MobilityWorks Partners with NAAV and BraunAbility to Honor Veteran with New Accessible Van
2015 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT equipped with a BraunAbility XT conversion.
April, 2016 — The National Association of American Veterans (NAAV) joined in partnership with MobilityWorks and BraunAbility at a special ceremony to honor a disabled US military Veteran with a 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT equipped with a BraunAbility XT conversion. The MobilityWorks Foundation was the major sponsor of this donation.
Charlie Johnson is shown with his wife and caregiver, Lola Johnson and other dignitaries.
This exciting event began at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, when members of MobilityWorks arrived at the Johnson residence in Maryland for a ride destined to surprise.
The two organizations, BraunAbility of Winamac, Indiana, and MobilityWorks, worked in conjunction with NAAV as a momentous opportunity to present the Johnsons with a much-needed mobility assisted minivan.
NAAV reached out to representatives from the news media and several local papers, including the VA Public Affairs department, Washington Times, Washington Post, Network Journal, Blacknews.com, the Afro American Newspaper (Baltimore), as well as the Fairfax Times and Inside NOVA (Northern Virginia), and WHUR’s Gospel Spirit. Other distinguished attendees included Keisha D. Turner, Outreach Program Coordinator, SFAC Soldier and Family Assistance Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.
Read more about this story at NAAVETS.org
Patriot Takes the Stage Again at Indianapolis Mecum Auction
A new aero cover designed by BAT Industry was recently added to The Patriot following last year's auction.
The MobilityWorks Foundation once again auctioned “The Patriot”, a one-of-a-kind 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor created by the kings of automotive customization, West Coast Customs. Thanks to an anonymous donor at the Mecum Auction held in September in Dallas, TX, The Patriot was donated back to the foundation. The custom vehicle was sold on Saturday, May 16th with a winning bid of $75,000. Proceeds from the sale going to benefit disabled veterans.
READ THE FULL MECUM AUCTION PRESS RELEASE HERE.
OUR PATRIOT SPONSORS
In addition to West Cost Customs, several other sponsors also made this custom build possible, including: MobilityWorks; BraunAbility; Magnaflow; Bully Dog; LM Tire & Wheel; Indianapolis Dent Company; and BDS Suspension. Since the first auction in September, an additional enhancement was made by BAT Industry. A custom aero cover was fabricated by BAT and then painted by Ryan Ryno Templeton to match the original theme of the vehicle.
For more information on West Coast Customs, visit: www.westcoastcustoms.com.
For more information on BAT, go to www.batindustry.com.
Alex Anderson of West Coast Customs with the Foundation’s Ford Raptor.
March 2015 Akron Ohio Fundraiser
Once again, The MobilityWorks Foundation would like to thank organizer Mike Sweeney for all of his hard work in putting together our annual Tangier Fundraiser in Akron Ohio, featuring Put-In-Bay Entertainers Mike Mad Dog Adams, The Reese Dailey Band, Blues Guitarist Mike Lenz, and the Flyin Jays.
The event was held on Saturday, March 14th to a sell-out crowd.
This years Tangier proceeds are going to Northeast Ohio nonprofits serving the disabled community. Details will be coming soon on the organizations receiving those funds.
New Ford Transit Van is Presented to Hattie Larlham
December, 2014 — The MobilityWorks Foundation presented a brand new Ford Transit accessible van to Hattie Larlham, a group home for developmentally disabled children and adults. Pete Kepich of Kepich Ford subsidized the van with a generous donation.
Left to right: Mike “Mad Dog” Adams, Mike Sweeney, Dennis Allen, Pete Kepich, Bill Koeblitz, and Billy Soule, Assistant to the Mayor for Community Relations (Akron, OH).
Established in 1961, Hattie Larlham is a non-profit organization that provides services to 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Hattie Larlham inspires people with disabilities and their families to dream and achieve through the medical, residential, work training and recreational services the organization offers. For more information, visit www.hattielarlham.org. Dennis Allen, pictured above, is the Chief Executive Officer of Hattie Larlham.