Taylor Morris Courtesy of Tim Dodd Photography
It is all about one of our own and it is happening this Saturday, August 3rd at 7 pm in Gateway Park, Lincoln & Main St., Cedar Falls. Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band Benefit Concert for Taylor Morris! Taylor, born and raised in Cedar Falls, suffered debilitating injuries while serving in Afghanistan. A Navy explosive ordnance disposal expert, Taylor lost parts of four limbs, while clearing the way for a special Army unit.  

After over a year of rehab, Taylor and his girlfriend, Danielle Kelly, are ready to wrap up his extensive rehab and move back home. And now we can help build him a “Smart Home” so they can do just that. Plus have a good time while helping! The money raised from the concert will go towards this home that will be equipped with “smart” devices geared specifically to Taylor’s needs.

The project is a collaboration of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Sinise Foundation in the Building for America’s Bravest program, which strives to provide personal independence and freedom to wounded warriors by designing a house around their needs. “Smart Homes” normally feature retractable cooktops, cabinets and shelving, automated lighting, heating, air-conditioning and window treatments controlled by an iPad, as well as elevators, roll-in bathrooms, front-load washers and dryers, intercom systems and automated doors.

New York artist Scott LoBaido has started work painting a rooftop American flag on the roof of the Cedar Falls AMVETS Post 49 building. Highly visible from Hwy. 58, the flag will be completed this week – in the days preceding the benefit concert Taylor. The project is designed to stimulate public interest in the concert at Gateway Park, which will raise funds to build quadruple-amputee Morris an iPad-operated “smart home” to accommodate his disabilities. According to Catherine Christmas of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, the flag will serve as a permanent thank you to Taylor Morris for his service, and a thank you to the community of Cedar Falls and surrounding area for its support of Taylor and our fund raising effort.

Tickets for the concert at Gateway Park in Cedar Falls are $25 and $35; special VIP tickets are $100. They may be purchased by calling (800) 293-5949, online at http://www.operationtaylor.com or at the College Square or University Avenue Hy-Vee stores. Do your part and please help are very own, home grown American hero.

Vicki S. Bailey
Cedar Falls Tourism

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