National Anthem Girl Coming to North Dakota
Janine Stange, known as ‘National Anthem Girl’ for her mission to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” in every state by Sept. 14 to honor national heroes and the song’s 200th anniversary, will check North Dakota, her 44th state, off the list by performing at Aug. 5’s 7:02 p.m. Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks game.
Stange prepares a table in each state to give attendees the opportunity to handwrite a thank you card, each of which goes directly into a care package for a deployed military member or veteran, assembled by Operation Gratitude, a volunteer-based non-profit that annually sends 100,000 care packages to individually named U.S. service members, veterans and caregivers.
Hailing from Long Island, N.Y., and residing in Los Angeles, Calif., Stange has performed the Star Spangled Banner hundreds of times through high school, college and her recording artist career. Stange released her third studio album, which was later distributed to iTunes and included a recording of the National Anthem in an effort to honor America, in 2008. She made history in April 2010 when she was invited to sing the national anthem at the Konica Minolta Big City Classic, MetLife Stadium’s inaugural event, in East Rutherford, N.J.
Stange’s goal began in 2012 as she was touched by those who give meaning to America’s song, especially the men and women who serve in our country’s military.
Fueled by a desire to promote patriotism, Stange’s mission didn’t take long to capture the attention of national media and local news outlets and, on April 14, Janine appeared on Fox and Friends, America’s No. 1 morning cable talk show, with hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Steve Doosy and Eric Bolling.
Stange was asked to sing the Anthem on the national program, reached millions of viewers and inspired many to donate and support her cause to help alleviate costs to travel to all 50 states.
After the Fox and Friends appearance, Stange was asked to perform at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, and for the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 16, the New York Knicks, New York Nets, Cincinnati Reds, Pro Bull Riders, MLL Championships, Tennis Hall of Fame, Patriot Tour with Marcus Luttrell, Monster Jam, AMA Supercross, Brooklyn Nets, LA Kings, LA Galaxy, NY Islanders, Georgia Tech, Xavier University and UCLA.
Donations to Stange’s cause can be made at www.nationalanthemgirl.org, and fans can support Stange’s journey on Twitter at @TheAnthemGirl and on Facebook at The Anthem Girl.