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Sunday
Dec182011

Marine Lance Cpl. Aaron Leeks Date to the Ball: Michelle Obama

Chuck Kennedy/The White House (WASHINGTON) -- Marine Lance Cpl. Aaron Leeks was standing near the matchbox cars when First Lady Michelle Obama, helping sort Christmas giveaways to needy kids, moved right next to him.

Seeing an opening, “he struck.”

“She said, ‘yes.’ She’d love to go with me,” said Leeks, who is now awaiting White House confirmation that the president’s wife, indeed, will be his date for the Marine Corps Ball in November 2012.

“The reason she’s checking with her husband is to make sure that week is clear,” said Leeks, whose fiancé, another marine, is stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

Within the next 45 days, he heads for Afghanistan where he’ll be assigned to mortuary affairs, the unit he checked off as his first preference when he enlisted in March 2010.

“We process remains from fallen soldiers,” Leeks said. “We’re the last line from the fallen soldier to their family. Our job is to bring them back. Not too many people can do this.”

Asking the first lady to the ball, where she had stopped in to spotlight the Marines 65-year-old “Toys for Tots” project, was its own kind of daring.

Afterward, “a few people asked me, ‘Did you just ask your boss’s boss’s boss’s wife out?’”

Leeks said his request is a “thank you” for Michelle Obama’s personal outreach to military families.

“I knew how supportive the first lady is of the family structure, in general, and especially military families,” Leek told ABCNews.com by phone, from his parents’ home in Frederick, Md.

For his first Marines ball, he was date-less.

The two women he asked declined.

“I think one of them said she thought she’d have to work. The next young lady I asked just told me, ‘no’ without further explanation,” he said.

When he extended the same invitation to the president’s wife, she looked kind of shocked at first.

“Like, was I really asking her? She said, ‘Really?’ And I said, ‘Yes, ma’am’ I’m greatly honored.’”

Earlier this year, other marines also invited celebrities to a Marine Corps Ball, including Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake, who both attended events in November.

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Tuesday
Nov222011

Marine Says He Had 'A Blast' with Mila Kunis at Ball

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- U.S. Marine Sgt. Scott Moore became an Internet sensation earlier this year when he asked actress Mila Kunis out to the Marine Corps Ball while he was stationed in Afghanistan -- an invite the Black Swan star accepted.

The date took place Friday night, and appearing on ABC's Good Morning America on Monday, Sgt. Moore said he had "a blast."  He explained to ABC's Robin Roberts that he was floored by "how down to earth" the star was, and appreciated how eager she was to learn "about our history and our traditions, and meeting all my friends and coworkers."

Although he didn't get a goodnight kiss, Moore told Roberts he and Kunis would keep in touch.

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Sunday
Nov202011

Mila Kunis Attends Marine Corps Ball in North Carolina

PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images(GREENVILLE, N.C.) -- Mila Kunis kept her date with Marine Sgt. Scott Moore.

The actress accompanied Moore to a Marine Corp Ball in Greenville, N.C., Friday night, according to ABC News affiliate WCTI-TV .

Moore made headlines with the videotaped invitation to Kunis he posted to YouTube in July.

"It was kind of a bet between me and Marines in my platoon. I told everyone I was going to do it, but they didn't think I would go through with it," he wrote in an e-mail sent to ABCNews.com in July. "Of course, a bet between Marines must be honored, so I took the chance. You can't make shots that you don't take, so I took the best shot I could."

Moore admitted that taking Kunis to the ball was a long shot.

Kunis said yes while doing press for "Friends with Benefits," with co-star Justin Timberlake.

Last week, Timberlake kept his promise to attend a Marine Corp ball he was also invited to on YouTube.

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Monday
Nov142011

Justin Timberlake Goes to Ball with Marine Who Posted YouTube Invite

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Singer/actor Justin Timberlake made good on his promise, attending a Marine Corps ball in Washington, D.C. this weekend with a Marine who posted her invitation to him on YouTube.

He escorted Cpl. Kelsey De Santis, who posted her invite after another Marine, Sgt. Scott Moore, invited Timberlake's Friends with Benefits co-star Mila Kunis to a separate ball via a YouTube video.

Kunis accepted Moore’s invitation. She’ll go with him to the ball on Nov. 18 in Greenville, N.C.

On his website, Timberlake wrote that he was proud to attend the event to show his support of the armed forces.

“I knew I would have an evening that I wouldn’t forget...Something I could tell my friends about. What I didn’t know was how moved I would be by the whole experience,” he posted.

He also seemed impressed with De Santis, writing that the 23-year-old was “humble and honest...very cool,” and that she seemed concerned about whether he was enjoying himself.

“I have to tell you, it’s not every day that I meet a 23-year-old girl and she’s more worried about if I’m having fun or if I’m comfortable! It hit me all of a sudden that these were the type of people that look after us and our freedom...Humble, concerned for others before themselves...This was the type of person our Marine Corps was building. I was really blown away,” he wrote.

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Friday
Jul292011

Scarlett Johansson Turns Down Marine Corps Ball Invite

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Scarlett Johansson is one of the latest celebrities to receive an invitation from a Marine to a Marine Corps Ball, reports E! Online.com.

She was asked to the Nov. 10 Marine Corps Ball in Albany, Georgia by Sgt. Dustin L. Williams in a YouTube video, however, Johansson declined the invitation.

"I feel incredibly honored to have been invited to the Marine Corps Ball by Sgt. Dustin L. Williams," she said.  "Not only does Sgt. Williams deserve recognition for his bravery, selflessness and dedication to the United States and its people, but he also displays a cheeky talent for filmmaking."

She added, "Sgt. Williams unfortunately, due to prior commitments, I will not be able to attend the ball with you this year, but I am sending you a case of Moët and Chandon with gratitude.  In my absence, I raise a glass to you and all the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps, past and present, in thanks for your continued commitment to preserving the safety of our nation."

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Friday
Jul222011

Miley Cyrus Asked to Marine Corps Ball

PRNewsFoto/MTV Networks International(SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif.) -- The list of celebrities receiving invitations to the Marine Corps Balls is growing every day.  First it was Mila Kunis, then Justin Timberlake and Betty White, with Linda Hamilton also joining in.

Now, Ms. "Party in the U.S.A." has been asked to fulfill her patriotic dating duty.  Miley Cyrus has been invited to the November 12 Marine Corps Ball being held at SoCal's Camp Pendleton.  The transcript of the video invite is as follows:

"An amazing tradition has just begun: Marines asking celebrities out to the Marine Corps Ball. On Nov. 12, 2011, I, PFC Hart, would like to take a date, a proud American, Miley Cyrus, out to the Marine Corps Ball in beautiful southern California. Camp Pendleton. Please, Miley Cyrus, this one's for you girl."  The Marine then cut the video to Miley's Party in the U.S.A.

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Wednesday
Jul132011

Justin Timberlake Invited to Marine Corps Ball

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- First Mila Kunis, now Justin Timberlake. The boy band star-turned-actor has been invited to a Marine Corps Ball.

After Marine Sgt. Scott Moore invited Kunis to the ball via a YouTube video, Kelsey De Santis, a Virginia-based Marine, uploaded her own video asking Timberlake to accompany her to the Marine Corps Ball on Nov. 12 in Washington, D.C.

A representative for Timberlake did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment on whether or not he'll attend. De Santis joked in the video, "If you can't go, all I can say is, cry me a river."

Last week, Moore made headlines with his invitation to Kunis. Kunis and Timberlake star in the upcoming romantic comedy Friends With Benefits.

In an email sent to ABC News this week, Moore said he asked the sexy Black Swan actress to be his date on a dare from his fellow Marines.

Over the weekend, Kunis said yes while doing press for Friends with Benefits with co-star Timberlake. The 20-second video touched Timberlake, who vowed to make it happen when Fox411 asked Kunis about the invite. Then, in a message intended for Moore, Timberlake said, "I'm going to work on this, man. This needs to go down."

Taking a second to confer with her publicist, Kunis agreed. "I'll go. I'll do it for you," she said before asking Timberlake if he was going as well.

"They don't want me. They want you," Timberlake responded. "You need to do it for your country."

Resolved, Kunis confirmed, "I'll do it."

Moore said he got the news from one of his friends back home and his initial reaction was "disbelief." Moore is from Grove City, Pa., and his unit is based in Camp Lejeune, N.C. He said he has also heard from Kunis' "people."

He expressed his gratitude toward Timberlake, whom he called his "wingman."

"It's nice to know he can get over the jealously to help a brother out," he said jokingly before adding, "Justin Timberlake's encouragement definitely helped; I owe him one."

Moore said this year's ball will be special, not just because Kunis is his date, but also because its the 236th birthday of the Marine Corps and his unit will be home from Afghanistan. As for any special plans he has in store for Kunis, "I think I'll keep that a secret for now; we have to iron out the details."

But in terms of what she can expect, he quoted Eleanor Roosevelt: "The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!

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Monday
Jul112011

Mila Kunis Accepts Marine's Invite to Ball

ABC/A.M.P.A.S.(LOS ANGELES) -- One lucky Marine in Afghanistan is shouting "Hoorah" right about now.

That's because Mila Kunis, the sexy Black Swan actress, has accepted Marine Sgt. Scott Moore's invitation to be his date to the Marine Corps Ball in November.

The actress said yes over the weekend, while doing press for her upcoming film, Friends with Benefits, with co-star Justin Timberlake.

Last week, Moore, from the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines in Musa Qala, Afghanistan, set up a YouTube page called "Go With Me Mila" and posted a video asking the 27-year-old starlet to accompany him to the ball on Nov. 18 in Greenville, N.C.

"Hey Mila, Sgt. Moore, but you can call me Scotty," the sergeant said in uniform and dark sunglasses outside his bunker in Afghanistan. "I just want to take a moment out of my day to invite you to the Marine Corps Ball with yours truly. So take a second to think about it and get back to me. All right, bye now."

The 20-second video touched Timberlake, who vowed to make it happen when Fox411 asked Kunis about the invite.

"Have you seen this? Have you heard about this? You need to do it for your country," Timberlake asked Kunis.

Then, in a message intended for Moore, Timberlake said, "I'm going to work on this, man. This needs to go down."

Taking a second to confer with her publicist, Kunis agreed. "I'll go. I'll do it for you," she said before asking Timberlake if he was going as well.

"They don't want me! They want you," Timberlake responded. "You need to do it for your country."

Resolved, Kunis confirmed, "I'll do it."

ABC News did not get an immediate response from Kunis' rep. Nor did Moore respond immediately to emails.

A lot of folks were cheering the Marine on his YouTube page Monday. "Ha! She said yes! Lucky sucker! Congrats man!" one person wrote.

Like a lot of other people, that person may have been wishing he had come up with Moore's idea sooner.

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