Rockin' The Corps: The PMK Press Release




(Los Angeles, CA – March 23, 2005) -- On April 1, 2005, some of the biggest names in the contemporary music industry are joining with producers Quincy Jones, Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Doc McGhee and Spencer Proffer to present a multi media concert and event celebration at Camp Pendleton, San Diego, CA on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps.  Titled Rockin' The Corps, this event is being sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, The J.E. Robert Companies, Federal Express, Wachovia, Bombardier/Learjet, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, PepsiCo and others (see below) to show appreciation for The United States Marine Corps and the men & women of the Military who serve to safeguard freedom for all American Citizens. It will be An American Thank You for our armed services members to enjoy with their families.  To date, nearly 25,000 U.S. Marines and Sailors from Camp Pendleton, California have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.  Camp Pendleton, our West Coast home of the Marine Corps, has suffered the highest casualty rate of any base in the United States.  

Destiny’s Child, Ja Rule, Godsmack, Kiss, Hootie and the Blowfish and Ted Nugent, along with host Cedric The Entertainer, comedians Jay Mohr and Louie Anderson and special guests Sharon Stone, Marisa Tomei, Michelle Rodriguez, Randy Jackson and many more will be "Rockin' The Corps" with more than 25,000 Marines, Sailors and their families at Camp Pendleton.  The producers’ goal is to give them an evening of entertainment they will never forget.

This event was initiated by Washington D.C. businessman and philanthropist, Joseph E. Robert, Jr., CEO of the J.E. Robert Companies.  Mr. Robert, long known for his charitable contributions to society through his philanthropy organization, Fight For Children, launched a separate 501(c)(3) organization, Support The Corps in an effort to rally support and contributions for the concert.  Mr. Robert asked Grammy, Oscar and Emmy honoree Jones, award winning record/ film producer Proffer and highly respected music manager and live event producer McGhee, to join forces in assembling the talent and managing the business goals for this unique initiative.  The producers are working closely with Jerry Inzerillo, Executive Vice President of Kerzner International, Ltd. to plan, coordinate and combine the elements.  This dynamic team has also been in constant coordination with Pete Elkin and Mike Wilkinson of Camp Pendleton for the last six months in order to create a show that the Marines will thoroughly enjoy.  Mr. Robert’s son, Corporal Joseph E. Robert III, is currently serving our country as a U.S. Marine.

Rockin’ The Corps is a free event and only open to active duty military personnel and their families. The evening will be filmed with the top technology available for a subsequent theatrical exhibition, televised special and DVD release.  All proceeds will go to the 501(c) (3) corporation formed to benefit the soldiers and families of the Marine Corps involved in our foreign combat efforts.  There will also be transmission to bases all over the world via the American Forces Network.

The title Sponsor for Rockin’ The Corps is Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion in the United States, marketing products and services through a network of 1,422 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers in 49 states. Established in 1957, TMS and its subsidiaries also are involved in distribution logistics, motorsports and general aviation. The company's main web site is

“Toyota is proud to support our troops,” said Don Esmond, senior group vice president and general manager of Toyota Motor Sales, USA and decorated Marine veteran. “We honor the commitment and loyalty of our Marines and their families who protect and defend our freedom.”

3-Star sponsors include J.E. Robert Companies, Bank of America, Bombardier Learjet, Coors Light, FedEx, First NLC Financial Services, Albert L Lord, Pepsico, Russ & Norma Ramsey, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Wachovia Additional sponsors include, Apex Oil Company, Washington Group International, MGM Mirage, Securitas Security Services USA, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Hooters, National Multi Housing Council, Sprint, The Acker Foundation, Douglas Development, Milledge & Linda Hart, Randy & Lara Lerner, Wells Fargo, Verizon, Jet Blue Airways, Four Seasons Resort and Outth!nk, St. Regis Resort

To request media credentials or additional information please contact Andy Gelb or Monique Huey of PMK/HBH at (310) 289-6200. All requests must be received by March 25rd.

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Andy Gelb / Monique Huey

(310) 289-6200