. To see the faces on the families and on the soldiers and knowing that we were able to bring them a little bit of home and see their smiles made me proud to be with these guys on a great team! Thank you Hollywood Knights and USO!"

Wolf – American Gladiators

"As entertainers, we are often presented with opportunities to participate in charity organizations and various activities all across the board. And I can only speak for my self but a lot of the times, I don't necessarily feel like I deserve to be there. I mean after all, I am just an actor. It’s not like I am curing cancer here people. In my short career, I have been flown all over the country and many parts of the world to do press, shake hands, and chip away at the open bar. Can’t say I haven't enjoyed myself but I can say that there have been times I have walked away from an event, gift bag in hand, and had no real perspective on what cause I was there to promote or who the people were that we were supposedly helping. That being said, I have long been interested in being a part of a USO tour.

I never really knew exactly what that would entail but I knew I wanted to be a part. Maybe it’s because in my head it would be a very small way to do something for the men and women that are actually paying with their time and sweat, and far too often their blood, to give people like me the opportunity to enjoy my life and lifestyle. Or maybe it’s because I feel guilty for not serving my country like the men and women of out Armed Forces. Either way, when The Hollywood knights came calling and offered me the chance, I was all for it.

For the sake of not rambling on and on, I will cut to the part where after only a couple of games, I felt compelled to actually call my parents and my girlfriend and tell them that for the first time in my life as an actor, I was proud of myself for being a part of something. This trip and what were doing there was put into perspective for me before the first game even started.

The commanding officer at Manheim came into the locker room before the game and told us in so many words that we couldn't really comprehend how much this means to the troops and their families. He then went on to explain that we wouldn't see a lot of military men and women in the stands because they were 'down range, in Iraq and Afghanistan but would see their spouses and children. Think about that for a second. Here you are living in the states having a great ol' time and the phone rings with the news that you are to pick up shop, take your kids out of school and move to Germany for two, four or however many years. Then when you get there and you finally settle in, your spouse gets sent away for fifteen months to do their job somewhere in the Middle East. Here you are now, twelve thousand miles away from grandma and grandpa and your husband or wife, or mom or dad is gone for a year and you will talk to them once maybe twice a week if you are lucky.

These are the people that we came in contact with. These are the kids that we pulled out of the stands and put our jersey's on. These are the moms and dads that told us how grateful they were to us for coming over and making their kids laugh for a couple hours and more importantly, reminding all of them, men women and children alike, that the American public has not forgotten about them. This is what made me proud. This is what reminded me why I wanted to be an actor. It wasn't for the gift bag or for the open bar, but it was to put a smile on people’s faces for a couple hours.

There wasn't a person we ran into that didn't thank us for taking the time out of our busy lives to come over there. Again, I can only speak for myself when I say that this was one of the best experiences of my life and I am truly grateful for the chance to be a part of it."

Geoff Stults – October Road, The Express

"I had a wonderful experience traveling to Europe with the Hollywood Knights and playing ball with the USO. I had never been to Europe before and I love basketball so I was really excited about the trip. After meeting the troops and families of troops who were “downrange” I gained a new respect for our armed forces and what they do for our country. The appreciation and respect is hard to put into words. These are ordinary people from ordinary families who have dedicated a few years of their lives and many times, their whole like to the protection of our country and the freedom of our allies. My experience was very informative and appreciative. I have learned a great deal and I would go back as many times as I am invited! Thanks for a wonderful experience!"

Deric “D-Wrek” Battiste – MTV’S Wild N’ Out

"It was a great experience to be part of the Hollywood Knights! So well organized and for such a great cause. I am truly happy to have been a part of it! Thank you so much!! And thanks to Michael and all the organizers for the hard work for the kids."

Marcus Schenkenberg – Model

"This trip has changed my life in a way I thought could never happen. From the new friends I've made...to the side of the world I probably would have never thought to visit but now plan to return!!! Its one of the most beautiful and romantic places I've ever experienced. I'm just a kid from a small town in Florida and because of Michael, Traci and the rest of the AMAZING staff ... I was treated like a kid from a royal family!!! I love you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Adrian R'Mante, The Suite Life of Zach and Cody

"Bergen or Bust. I got Norway in my rear view mirror and all I want to know is when we are going back? To travel over the land to Norway for charity & basketball was a humbling offer I could not refuse. Being my first event with the Hollywood Knights I have to give much thanks to them for an amazing experience that went off without a glitch. They gave me the opportunity to travel with minimal stress and gave me a perspective I can not put into words. As they say in Norwegian, "Skoll! (Cheers!) to the Knights and we'll get them next year!"

Stephen Colletti – One Tree Hill, Laguna Beach

"Thank you so very much to all of the wonderful people of Hollywood Knights!  I had the most incredible experience and I will never forget any of the sights I saw.  I can't even begin to express my gratitude to everyone for giving me the opportunity to spend time with the incredibly strong children of the Norwegian Cancer Society.  I was so touched by their amazing spirits and I know that I'm leaving with a much fuller heart!  Thank you,  Thank you,  Thank you!!!" 

Andrea Bowen, Desperate Housewives

"My thoughts: We live only once and our purpose is to make a difference in everyone's life even if it's for a brief moment in time. The time spent with the children from the Norwegian Cancer Society was not enough for me personally. Watching them and seeing the pain they have gone through in such a short amount of time only helps me acknowledge and appreciative my own life and the opportunities that have been put in front of me. I see how precious life is because of the pain they have gone through. Those children are my idols and role models. I admire them for their courage, strength and faith. Whatever they believe in, it's beautiful. They have proven to me that life is amazing. I personally want to make a difference in their lives, and in turn, their lives have made a difference to me. Thank you – Vicky, Mike, Traci, and Drina for giving me this opportunity."

Aaron Carter, Recording Artist

"Rarely in our lives do we have a chance to have such a personally rewarding experience that has such a profoundly positive effect on the lives of others. Every moment of the trip was truly special from the wonderful Hollywood Knights team to the beautiful and welcoming city of Bergen to the smiles and strength of the children we were lucky enough to get to know. Thank you so much and I hope to be a part of the Hollywood Knights family for a very long time. PS - Michael, Vicky, Traci, Drina, Howie and Miata – You really made this trip. Thank you all so much for making this so unbelievably special. Never have I laughed so much or slept so little. You guys are incredible and wonderful people. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Joy Lauren, Desperate Housewives

"Probably the most memorable travel experience of my life. Beautiful people, breathtaking scenery and priceless company and bonding. In addition to the fact that the tour was safe, efficient and organized to the hilt. Thank you to all those involved for the time of my life."

Kyle Lowder, Bold and The Beautiful

"This trip has left a mark on my heart that will never be forgotten. I've made so many friends and met so many people on this tour and would do it all over again. People say that we as people/celebrities bring so much joy to these children lives just by saying hello, but in actuality they are the ones that bring joy to us. A child that can still smile and play like they never had an illness or disease can make even the toughest man cry. We do thee things to create lifelong relationships with these children and just hope to leave a mark on their hearts like they did ours. Just knowing that one conversation, one high five, or one laugh could maybe get them thru even the hardest days means the world to me. That's what it's all about."

Chris Richardson, American Idol season 6

"This trip to Bergen has been a once in a lifetime experience that I hope to experience more than once in a lifetime. Beautiful city, Beautiful people, Beautiful flavored water. Can't wait until next time!"

Josh Henderson, Desperate Housewives

Buddy Hackett “I had such a good time at the Hollywood Knights Event. I was very well taken care of and so were my friends who came as guests. It was a great opportunity to play a fun game of poker for a great cause!”

Paul Davis, L.A. Clippers

Buddy Hackett “David is a very honest man. If he tells you something, you don’t have to worry.”

Buddy Hackett

Leslie Nielson “I don’t play any sport I can’t play out of a golf cart. It’s the best game in the world. And David Mirisch is the best tournament organizer in the whole world. He handles these events with style and with class. He has to deal with a lot of problems and a lot of different personalities and he does it gracefully. It’s not an easy job. And, by the way, I don’t play golf to feel bad. I play bad golf, but I feel good!”

Leslie Nielson

“Dave is always doing something to help people.  He really likes to help raise money for different charities.”

Pat Boone

"Crazy nights with the crazy Knights in Norway…had a blast. Can’t wait for the next one!"

David Faustino
Married With Children

Thank you so much for the fun day of poker at the Charity Poker Tournament. I can't think of anyone more deserving than the Southern California Firefighters and their families, and I was happy to be a part of raising so much money for them. I really enjoyed the event and was very impressed with how well it was run.

Donna Mills

From the staff to the food to the fun, every charity event I have attended through your company has been a blast. Can you think of the last time you had a great time, met great people, had good food AND laughed, at the same time you were also helping to raise money for a needy cause??? I can, "it was the last time i went to an event through David Mirisch and Hollywood Knights". These folks treat you right. But most of all they treat the charity right,"with respect".These are upstanding people. I look forward to the next event you call me to attend.

Erin Moran

Great event! Well organized, well run, and for a great cause! Look forward to many more!

Roger Cross

Bergen (with the Hollywood Knights) was and will always be an everlasting fond memory and I cant wait to go back. The people that came on the trip made it feel like a family and I had a great time. When's the next one? I'M COMING!!!

Nick Carter – Backstreet Boys

“My experience in Norway is one that I will always treasure! The people of the beautiful city of Bergen made me feel welcome from the minute I got there! It is truly a gem of a place! It’s scenery, the food and last but not least the beautiful people! The Hollywood Knights organization did a remarkable job by taking all of us there, to not only enjoy the city but for a good cause, to lend a hand to kids with the misfortune of being diagnosed with cancer! It was truly an honor to be part of this. Can't wait to go back!”

Amaury Nolasco – Prison Break

“The Hollywood Knights trip to Bergen Norway was a life changing experience for me in every aspect of my being”.

Matt Czuchry – Gilmore Girls

“Norway creates the impression that you are family coming home for a visit. The snow capped mountains and gorges the pristine fjords have instilled enchanting memories of my wonderful trip to Norway. In my short time to this beautiful country I feel I have made friendships that will last a lifetime.”

Paul Johansson – One Tree Hill
“My trip to Bergen was filled with a lifetime of memories. The people were so hospitable and beautiful, and the city was gorgeous. My whole experience was simply magnificent, thanks for having me".

Paula Trickey – Pacific Blue and The OC

“I had a great time the culture was cool and learning a bit about Bergen … it was awesome!!!! Would love to go and play there again”.

Joey Fatone - *Nsync


Ryan Starr – American Idol and VH1's Surreal Life

Thanks for a great job last night (at the Deal or No Deal Gala Dinner and Show).  Couldn’t have been smoother from our perspective.  Thanks for getting everything we needed and having the crew to make it happen.  I hope we can do it many more times!  See you on the course...

Mark DeCarlo

Terri and I really enjoyed being a part of the 1st annual Deal or No Deal Celebrity Golf Classic.  Everyone deserves to give themselves a pat on the back for a job well done.

Michael, your work on the Gala was supreme; you pulled magic with the sound and lights.

Jimmy Stewart
Apophis Music

Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

Dear David, As usual you provided a day of fun, excitement and most of all meeting great people.  The hospitality on the boat was first class.  Punctuating the weekend was the great accommodations provided.   …..Your organization and the Foundation provided a fabulous room at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa which allowed them to come along.  It was a great overnight adventure and fun day. Thank you to all involved.  I hope to be invited back for next year's event.  Many hugs,

Patrika Darbo

Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

David - Just wanted to thank you for making me a part of your special event [Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular].

Regards, Gabby Reece

Michael and the HK crew: Thank you so very very very much for everything you have done!  Without you I would have been lost.  All of you have made a terrific show, and set the tone for the following day’s events which, however, we have grossed over $200,000 for St. Jude so far with sponsors, donations, auctions etc. You worked your butts off and I really appreciate everything! You are first rate, and I love you all for everything!  Thanks again.

Paula Trickey – Deal or No Deal Celebrity Golf Classic Tournament Producer

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