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A group that funds scholarships for the families of fallen and wounded troops has received $225,000 from the auction of a special Jeep.
The first Commando Tactical Edition Jeep Wrangler was auctioned this month as part of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach, Florida.
The proceeds went to the Patriot Foundation, which supports the families of Fort Bragg, Fort Campbell and special operations troops.
The Jeep was donated by Hendrick Dynamics and Transamerican Auto Parts and had a custom patriotic hood graphic.
The Patriot Foundation supports a number of charities providing scholarships to Fort Bragg troops, including the 18th Airborne Corps and 82nd Airborne Division.
In a statement, foundation President Chuck Deleot said the Patriot Foundation was extremely grateful for the donation.
— Drew Brooks
Pictured: Team Panther receiving the $10,000 donation from Patriot Foundation’s Captain Deleot and General Smith after completing over 100 miles at NC’s first 12-Hour TICK TOCK ULTRA event. The inaugural NC event was held at Forest Creek Golf Club in Pinehurst.
The winning military relay team, Team Panther, was comprised of five male runners from the 3rd Basic Combat Team from the 82nd Airborne Division. They collectively ran an awe-inspiring 100.05 miles.
New records were set when Forest Creek Golf Club at Pinehurst, NC, opened their gates to pre-registered ultra distance runners October 24 for the Tick Tock Ultra event that benefited the Patriot Foundation. The overall male winner, Charles Dodd, logged 65.55 miles, while the overall female winner, Stephanie Smith logged 51.75 miles. Each overall winner was presented with $250, a bronzed running shoe trophy, and a custom medal.
A relay team component allowed groups of up to five runners to take turns running the 3.45-mile course to collectively log as many miles as possible in 12 hours. The relay teams were further divided into military and civilian categories. The winning civilian team logged 89.7 miles.
In addition to receiving custom medals, gift cards, and a Military Relay Team Champion trophy for their unit, Patriot Foundation’s Captain Chuck Deleot and General Lance Smith also presented Team Panther with the event’s $10,000 donation that will be used to provide scholarship money for the children of selected warriors from their unit.
Overall male results: Charles Dodd, 65.55 miles; Joel Chuning 51.75, Luis Chevere 48.3, Sean Todd 44.85, Aaron Oldham 37.95, Belvie Jenkins 34.5, Chuck Cordell 31.05, Brian Povish 31.5, Frederick Tuisl 31.5.
Overall female results: Stephanie Smith, 51.75 miles; Elizabeth Gmerek 48.3, Lisa Dodd 37.95, Rene Ellis 37.95, Jennifer Sutterfield 34.5, Kay Jenkins 34.5, Donna Raye 31.05.
RALEIGH, NC and RICHMOND, VA–(Marketwired – May 22, 2015) – Local Hardee’s® restaurants throughout North Carolina and Virginia have kicked off fundraising in support of military families and veterans with the Stars for Heroes™ campaign. Running now through June 16th, Hardee’s customers are being asked to donate $1 in support of active duty military and veterans and will receive a commemorative, patriotic star cut-out. In turn, the guest will receive a coupon sheet valued at $10 in savings on the purchase of Hardee’s menu items and the star is placed on the wall of the local restaurant.
Proceeds from this year’s Stars For Heroes fundraiser at the Hardee’s locations operated by franchisee Boddie-Noell Enterprises (most of which are in North Carolina and Virginia) will go to The Patriot Foundation. The North Carolina-based, all-volunteer nonprofit raises funds to provide support to military families who have a soldier that has been wounded, injured or killed while in service to our country fighting the Global War on Terrorism.
In addition, a portion of the proceeds raised from the sale of Stars will go to two national organizations that support military-minded charities, Dream Foundation’s Dreams for Veterans and USA Cares. The national Stars for Heroes campaign is being led by CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. restaurants. The campaign has raised more than $3.5 million since its inception in 2011.
The Boddie-Noell-operated Hardee’s restaurants designated the Patriot Foundation for this year’s campaign as the regional recipient charity because of the company’s successful partnership with the organization over the past decade.
The Patriot Foundation began in 2003 to provide college scholarship assistance to children of 82nd Airborne Division soldiers and children of Army Special Operations soldiers. Since then, the Patriot Foundation has broadened its reach, donating more than $3 million and providing some 860 college scholarships as well as child care for spouses who need to go back to school.
“We’re excited to kick off this Stars For Heroes partnership again with the Patriot Foundation,” said Jerry Allsbrook, chief marketing officer for Boddie-Noell Enterprises. “In North Carolina and Virginia where we have many military installations and families of current and former military, it’s gratifying to see our customers support these families as they work to secure a positive future after sacrificing like they have for our country.”
“We’re very grateful for the collaboration again with Hardee’s and Boddie-Noell,” said Chuck Deleot, president and board chair of The Patriot Foundation. “They’ve been supportive of the military and veteran community over the years and we appreciate the generosity of their customers.”
About Boddie-Noell Enterprises
Boddie-Noell is proud to have been a Hardee’s franchise operator for more than 50 years. Family owned, Boddie-Noell is the largest Hardee’s franchisee in the United States with 335 restaurant locations in four states. The company is based in Rocky Mount, N.C.
Pinehurst, NC – Grins Food and Beverage Company presented a check for $25,000 to the Patriot Foundation. The money will be used to provide support to military families who have a family member that has been wounded, injured or killed while in service to our country and fighting the Global War on Terrorism.
“Grins creates better-for-you products that help promote a happy and healthy lifestyle. In addition to creating and marketing the Official Beverage of Happy People®, Grins also gives back by designating 3% of its annual revenue for outstanding organizations like the Patriot Foundation.” said Ed Battle, President of Grins. “At Grins, we take pride in providing a healthy, hydrating beverage for our troops, but part of our mission is to give back to those in need. That is why Grins in now a proud supporter of the Patriot Foundation.”
President and Board Chair, Chuck Deleot accepted the check on behalf of the Patriot Foundation. He commented, “We are so appreciative of Grins’ support. Earlier this year Grins also donated $20,000 to the Patriot Foundation. Their total 2014 donation of $45,000 will assist families of our servicemen and women who choose to stand in harm’s way to protect our country and our precious freedoms. Patriot Foundation began in 2003 and since that time we have donated over $3,000,000, providing approximately 860 college scholarships, as well as child care for spouses who need to go back to school,. We could not provide this level of assistance without corporate partners like the Battles and Grins Food and Beverage Company. They are true patriots, and .we are grateful for their support. This is a great Christmas present for our soldiers.
Chuck Deleot presents the tournament trophy to the winner of
the 12th annual National Patriot Senior Invitational. The winner is
professional Gibby Gilbert III who shot an 11 under par 205 at Pinehurst No. 9. There was a strong pro field provided by the Sunbelt Professional Senior Tour, and included former PGA star Danny Edwards, and Champions Tour players Tim Conley, Mitch Adams, Chris Tucker, John Ross, as well as tour rookie Tommy Stankowski. The tournament is a part of the 3 day Patriot Foundation Soldiers Appreciation Weekend which honors the sacrifices of soldiers and their families. Patriot Foundation is an all-volunteer non-profit organization headquartered in Pinehurst which has donated $3,000,000 since 2003, primarily for scholarships supporting the children of soldiers killed, wounded, and injured in the Global War on Terrorism.