Operation Open Arms is the only Florida charity to be featured on the NBC Today Show three times; such national acclaim is indeed a success story for the organization! Here is the Today Show clip from 2005 when Operation Open Arms got off the ground.
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In the News
3/25/20 – Many thanks to Operation Open Arms
2/12/20 – Maryland & DC Tribute to OOA
3/14/18 – US Congressman pays tribute to OOA
3/8/18 – OOA in the Naples Daily News
5/19/17 – Jensens Pitch In To Help Veterans Group
6/21/16 – Make PTSD counseling a priority
5/16/16 – USA Today journalist praises OOA
6/8/15 – OOA Founder vs Alligator!
1/28/15 – Scientists Seek OOA Founder
8/30/14 – OOA’s 100th Wedding!
8/21/13 – Marine writes stirring appeal for OOA
8/2/13 – Operation Open Arms needs our help
11/11/12 – Operation Open Arms donates final wedding
09/12/12 Collins Vision Contacts OOA to Help Give Troops the Gift of Vision.
05/09/12 Operation Open Arms is Honored with Junonia Award by Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau and Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce.
05/06/2012 Florida Weekly newspaper names OOA” Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization.”
04/29/12 US Marine Cpl Jonathan Taylor becomes OOA’s 2000th participant to receive full benefits.
04/21/2012 Wink News Covers Operation Open Arms welcoming of 1,999th Member at Southwest Florida International Airport.
03/31/12 Tarpon Lodge, Bert’s Bar, Sandy Hook, Jay at Bubba’s Roadhouse, Gerald Butters, Lisa Benton, Elaine McLaughlin, Maxine and Steve Woodard and Capt Chris Stanford and more Pine Islanders organize with Operation Open arms to provide Soldier’s wedding April 4.
02/08/12 Florida Weekly writer Roger Williams writes about Operation Open Arms and the organization’s need for administrative volunteers and donations for operating expenses.
2/1/12 Parrot Key Grill helps Operation Open Arms recover from arson’s fire with speedy donation to replace lost gift certificates.
Tara Woodring and Jeremy Crosby, both active duty service members, tied the knot at a sunset wedding on Pine Island at renowned Tarpon Lodge. Operation Open Arms’ 92nd wedding!
12/09/11 Gabriel and Caitilyn Lopez receive free beach wedding thanks to Pink Shell Resort and many Operation Open Arms contributors.
12/06/2011 Operation Open Arms Surprises Bride and Groom to be with Limo Ride in advance of OOA’s 90th Wedding as featured on WINK News.
11/20/11 Founder of Operation Open Arms, Captain John “GiddyUp” Bunch, Featured in Regional Southwest FL Living Magazine (Making Waves, page 10) for his Veteran’s day tribute to active duty troops.
11/11/11 Operation Open Arms and Pink Shell Resort host Six Weddings on Veteran’s Day, 11-11-11
11/01/11 Pine Islanders Care – Operation Open Arms a local treasure in Southwest FL.
09/09/11 Operation Open Arms Rallies Community to Bring Marine for Leave.
07/30/11 Fort Myers Beach Talk covers US Marines retreat sponsored by OOA. Recounts action on the battle field of soldier wounded while fighting the Taliban.
07/28/11 US Marines on leave from Afghanistan, Pakistan borders enjoy Fort Myers Beach retreat courtesy of OOA and ask others to donate to keep OOA going.
06/29/2011 Operation Open Arms Gets New Wheels – 1999 BMW Donated for Soldier Transport.
06/21/11 OOA helps serviceman get married on Fort Myers Beach. Our 81st wedding!
04/18/11 – OOA Receives Prestigious Award. John Bunch receives esteemed Seven Seals Award.
04/17/11 – Soldiers get Dream Wedding on Fort Myers Beach via Operation Open Arms.
03/09/2011 – ‘Giddyup’ behind a hero’s pitch. The News-Press’s Sam Cook writes local soldier’s first pitch for Red Sox-Braves game.