IRON DOG FUNDRAISER BENEFITS ALASKA VETERANS
Iron Dog partners with Alaska’s Healing Hearts to raise funds for Alaska combat veterans and their families.
Alaskan combat veterans will benefit from the 2012 Iron Dog Raffle made possible by the generous support of Kendall Toyota of Alaska, Alaska Power Sports, USTravel, Alaska’s Healing Hearts and the Iron Dog.
“The generous support of Kendall Toyota, Alaska Power Sports and other sponsors is making it possible for the Iron Dog and Alaska’s Healing Hearts to come together in a unique blend of exciting promotions for the Iron Dog resulting in real charitable fundraising,” said Iron Dog executive director Kevin Kastner. “I’m truly excited to see what becomes of this unique blend of partnerships, sponsors and our new spokesperson Ken Peltier. Ultimately, it will be great to see our efforts supporting Alaskan veterans.”
Teams running the Iron Dog often have their own charitable causes such as skin cancer awareness, Wounded Warrior and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Iron Dog chose to work with Alaska’s Healing Hearts especially due to its local focus and military ties that align with Iron Dog’s presenting sponsor, the Alaska National Guard.
“On behalf of our President and founder, Dan McDowell, and the Board of Directors of Alaska’s Healing Hearts, it is indeed an honor work with the Iron Dog, Kendall Toyota, and the Alaska National Guard. Our mission of serving our Battle Wounded and Battle Weary is truly a team effort. With the generous support from these great organizations our recreational rehabilitation programs will be greatly enhanced. Our Bear, Moose, and Caribou hunts, all season trail rides and fishing, and year around opportunities that our great state has to offer will continue to grow and reach out to more and more Warriors and their loved ones through this combined effort,” said James Hastings, Alaska’s Healing Hearts Director of Alaska Operations. This joining together of these respective groups is proof positive of the fantastic spirit of Alaskans and their commitment to helping our Troops not only survive, but to thrive. “Alaska IS Healing Hearts,” Hastings said.
The 2012 Iron Dog Raffle:
- 50% of the net proceeds will be donated to Alaska’s Healing Hearts, an Alaska based veterans organization benefiting Alaskan combat veterans and their families.
- Only 2,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets will go on sale December 14, 2011 for $60.00 each.
- Drawing to be held at the end of the 2012 Iron Dog race in downtown Fairbanks, February 25, 2012. Winners need not be preset to win.
- Kendall Toyota of Alaska has generously donated a 2012 Toyota Tundra as the Grand Prize.
- Second place is a 2012 Polaris Rush PRO R 600 donated by Alaska Power Sports.
- Third place is a Hawaiian vacation for two provided by USTravel
(4th place) One year supply of NOS Energy Drinks, provided by Odom Corporation; (5th place) two round-trip tickets, provided by Era Aviation; (6th place) a one-of-a-kind Iron Dog product package, provided by Shirts Up Serigraphics.
Mike Morris, General Manager at Kendall Toyota of Anchorage said, “Kendall is proud of its new partnership with the Iron Dog and the great support this event lends to Alaskan Veterans through Alaska’s Healing Hearts. It is an honor to continue to give back to the Alaska communities we serve and through the Iron Dog race and their raffle of a brand new 2012 Toyota Tundra, we look forward to continuing our Kendall Cares initiative throughout the year.”
ABOUT ALASKA’S HEALING HEARTS
Alaska’s Healing Hearts year round nationwide outdoor programs include hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreational programs for our nations brave wounded warriors, these activities are termed “social reintegration” by therapists. They are not just the clinical rehabilitation programs which injured military personnel usually participate in; they also provide disabled Veterans with hope that they can live active and productive lives. Based on our own experiences these programs help bolster confidence and self-esteem, while serving as a venue for them to assimilate with the public. Alaska’s Healing Hearts is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization.