‘Crossing of America’ to raise money for 9/11 familiesWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Monroe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Superstore of Monroe is supporting the Spirit of Jeep Foundation’s ‘Crossing of America’ with a fundraiser to raise money and awareness for the families of those affected by the attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.
The “Crossing of America” promotion will involve a Jeep Wrangler covered in an American Flag stripe kit to travel across the nation with the rights to each mile driven up for auction.
“One hundred percent of the money on this deal goes directly to the fallen heroes of the war on terror in the last 10 years, including the auction of the jeeps at the end of the event,” Co-owner Rob Mahalak Jr. said. “Everyone displays a level of patriotism during the Memorial Holiday Weekend…We at the Monroe Superstore try to show our love for America year round.”
The tour will begin May 27 aboard the deck of the USS Midway in San Diego and conclude on Sept. 8 on the USS Intrepid in New York Harbor to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11. The Wrangler will drive more than 12,700 miles through 43 states and the District of Columbia.
“With the whole [Osama] bin Laden thing I think patriotism has taken a spike and I think the timing of this thing will be fantastic,” Mahalak Jr. said. “These guys deserve it. They are the guys that keep us safe.”
Celebrities have also started to get involved as actor Harrison Ford and astronaut Alan Bean have each signed up for a mile of the journey.
“We have commitments from high-profile Americans who have agreed to drive the Spirit of Liberty Jeep across America,” Senior Vice President of Development for the Spirit of Liberty Foundation Christian Rovsek said. “Part of the value of the vehicles is they will be the most celebrity-driven vehicles ever.”
A replica of the Jeep is for sale at the Superstore and will be participating in the Toledo Veterans Parade on May 28 and the Monroe County Veterans Parade on May 30.