GAC Family: Special Presentation to Honor America’s Top Performing Police and Military K-9 Heroes

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“K-9 HERO AWARDS” PREMIERES THURSDAY, MAY 12 AT 5PM ET

ON GAC FAMILY

Special Presentation to Honor America’s Top Performing Police and Military K-9 Heroes

NEW YORK, NY – April 28, 2022 – GAC Family will honor America’s top performing Police and Military K-9 Heroes in an all-new special “K-9 Hero Awards.”  Hosted by Larissa Wohl alongside US Army Veteran and certified K-9 Trainer, James Craigmyle, “K-9 Hero Awards” will premiere on GAC Family on Thursday, May 12 at 5pm ET.  The special presentation is created in partnership with Project K-9 Hero, an organization dedicated to providing assistance for our nation’s heroic working dogs. 

“K-9 Hero Awards” showcases the incredible achievements and devoted service of Police K-9s, Military Working Dogs, Fire Department K-9s and Search and Rescue K-9s at the Local, State and Federal levels.  K-9 Heroes are crowned in seven categories: Patrol Apprehension, Narcotics Detection, Tracking and Trailing, Firearms Detection, Search and Rescue, Accelerant Detection, and Explosives Detection.  Award winning K-9s in each category will receive free medical coverage for life from Project K-9 Hero. 

Project K-9 Hero is a national nonprofit 501c3 organization, whose mission is to provide medical care, food, and death benefit assistance for our nation’s retired Police K-9s and Military Working Dogs. Project K-9 Hero also helps K-9s who need a home after their service, through rehabilitation and adoption. Project K-9 Hero is actively engaged with Members of Congress to pass a law that grants federal funding towards the medical care for retired working dogs through the K-9 Hero Act.

“K-9 Hero Awards” is part of GAC Family’s broadening commitment to quality, pet-centric programming that raises awareness for important causes supporting animal welfare in America.  In February, GAC Family announced “Great American Rescue Bowl” a new special slated to air in 2023 which will showcase kittens, puppies, cats, and dogs available for adoption at shelters across the country.

“K-9 Hero Awards” is produced for GAC Family by Pleasant Street Entertainment.

See below for the full list of 2021 K-9 Hero Awards Recipients.

K-9 Hero Awards Recipients:

Patrol Apprehension Award

K-9 Chief/ Nick Stewart

Agency – Moses Lake PD

Moses Lake, WA

Narcotics Detection Award

K-9 Asha/Jaime Garcia

Agency – Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, TX

Edinburg, TX

Explosives Detection Award

MWD Eros/Paige Lewis

Agency – US Army 947th Military Police Detachment (Washington D.C.)

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

Firearms Detection Award

K-9 Titan/Daniel Kaase

Agency – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives – Dallas Field Division

Brock, Texas

Search and Rescue Award

K-9 Bella/Barbara Weakley Jones

Agency – Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, KY

Louisville, KY

Accelerant Detection Award

K-9 Dolley/Bud Herndon

Agency – Loudon County Fire Marshals Office, VA

Ashburn, VA

Tracking/Trailing Award

K-9 Rusty/Chris Robinson

Agency – Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, SC

Greenville, South Carolina

K-9 Flash Legacy Award

K-9 Duke/Ed Soares

Agency – Menlo Park PD, California

Menlo Park, California

CANDACE CAMERON BURE SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH GAC MEDIA

Bure to Create Original Content and Seasonal Celebrations for GAC Family and GAC Living

NEW YORK, NY – April 19, 2022 – Christmas comes early to GAC Media as the company today announced that they have signed Candace Cameron Bure to develop, produce and star in movies and television across GAC Family and GAC Living. Bure will take on a prominent executive role at the company to oversee and curate programming for the networks as a whole. Additionally, through her Candy Rock Entertainment, she has agreed to develop and produce original content for GAC’s channels. Bure will also create year-round seasonal celebration content for the networks and play a key role in the company’s annual Great American Christmas franchise.

“Candace is adored by generations of fans as one of family entertainment’s most cherished and relatable stars,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO of GAC Media. “She has helped build this genre into the mainstream success it is today, and I look forward to working together at GAC Media as we further establish our brands as leaders in quality family programming. I am truly honored that she has chosen to be a part of and help curate her special brand of family entertainment here at Great American Channels.” 

“I’m very excited to develop heartwarming family and faith-filled programming and make the kind of stories my family and I love to watch,” Bure said.  “I am constantly looking for ways that I can inspire people to live life with purpose.  GAC fits my brand perfectly; we share a vision of creating compelling wholesome content for an audience who wants to watch programming for and with the whole family.  Great, quality entertainment with a positive message is what my partnership with GAC is all about!”

In addition to being an actress, producer, director, and New York Times bestselling author, Bure is an entrepreneur whose brand extends from entertainment and lifestyle, to faith and family.  Bure is the CEO of Candy Rock Enterprises; head of her own self-titled clothing and lifestyle brands; a prolific author and co-owner of Bure Family Wines. Bure is known for holiday romantic comedies where she is a perennial fan favorite, having starred in dozens of movies created in close partnership with Abbott. Bure starred in and executive produced one of television’s most successful mystery movie franchises, “Aurora Teagarden.” She competed on Dancing with the Stars in 2014 and was co-host of The View in 2015 and 2016. Fans first came to know Candace as D.J. Tanner in “Full House.” In 2016, Bure and her “Full House” co-stars reunited to create 75 episodes of “Fuller House.” Both of the classic sitcoms are currently airing on GAC Family.

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ABOUT GAC Media

GAC Media, LLC is home to Great American Channels: GAC Family: Stories Well Told and GAC Living: Life Well Lived. As the flagship service, GAC Family features family-friendly series, original holiday movies and seasonal romcoms that celebrate faith, family and country. GAC Living is the unscripted companion to GAC Family that celebrates Great American family-friendly traditions every day and every season. GAC Media, LLC was established in June 2021 and was organized by Dallas-based Hicks Equity Partners LLC and Bill Abbott. Its ownership primarily consists of US-based family offices.

About Candy Rock Enterprises

Candy Rock Enterprises is a joint-venture between Candace Cameron Bure and the full-service development and execution team behind Redrock Entertainment. Candy Rock Enterprises activities include a skin care and cosmetics development brand, the launch of Bure’s successful clothing line with QVC, and the creation of a lifestyle brand with DaySpring, a faith-resources company headquartered in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Candy Rock’s Entertainment division develops and produces television projects, lifestyle programming and feature length films with an emphasis on family-friendly content.