By Charlie Roumeliotis
Chicago Blackhawks national anthem singer Jim Cornelison will be making an appearance at Northern Illinois University this afternoon not only to perform his signature rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," but essentially to brainstorm marketing plans and promote a charity for the veterans.
This is not the first time Cornelison has been a part of an event dedicated to the troops.
The Blackhawks' anthem singer, who will be entering his eighth full season, is routinely joined by one active military member and one veteran on the ice prior to each Blackhawks home game to honor those that have or are currently serving for our country.
The Blackhawks and the United Service Organizations (USO) partnership has heightened over the last decade and a half and should continue to grow in the future. And the goal for the charity that Cornelison takes great pride in is to grow just as strong with the help of a new marketing strategy.
Cornelison is a 1992 graduate of Indiana University's Master of Music program and received countless awards, such as the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation Award and the George London Foundation Encouragement Grant. He also earned first place in the American Opera Society of Chicago's 1997 Vocal Competition.