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Event at the Historic Ship Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum in Groton, CT will honor women whose spouses are deployed

GROTON, CT - Twenty expectant military wives will have the opportunity to experience what many moms-to-be may take for granted: A baby shower.  The women, whose spouses are deployed sailors, will be honored during a group baby shower hosted by Operation Shower in partnership with Birdies for the Brave on Thursday, August 25, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Historic Ship Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum in Groton, CT.  The sailors are assigned to Commander, Submarine Group Two boats located at the Naval Submarine Base New London.

The event is being presented by, with sponsorship support from The Travelers Championship and St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

The majority of the women are first-time moms, many of whom are stationed far from family and friends - making the Operation Shower event a dream come true.  In addition to dinner, each of the moms will receive Operation Shower's signature "Shower In A Box" - a gift of high-quality products for mothers and babies that have been generously donated by local and national vendors.   Beyond these tangible items, the most meaningful gift may be the unique opportunity for the moms to find comfort and support from other women in the same situation as they celebrate this milestone.

"This event will give me a chance to meet a lot of other women here," said Vanessa Hust, expectant mother who is in her first trimester of her pregnancy.  "I don't have any family located in the area and since my closest family members are in Florida, attending this event means a lot to me."

Special guests at the event will include U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Michael E. McLaughlin, commander of Submarine Group Two, and his wife, Karen; other senior military leadership from the Naval Submarine Base New London; representatives from the PGA TOUR, including Allison Keller, senior vice president of human resources; and Operation Shower Founder LeAnn Morrissey.

"For military wives who are expecting a new baby and whose spouses are deployed, or in cases where spouses have been injured in service to our country, the impending arrival of a child can be both exciting and stressful," said Morrissey.  "Operation Shower was created specifically because typically military moms are the ones who hold it all together at home.  Without their spouses by their side, deployed to a another part of the world or seriously injured, these moms deserve our support, our thanks, our love and an opportunity to celebrate together."

"We know that in the military, families serve too," said Sheila Marcelo, founder and CEO of  "We are thrilled to be a part of Operation Shower and support some of the strongest women in our country.  These moms-to-be have the biggest jobs on earth: Raising strong, healthy children while their partners are out defending our country.  We're excited to be among the companies that are responding to the Joining Forces movement launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, and we are honored to work with the PGA TOUR in showing support for our growing military families."

About Operation Shower

Operation Shower ( is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and honoring military families by providing joyful baby showers for military wives to ease the burden of deployment, or in cases where spouses are seriously injured.   Since the organization's inception in 2007, Operation Shower has showered more than 400 women on military bases and other locations for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and National Guard.

About, Inc.

Founded in 2006, ( is the largest and fastest growing service used by families seeking high-quality care providers, providing a place to easily connect with hundreds of thousands of care providers, share care giving experiences and get advice.  The company addresses the unique lifecycle of care needs that each family goes through - child care, special needs care, tutoring and lessons, pet care, housekeeping and more.  To help ensure safety both online and at home, provides mom-reviewed profiles, monitored messaging, access to background checks, recorded references, and educational information on the interviewing process.  Through its Employer Program, corporations can offer memberships as a benefit to employees.

About Birdies for the Brave®

Birdies for the Brave is a national military outreach initiative proudly supported by the PGA TOUR designed to show support and appreciation to the courageous men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families.  Birdies for the Brave was originally created in 2004 by PGA TOUR player Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, to support combat-injured troops.  In 2005, the PGA TOUR adopted Birdies for the Brave and expanded the program to include a variety of military outreach efforts in support of wounded warriors and military families.  For more information, visit

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(562) 431-5962

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The Travelers Championship
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