30 March 2008

Project American Heroes Raises $130,000 to Benefit Armed Forces Community

(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) is proud to announce that the custom-built 1957 Chevy convertible built under the name Project American Heroes was auctioned off Friday, March 28, at the 6th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car auction in Palm Beach, Florida raising $130,000 for The Armed Forces Foundation. The convertible was unveiled at the 4th Annual Armed Forces Foundation’s Congressional Gala on March 5th, in Washington, DC. The proceeds from the vehicle’s sale will be used by the Armed Forces Foundation to directly support members of the military community.

“This magnificent piece of work demonstrates supporters of the military community coming together for a great cause,” said Armed Forces Foundation President, Patricia Driscoll. “The money raised will be used to assist military families facing financial hardships and provide them with the support they so desperately deserve.”

Project American Heroes began last summer when CARS, Inc., of Rochester Hills, MI and the Roadster Shop of Elgin, IL, united with the editors of Super Chevy Magazine to recreate a custom built, classic 1957 Chevrolet convertible. The car is equipped with a Smeding 700 hp, 572 cu in Chevy engine, TCI four speed automatic transmission, Moser posi-traction rearend, Classic Auto Air Conditioning, and complete Heidts/Air Ride suspension system. Armed Forces personnel were invited to select the vehicle’s color scheme, interior design and exterior trim via the Project American Heroes web site (www.projectamericanheroes.net). Super Chevy Magazine covered the project from start-to-finish, which culminated with a special 100-page commemorative Super Chevy issue, “Building the Ultimate ’57.”

“We are thrilled with the participation and enthusiasm over Project American Heroes,” said Super Chevy magazine publisher, Ed Zinke. “We would like to offer a special thank you to our readers for their interest, our partners who contributed their time, skill and materials, and the military personnel who helped determine the final design. Everyone’s contributions made this project a huge success and we look forward to next year’s Project American Heroes 1969 Chevy Camaro.” Super Chevy is published by Source Interlink Media, a division of Source Interlink Companies, Inc.

About Armed Forces Foundation:
In 2001 the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) was established as a 501(c)3 organization under the U.S. Department of Defense’s America Supports You program. AFF offers vital assistance to active-duty and retired personnel, National Guard, Reserve Components and military families as they cope with difficult circumstances. Through a multitude of programs the Armed Forces Foundation assists military families with utilities and rent; hotel and travel costs; holiday gifts for military children; and therapeutic recreational activities. The Armed Forces Foundation has been recognized by the President of the United States, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Education and the Department of Energy for its dedication to America’s Service Members.

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