For the third year, Harris and his team, including John Cecere, the new general manager of Crown Collision, donated a “new” vehicle to a deserving Martin County veteran, a refurbished silver 1999 Crown Victoria. The car was awarded on November 1, following the WWII battle re-enactment presented by the Road to Victory Military Museum. This year’s winner was 25 year-old Charles Moon who served five years in the Army including 15 months in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan where he saw combat action and was injured by an IED. Fortunately, he was able to complete his tour of duty and was honorably discharged. Charles has been coming to the Stuart Air Show for years and this past week was working security at the air show. He attended Martin County schools and was a member of AJROTC for four years. After high school he enlisted in the US Army and did basic training and advanced training in the field of Military Police at Camp Leonard Wood.
After Army duty, he returned to his hometown of Stuart. Charles has successfully completed EMT school and Police Academy at Indian River State College (IRSC, Stuart and Ft. Pierce, FL) and is now full time student at IRSC pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. He is the son of Kathy and Michael Moon of Stuart.
The Wheels to Warrior Program has become a tradition at the air show and is presented in association with the Road to Victory Military Museum in Memorial Park in Stuart. Todd Harris serves on the board of directors of the organization.
A selection committee reviewed eligible veterans who live in Martin County to make their selection.
Todd stated, “It’s our way of giving a real helping hand to a veteran right here. Transportation is essential to getting a job and getting your life on track and we are proud to be able to do this again this year,” Todd stated. Mike Fiorenza, also of Crown Car Care, donated the 1999 Crown Victoria. Other sponsors included Car Pro Auto Spa, Romar Auto Headliners, Tami Karol Insurance, Keystone Automotive, NAPA Auto Supply of Stuart, Robert & Connie Harris, St. Lucie Battery and Tire and Diana Werdebaugh.
Crown Car Care also hosted the 8th Air Force Historical Society of Florida whose members served in WWII and have been coming from across Florida for a reunion at the Stuart Air Show for the past several years. Crown Car Care provides hospitality for the members and their spouses and provides them with front row seats to watch the amazing air show. Todd also interviews the men for the audience gathered to hear their amazing stories of bravery and daring for the audience gathered in the tent.
Military jets dominated this year’s show thanks to the Air Force F-22 Raptor and the Marine Corps AV-88 Harrier. The display of seven fire engine red classic cars courtesy of Earl Dempsey, a customer of Crown Car Care and owner of Stuart Plumbing, was another crowd pleaser.
Other cars on exhibit included a 1967 Corvette, 1963 Impala, 1957 Chevy Belair, 2005 Ford F350, 1940 Ford panel truck, 1956 Pontiac and a 1939 Oldsmobile.
Crown Collision and Crown Car Care are involved in many charitable events and activities including Rockin’ on the Riverwalk in downtown Stuart, United for Families, the Road to Victory Military Museum and the Stuart Air Show. For more information visit their website at www.crowncarcare.net.