The vehicles were presented by Caliber Collision, a sponsor of the 14th Annual American Airlines Sky Ball in support of the Airpower Foundation, founded by the nation’s oldest military support organization, The Fort Worth Airpower Council. Sky Ball is the largest and most impactful military support event in the nation.
Vehicles for the surprise presentation were restored by technicians at several Caliber Collision North Texas locations as part of its Recycled Rides™ program which provides reliable transportation for individuals in need.The three recipients, selected by the Airpower Foundation, include a North Texas law enforcement officer and Army veteran, U.S. Navy sailor and U.S. Army specialist.
“Caliber Collision has a long– standing tradition of hiring and supporting active military personnel and military veterans across the U.S. through a variety of philanthropic initiatives,” said Steve Grimshaw, Caliber Collision Chief Executive officer. “We are proud to partner with the Airpower Foundation and American Airlines to honor and celebrate first responders and all branches of our military, and in particular, our three Dallas heroes. We hope these gifts of transportation will help restore them to the rhythm of their lives.”
The Salute to Heroes concert and Recycled Rides vehicle presentation were broadcast live by Microsoft to all U.S. Military bases across the country.
The three- day Sky Ball event, featured live music from top performers such as Tim McGraw, Terry Fator, and more.
“We appreciate and welcome Caliber Collision whose Recycled Rides program and commitment to military families is in perfect alignment with our mission to provide contingency funding and support to members and families of all branches of our military, veterans and wounded, ill, or injured service members,” said Jim Palmersheim, Senior Manager – Veterans Initiative for American Airlines.
By the end of 2016, Caliber Collision will have donated more than 130 vehicles, valued at approximately $1.3 million, through its Recycled Rides™ program, to families in need of reliable transportation.