John Deere Tractor Drives Cross-Country for Wounded Warrior Project

Ivan Stoltzfus is fulfilling a life-long dream of driving a John Deere tractor cross-country.

John Deere Tractor Drives Cross-Country for Wounded Warrior Project
John Deere Tractor Drives Cross-Country for Wounded Warrior Project

And he is doing it for a good cause—to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a service organization that helps wounded veterans.

Stoltzfus is a retired auctioneer, real estate broker, and farmer from Pennsylvania who divides his time between Honey Brook, Pennsylvania and Sarasota, Florida. He grew up farming with John Deere tractors and loved the sound of the two-cylinder engine.

As a child, he watched his father do a long journey while finding farm work and it sparked something in him.

“My father went from farm to farm in a two cylinder tractor and drove across the United States working,” Stoltzfus told Public Opinion.

“He would go all day and all night for about a year. I was intrigued at the idea and wanted to do it myself.”

About 10 years ago, his father passed away but Stoltzfus remembered something his father said to him.

“If you have a dream, do it,” he said.

A 1948 John Deere Model A serves as the great machine for the epic journey. With the help of a tractor club, Waterloo Boys of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the tractor was restored and retrofitted with a 1984 Peterbilt model 359 cab. Dubbed Johnabilt, it certainly has a unique look.

John Deere Tractor Drives Cross-Country for Wounded Warrior Project
John Deere Tractor Drives Cross-Country for Wounded Warrior Project

A 24-foot Trail-Lite travel trailer donated by his cousin Earl Stoltzfus of Stoltzfus RVs and Marine in West Chester, Pennsylvania, is towed behind and serves as home and business headquarters.

The journey from Manasquan, New Jersey to Crescent City, California began on April 26 and he estimates will be completed in 3 1/2 months.

“Veterans have come up to me and told me not to give up,” he said. “It keeps me going. I’m focused on the cause.”

Stoltzfus has set an ambitious $1 million goal for the project. At the time of posting, $47,933 had been pledged.

He is also being joined by Dave Stoltzfus, no relation, a friend who will be traveling part of the way with him on his road bike.

On the Road Again…

And if you listen real close you may hear Johnabilt singing Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again… (with Johnny’s thoughts in parenthesis)

On the road again, just can’t wait to get on the road again (was tired of laying in the tractor hospital, that’s for sure)

The life I love is making music with my friends (putt-putting music that is)

And I can’t wait to get on the road again (boy, does it feel good to stretch my legs today after that hip replacement)

John Deere Tractor Drives Cross-Country for Wounded Warrior Project
John Deere Tractor Drives Cross-Country for Wounded Warrior Project

On the road again (yup, on the road just a struttin’ away)

Goin’ places that I’ve never been (yeah, I have never been in the city before)

Seein’ things that I may never see again (who knew buildings could be put so close; my barn is the only building on my 70 acres)

And I can’t wait to get on the road again (flying along these roads at 17 mph beats going 5 mph and pulling a plow)

On the road again, like a band of gypsies we go down the highway (gypsies- yeah, I would call C. Ivan, Rooster and Smiley gypsies alright)

We’re the best of friends (but I wouldn’t trade my gypsy entourage for anyone else)

Insisting that the world keep turning our way and our way (well, I’m just gonna keep turning my tires one mile at a time across America)

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Across America for Wounded Heroes

Follow Ivan Stoltzfus and Johnabilt journey across the country and donate to the project.

Website: www.helpamericanheroes.com

Wounded Warrior Project, Inc

John Deere Tractor Drives Cross-Country for Wounded Warrior Project
John Deere Tractor Drives Cross-Country for Wounded Warrior Project

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. The purpose of WWP is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

Address: 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256

Phone: (877) TEAM-WWP (832-6997)

Website: www.woundedwarriorproject.org

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Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

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Navistar LPGA Classic Goes Ahead as Scheduled

Navistar LPGA Classic will go ahead as scheduled—from September 20-23 in Prattville, Alabama—despite a shakeup in the Navistar management.

The news of shakeup in the Navistar’s upper management triggered concerns of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) officials and players as they wondered what impact the management shakeup would have on one of the most prestigious LPGA tournaments, bettor.com reported.

Now that the company has undergone the change in senior management, the LPGA officials are keen to announce that the Navistar LPGA Classic will not be hurt, and it will be held according to its schedule.

Although players are happy to see the tournament’s schedule intact, the Navistar officials said that they will definitely be coming up with new plans regarding the sponsorship of the LPGA event for the future.

Navistar, which has been operating for years and boasts a massive presence in the market, was troubled by its engine strategy that put a drag on the company’s profitability.

Under pressure due to failure of the engine strategy, the CEO Daniel Ustian announced his immediate retirement.

Despite being hit by operational issues, the Navistar management responded quickly to the growing concerns of LPGA stars and officials, saying the tournament will remain intact.

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill, site of Navistar LPGA Classic

However, the company’s officials did not tell what they plan to do about the future events of the tournament.

Steve Schrier, a spokesman for the Navistar, said the company’s officials are glad that they are going to stage another edition of the tournament and hope for the best.

“Dan Ustian’s retirement from Navistar will have no impact on our plans for this year’s Navistar LPGA Classic and we look forward to another great event in September,” Schrier said.

“We are currently re-evaluating all of our sponsorship initiatives, including our investment in the LPGA. We have developed a long-standing partnership with the LPGA and the team at (the) Robert Trent Jones (golf course) and we will provide clarity on future commitments later this year.”

The spokesman pointed out that the company wants to stick to Prattville in future as well, as most of the LPGA stars like the course.

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Navistar
Navistar International Corporation is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce brand diesel engines, IC Bus brand school and commercial buses, Monaco RV brands of recreational vehicles, and Workhorse brand chassis for motorhomes and step vans. The company also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services.

Website: navistar.com

Navistar LPGA Classic

Lexi Thompson returns to defend her 2011 title

The Navistar LPGA Classic is partnering with the Wounded Warrior Project to honor all those serving in the military. WWP’s mission is to “honor and empower wounded warriors” of the United States Armed Forces.

Website: navistarlpgaclassic.com

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a collection of championship caliber golf courses, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., distributed across the state of Alabama, as part of investments by the Retirement Systems of Alabama. The Trail started with 378 holes at eight sites throughout the state, and has grown to 468 holes at eleven sites.

The concept was created and executed by Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama.

Two of the courses currently host events on the LPGA Tour: The Senator course at Capitol Hill, which hosts the Navistar LPGA Classic, and The Crossings course at Magnolia Grove, home to the Avnet LPGA Classic.

Website: rtjgolf.com

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Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

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Jayco Supports Tour of Duty Bicycle Journey

Middlebury, Indiana-based Jayco Inc., America’s largest privately owned RV manufacturer, has donated two motorhomes to the Tour of Duty, a group of 24 Australian and American military, firefighters, and police who recently set off on a bicycle journey across the United States.

The group started from the USS Midway in San Diego on August 12 and will finish in New York on September 10. Their 2,600-mile ride will stop in various cities across the U.S. to honor and show appreciation for both nations’ first responders, according to a news release. Jayco’s motorhomes, a Seneca 36FK and a Greyhawk 31SS, are being used as support vehicles for the Tour of Duty.

“We are proud to get behind such a great cause.” said Derald Bontrager, president of Jayco. “Those that serve our country continuously carry out selfless acts of courage and deserve the respect and admiration that this ride represents.”

In 2010, Australian and American firefighters and police united for a relay run across the United States from Los Angeles to New York, where Jayco also donated the use of two motorhomes as support vehicles. As a cycling event for the first time, the group started in San Diego at the USS Midway and will finish at the USS Intrepid in New York. The 2,600-mile ride is comprised of 20 stages across the United States.

After great response in 2010, the Tour of Duty became an event of magnitude and pride as both participants and spectators reflect on the role and courage of the firefighters, military, police, and emergency service personnel who continue to serve and protect both nations along with those whose lives were lost in the devastating terrorism attacks of September 11, 2001. Funds raised along the way will support the Wounded Warrior Project and the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children’s Fund.

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Tour of Duty

The 20 stage cycle consists of 24 participants made up of American and Australian Military, Police, and Fire; the journey began in San Diego and finishes in New York.

The Tour of Duty aims to demonstrate the respect and admiration we hold for the military who are currently on active duty, and to the police, fire fighters, and emergency service workers who serve our countries with diligence, care, and selflessness.

The Tour of Duty team is the coming together of Australian and American military, police, and fire fighting personnel. They are uniting to commemorate and reflect upon the service of the people who protect our nations.

It provides the opportunity to celebrate the history shared by our people, the supreme values of humanity, mateship, camaraderie, and self sacrifice. The 20 stage cycle consists of 24 participants made up of American and Australian Military, Police, and Fire; the journey began in San Diego and finishes in New York. The ride across America 2012 aims to acknowledge and celebrate:

  • The service and sacrifice of our military in the fight for peace
  • The alliance of our two Nations
  • Service people, people who serve globally and locally with courage, care and a sense of duty, for their willingness to serve and protect, so others may live in peace and freedom

“We Run, We Ride, Our World Our People”  

Website: tourofdutyride.com

Wounded Warrior Project

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. The purpose of WWP is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, non-partisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

Address: 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256

Phone: (904) 296-7350 or (877) TEAM-WWP (832-6997)

Website: woundedwarriorproject.org

Jayco, Inc.

Jayco is the world’s largest privately held manufacturer of recreation vehicles. The company manufactures and markets RVs under the Jay Series, Select, Baja, Jay Feather, White Hawk, Jay Flight, Skylark, Eagle, Pinnacle, Seismic, Octane ZX, Recon ZX, Greyhawk, Melbourne, Seneca, and Embark brand names.

Address: 903 S. Main, Middlebury, Indiana 46540

Phone: (800) RV-JAYCO

Website: jayco.com

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Get’away Gals Get’away in Vintage Trailers

The Get’away Gals, an informal group of women from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, gather for different camping trips once a month and visit cities all over the region.

Get'away Gals: Linda Brede's camper is named "Norma Faye" after her mother, who she said had an adventurous spirit. (Photo credit: Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News)
Get'away Gals: Linda Brede's camper is named "Norma Faye" after her mother, who she said had an adventurous spirit. (Photo credit: Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News)

“Canned hams” in tow, the Gals recently came for a weekend of fun, frolicking, and a little fundraising on a remote stretch of the Guadalupe River in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, reports the Houston Chronicle.

The Gals haul their tricked-out vintage trailers to the campsites.

The tiny homes on wheels, which get their nickname from their rounded shape that resembles the tinned meat sold in supermarkets, were manufactured during America’s post-war era when the Interstate Highway System was a novelty and TV commercials exhorted viewers to “See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet”—perhaps with a canned ham in tow.

The Get’away Gals recently celebrated their first anniversary at the Lazy L&L campground on a remote stretch of the Guadalupe. The vibe among the 85 or so participants was neatly summed up by the group’s informal motto: “Live, laugh and love to get’away.”

“We have a little over 400 members, and they’re all women: no kids or men allowed,” said Pam Sinclair of Cibolo.

“Most of us are married, and part of the fun is getting away from the husband, the house, the kids, and the pets for a few days.”

There’s no initiation fee and no annual dues.

“All you have to do is attend two campouts to see if you like it, and you’re in,” said Sinclair, who co-hosted the outing with Anne Corzine.

Get'away Gals: Pam Sinclair shows off a skirt at her 1961 Nomad camper, " Lil' Bevo." (Photo credit: Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News)
Get'away Gals: Pam Sinclair shows off a skirt at her 1961 Nomad camper, " Lil' Bevo." (Photo credit: Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News)

It’s one of many camping groups for women; perhaps the largest is Sisters on the Fly, with more than 2,400 members internationally. Others include Camping Women and RVing Women.

Not everyone arrived in New Braunfels with a canned ham in tow; many traveled in motorized RVs. But there were enough of the vintage trailers that a public tour –a sort of Parade of Two-Wheeled Homes—raised $600 for the Wounded Warrior Project at Fisher House, according to the Houston Chronicle report.

Linda Brede’s 1958 Winnebago is called Norma Faye after her mother, who had “an adventurous spirit.” The Western-theme trailer recalls Brede’s days as a trail rider, sporting larger-than-life images of a Dale Evans-style cowgirl adapted from antique postcards. She decorates the outside seating area with cowboy collectibles such as a lunchbox, a child’s place setting, even a tablecloth.

Brede, who lives in Corsicana (Texas), saddled up with the Get’away Gals because she missed the sitting-around-the-campfire camaraderie of trail riding. Besides, “It’s cheaper than therapy,” she said with a laugh.

With her 1967 Shasta named Moon Beam, Linda Richards re-created the psychedelic ’60s with multicolored flowers and far-out peace signs throughout. Inside the rolling Magical Mystery Tour are plenty of homey photos, paisley-print pillows, and a star-studded ceiling. Groovy!

“I found Moon Beam on Craigslist for $1,800,” said Richards, who lives in Temple (Texas).

“She was sitting on a deer lease, and there was a lot of water damage. I had to take off the skin to replace most of the frame. I just finished it. This is our first outing together.”

Sinclair’s trailer, a burnt-orange-tinged 1961 Nomad called Lil’ Bevo, reflects her obsession with her alma mater, the University of Texas. Dozens of longhorn images decorate the trailer inside and out, including an actual longhorn skull on the front (with eyes that light up) and tail lights made from longhorn-shaped cake molds, the Houston Chronicle reports.

And though Sherry Phelps’ 1962 Terry—more than 22 feet long—was a monster compared to its more compact brethren, the care and detail with which it has been restored let it fit right in. Indeed, the streamlined exterior, bullet wall sconces and gray-and-pink interior would have Don Draper feeling right at home.

Get'away Gals: Sisters Patsy L. Jones, left, and Nan Stover share a camper named "Miss Liberty Boop.” (Photo credit: Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News)
Get'away Gals: Sisters Patsy L. Jones, left, and Nan Stover share a camper named "Miss Liberty Boop.” (Photo credit: Tom Reel/San Antonio Express-News)

“I probably paid too much for it, but when I did, I’d tell people I was buying my next car,” said Phelps, who is from Bartonville (Texas).

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Get’away Gals

The Get’away Gals Camping Club was founded by Dixie Taylor in January 2011.

The club was organized for fun-loving women who enjoy taking a break from time to time to escape laundry, cooking, cleaning, kids, husbands, boyfriends, and bosses.

Website: getawaygals.com

Motto: “Live, laugh and love to get’away”

Join the fun

Upcoming Get’away Gals trips include campouts in Longview, during the Great Texas Balloon Race, July 23-29; and Port Aransas, October 11-14.

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Worth Pondering…

When I first open my eyes upon the morning meadows and look out upon the beautiful world, I thank God I am alive.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

We think that sums it up rather nicely…
Enjoy and have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

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RVC Outdoor Destinations Launches Wounded Warrior Fishing Partnership

Memphis, Tennessee-based RVC Outdoor Destinations, the leading provider of high-quality outdoor vacation properties in the United States, announced the launch of its Wounded Warrior Fishing sponsorship, an initiative underscoring the company’s commitment to active and retired military personnel.

RVC Outdoor Destinations has partnered with retired U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. and current U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Mark McDuffie, to offer the program, which is designed to help soldiers injured physically or mentally in Iraq or Afghanistan relax and enjoy the outdoors with their families, according to a news release.

The Wounded Warrior Fishing program, headquartered at the company’s Live Oak Landing property in Freeport, Florida, will host an injured soldier and his or her family one night each week to enjoy the outdoors through activities such as fishing trips, river tours, onsite recreation activities and a cookout—all free of charge.

McDuffie first started the program a year ago, as a nonprofit called Wounded Warrior Fishing. Injured while fighting in Iraq and now fully recovered, McDuffie operates at the Live Oak Landing property and will head up the new partnership sponsored by RVC.

“Having been wounded at war, I can relate to what many of these injured soldiers are going through,” said McDuffie.

“I know that when soldiers suffer, their families do too, and while I can’t take away their pain or completely understand their particular situation, I can offer them time to relax with their families. At the end of the day, if we can put a smile on their faces for a few hours or for a weekend, we’ve done our job.”

Wounded Warrior Fishing and RVC will officially kick-off the program on Memorial Day weekend to coincide with the unofficial start of the summer travel season.

In addition to the weekly sponsored accommodations, Live Oak Landing will host 10 injured soldiers and their families during an end-of-summer celebration the last weekend of September. The group will be able to fish with local professionals, take boat rides on the Choctawhatchee Bay, eat BBQ from local restaurants, enjoy massages, and relax.

Besides the new Wounded Warrior Fishing sponsorship, RVC also offers active and retired military discounts on lodging, and several of its properties offer a free RV site rental for active service men and women through the Tents for Troops program.

RVC locations individually raise money for regionally based military charities through their own events and fundraisers throughout the year.

“RVC believes in taking care of the military men and women who have made a tremendous sacrifice for our country,” said Andy Cates, president of RVC Outdoor Destinations.

“We wanted to find a meaningful way to say ‘thank you,’ and for us that means giving them a chance to have some fun in the great outdoors with their families. The Wounded Warrior Fishing program is part of RVC’s corporate commitment to give back to these brave individuals. At each of our properties, we have different ways of reaching out to the military community, knowing that each region has unique needs. We’re always searching for new ways to show them how truly grateful we are for everything they have done, for all of us.”

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RVC Outdoor Destinations

RVC Outdoor Destinations develops, owns, and operates a portfolio of high-quality outdoor vacation properties located within some of the country’s most beautiful natural settings and offering upscale services and amenities.

Memphis, Tennessee-based RVC is redefining the traditional camping experience with its original Outdoor Destination concept that provides guests with a customizable outdoor vacation through a variety of affordable lodging options, including RV sites, yurts, cabins and cottages, all with enhanced guest amenities and recreational activities.

RVC currently operates Outdoor Destinations and RV Resorts in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina.

Address: 429 N Main Street, Suite 100, Memphis, Tennessee 38103

Phone: (901) 432-4748

Website: rvcoutdoors.com

Wounded Warrior Fishing Program

To nominate someone for the Wounded Warrior Fishing program, please call RVC’s Live Oak Landing at (877) 436-5063.

Wounded Warrior Project

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. The purpose of WWP is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, non-partisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

Address: 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256

Phone: (904) 296-7350 or (877) TEAM.WWP (832.6997)

Website: woundedwarriorproject.org

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2011 Navistar LPGA Classic: A Financial Hole-In-One

The 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic commences Wednesday (September 15) at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill complex in Prattville, Alabama.

The four-day event will generate an economic impact of about $7 million for the River Region, a financial hole-in-one, according to a study conducted by the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce, reports the Montgomery Advertiser.

“We’re looking forward to another great year,” Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr. said. “What people have to realize is we get the benefits throughout the year of hosting the classic. It’s not just the week when the tournament is played.

“The national exposure the area receives with live broadcasts from the Golf Channel gives us the kind of advertising we could never afford. I have seen golfers in Prattville restaurants months after the classic. When I talk with them, the LPGA always comes up. It’s what brought them to Prattville.”

Across the river, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange also sees the tournament as a boost.

“There are going to be several events held in Montgomery,” Strange said. “It’s going to be great for the entire region. Everyone is going to see a positive impact.”

Many of the golfers will be staying in private homes. It’s the behind-the-scenes people who will fill the area’s hotel rooms, said Dawn Hatchcock, vice president of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“You have Navistar bringing in guests and clients. The Golf Channel will have people here, along with officials from the LPGA,” she said. “We expect our downtown hotels and businesses to see great traffic from the tournament. Downtown is in close proximity to Capitol Hill, so the trip to the tournament is a short one.”

Daniel Ustian, president, CEO and chairman of Navistar International Corp, said from a business standpoint, the classic is a success, as the company operates two engine plants in Alabama, reports the Montgomery Advertiser.

“We wanted a signature event for our suppliers, customers and potential customers,” Ustian said. “We couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

“We love coming to Prattville and the River Region. When the week is over and our guests return home, they know exactly what Southern hospitality is all about.”

Prattville has become a “must stop” on the tour, said Jonathan Romeo, tournament director.

“Everyone looks forward to coming to Prattville,” he said. “The community has welcomed the tournament from the beginning. When the ladies come to Prattville, they are treated like rock stars.”

Admission will be free to this year’s event. Tournament play days are Thursday through Sunday. Navistar will be taking donations for the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps military personnel who have been wounded or injured.

“Hopefully, the free admission will result in bigger galleries. People are going to see some great golf,” said Gillespie, who is no slouch on the links himself. “It will be a great way to raise money for a project that helps the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country.”

And the Navistar-sponsored tournament has a deal to stay in Prattville through 2012. The LPGA Classic brings 144 of the top women golfers in the world to the Senator Course at Capitol Hill.

Monaco to Hold LPGA RV Rally

In conjunction with the LPGA Classic, over 130 Monaco RV coach owners will assemble to hold their East Coast Come Home LPGA Rally on September 15-18, according to a press release.

RVs are the choice of transportation for many players as they travel between tournaments. Several LPGA players are actually camping alongside Monaco RV Rally participants.

The Monaco RV East Coast Come Home LPGA Rally will offer many free-of-charge amenities for rally participants including: tickets to all of the LPGA tournaments, four nights dry-camping, two catered breakfasts, three cocktail hours, three catered dinners, entertainment on Friday and Saturday, leisure activities, and games.

One of Monaco RV’s premier dealer partners, Alliance Coach of Wildwood, Florida, will be on site displaying Monaco’s new and innovative “Next Generation of RV’s” for 2012. A customer service team from Monaco RV will also be hand for the four-day event, to provide any needed maintenance and ensure rally participants have a safe and enjoyable time.

Note: Two earlier articles on 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic:

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Navistar LPGA Classic Golfer Donates to Wounded Warrior Project

Jennifer Johnson, one of the LPGA’s leading rookies, has announced that half of her total winnings at this year’s Navistar LPGA Classic on September 15-18, 2011, will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for injured service members and caregivers.

“Our wounded veterans should not have to endure any more suffering than they already have and deserve the best care and treatment available,” said Johnson, who last year was the NCGA Freshman of the Year and an NCAA First Team All-American. “Wounded Warrior Project helps those who have sacrificed so much move back into civilian life. It’s a wonderful organization and I encourage other players and tournament attendees to make a donation.”

Johnson’s donation is following Navistar’s recent announcement that for the first time, the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill complex in Prattville, Alabama will be open to the public free of charge. In a partnership with the LPGA and the Retirement Systems of Alabama, the company is asking event attendees to instead donate to the WWP.

“Our military men and women have given so much to our country,” said Dan Ustian, chairman, president and CEO, Navistar International Corporation. “That is why we support Wounded Warrior Project and have made the Navistar LPGA Classic free of charge this year, in hope attendees will consider taking a portion of the admission fee that would have paid and donate to Wounded Warrior Project. We at Navistar are thankful to Jennifer for her extreme generosity and commitment to Wounded Warrior Project.”

More than 45,000 of our nation’s armed forces have been physically wounded during the recent military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hundreds of thousands more are estimated to be recovering from invisible wounds of war, including post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, and traumatic brain injury. WWP assists wounded warriors and their families through a holistic approach to their recovery.

Jennifer Johnson, one of the LPGA’s leading rookies, announced that half of her total winnings at this year’s Navistar LPGA Classic will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project. (Credit: axisservicing.com)

In addition, the Warriors to Work program of WWP assists warriors with the transition back into the civilian workforce, including many jobs in the trucking and transportation industry. This free program offers a complete package of employment-assistance services, including resume assistance, interviewing skills, job training, networking, and job placement assistance.

Those interested in donating will be able to either at the tournament or by texting “WWP” to 90999 on a mobile phone.

“Jennifer’s dedication to both her profession and the military men and women who serve our country is inspiring to us as an organization,” said Steve Nardizzi, Executive Director of Wounded Warrior Project. “With the support of partners like Navistar and Jennifer, we are able to honor and empower warriors each and every day.”

How-to Donate
To donate, text “WWP” to 90999 on your mobile phone to donate $10 to Wounded Warrior Project. A $10.00 charge will be added to your mobile phone bill (or deducted from your prepaid account).

Note: This is the second of a two-part series on 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic

Part 1: Free Admission to Navistar LPGA Classic

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Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. The purpose of WWP is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, non-partisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Free Admission to Navistar LPGA Classic

Navistar, Inc. recently announced that for the first time the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic, to be held September 15-18, 2011 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill complex in Prattville, Alabama, will be open to the public free of charge.

Navistar, in partnership with the LPGA and the Retirement Systems of Alabama, will instead honor those who serve in the U.S. armed forces by asking event attendees to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for injured service members and caregivers.

In its fifth year, the Navistar LPGA Classic has confirmed more than 100 of the world’s top women golfers, including the top six-ranked players: Yani Tseng, Cristie Kerr, Suzanne Pettersen, Jiyai Shin, Na Yeon Choi, and I.K. Kim.

“Our commitment to our customers and the communities we serve not only motivates us as a company—it drives us,” said Dan Ustian, chairman, president and CEO, Navistar International Corporation. “This tournament is a great opportunity for us to help Wounded Warrior Project and raise awareness about the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. And with admission to the tournament being complimentary, we hope that attendees will consider taking a portion of the admission fee they would have paid and donate to Wounded Warrior Project.”

More than 45,000 of our nation’s armed forces have been physically wounded during the recent military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hundreds of thousands more are estimated to be recovering from invisible wounds of war, including post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, and traumatic brain injury. WWP assists wounded warriors and their families through a holistic approach to their recovery.

Cristie Kerr, a top six-ranked players, returns to the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic. (Credit: golf.com)

In addition, Wounded Warrior Project’s Warriors to Work program assists warriors with the transition back into the civilian workforce, including many jobs in the trucking and transportation industry.

This free program offers a complete package of employment-assistance services, including resume assistance, interviewing skills, job training, networking, and job placement assistance.

“We are thankful to Navistar for their commitment to our mission of honoring and empowering wounded warriors,” said Steve Nardizzi, Executive Director of Wounded Warrior Project. “Their efforts to support Wounded Warrior Project are a reflection of their dedication to assisting our nation’s wounded veterans and their families.”

Note: This is the first of a two-part series on 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic

Part 2: Navistar LPGA Classic Golfer Donates to Wounded Warrior Project

Details

Navistar
Navistar International Corporation is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce brand diesel engines, IC Bus brand school and commercial buses, Monaco RV brands of recreational vehicles, and Workhorse brand chassis for motorhomes and step vans. The company also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services.

Navistar LPGA Classic

The Navistar LPGA Classic is partnering with the Wounded Warrior Project to honor all those serving in the military. WWP’s mission is to “honor and empower wounded warriors” of the United States Armed Forces.

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a collection of championship caliber golf courses, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., distributed across the state of Alabama, as part of investments by the Retirement Systems of Alabama. The Trail started with 378 holes at eight sites throughout the state, and has grown to 468 holes at eleven sites.

The concept was created and executed by Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama.

Two of the courses currently host events on the LPGA Tour: The Senator course at Capitol Hill, which hosts the Navistar LPGA Classic, and The Crossings course at Magnolia Grove, home to the Avnet LPGA Classic.

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