I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended our Wheelers For The Wounded event last month. It was a great success for all involved. That event was in support of The Crossing of America, honoring our nations wounded and fallen soldiers on a 12,700 mile journey across our great country starting on the deck of the USS Midway in San Diego and ending in New York on the deck of the USS Intrepid on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Now The Crossing of America is coming to Northwest Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram as the only stop in Houston. I humbly invite you to join us as we pay tribute to our wounded and fallen soldiers on Sunday, July 10th from 9 AM to 2 PM. We are putting together what we hope will be a tremendous event for a worthy cause.
|4 Jeeps will be driven to our dealership, each with a celebrity driver and 4 passengers. The passengers will be Fathers, Mothers, and Wives of fallen soldiers, and Wounded Warriors. |
If you know someone you feel should be honored at this event as a passenger, please contact me directly at
281-468-2242 or by email at email@example.com
We will be filling these 16 passenger positions on a first-come, first-serve basis.
|Tommy Kramer |
Minnesota Vikings Quarterback.
Tommy Kramer became the starting quarterback for the Vikings before the 1979 NFL season after Fran Tarkenton retired. He was drafted by the Vikings to be the heir apparent to Tarkenton. He earned the nickname "Two Minute Tommy" for many late game come-from-behind victories. He was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 1986 season, in which he was the highest rated quarterback in the NFL. Kramer was the first NFL quarterback to throw for over 450 yards in a game twice, and he once threw six touchdowns in a single game versus the Green Bay Packers
|Gregg Bingham |
Houston Oilers Middle Linebacker.
Gregg played college football at Purdue, he graduated in 4 years with a degree in industrial economics and has since continued his economic education with a Masters and PHD from UHK. He went on to play for the Houston Oilers of the NFL for 12 seasons as the starting middle linebacker beginning with the very first pre-season game of his rookie year and continued to do so until his retirement earning him the nick name " ironman ". A sure handed tackler, it was commonly known throughout the league if he touched you, you were tackled, period.
|Dan Pastorini |
Quarterback, Houston Oilers
Pastorini was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the first round (third overall) of the 1971 NFL Draft out of Santa Clara University. The draft was dubbed "The Year of the Quarterback" with Pastorini taken third behind Jim Plunkett (first) and Archie Manning (second).
Pastorini was known as a tough quarterback throughout his career. From 1971 through 1979, Pastorini missed only five regular season games, playing through the pain of broken ribs and even a punctured lung at times. Pastorini's last game as a Houston Oiler was the 1979 AFC championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a game which many Oilers fans contended was decided when, in their opinion, the officials blew a call on a Mike Renfro TD reception. The best replay angles NBC could provide of the play show Renfro clearly catching the ball and getting both feet in the endzone with no juggling. The play was a major turning point in the momentum of the game, which resulted in a Steeler triumph.
Most folks are familiar with Dan Pastorini's accomplishments on the football field or in race cars but what most don't know about is Dan's family background in the restaurant business. Long after his football and racing careers, Dan partnered with Lee Donabedian whose family owned and operated Rube's Steakhouse in Simi Valley. They became great friends over the years and along with mutual friend Manny Asadurian, the three formed 'Christmas for Children,' a non-profit fundraiser hosted each year at Rube's. Racing associates displayed race cars while local car clubs boasted their hotrods in Rube's parking lot. The only admission fee was an unwrapped toy for needy kids in the area.
|Kenny Houston |
Defensive Back, Houston Oilers.
Kenny Houston, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was a defensive back for the Houston Oilers from 1967-72 before playing for the Washington Redskins from 1973-80. He was selected All-Pro three times and, in 1994, was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team at the safety position. After his retirement in 1980, Houston served as a head football coach for Wheatley High School and Westbury High School in Houston. From 1982-85, he was the defensive backfield coach for the Oilers, and from 1986-90, he was the defensive backfield coach for the University of Houston. Since 1990, Houston has served as a guidance counselor for children in hospitals and who are home bound or have been placed in child care agencies by the State of Texas. He does this work for the Houston Independent School District.
|Kevin Black |
Kevin Black was born in the western suburbs of Houston. He has a great love for people and is gregarious almost to a fault. He is quick to smile and has very few frown lines. His outgoing personality and warm smile draw people to Kevin, and his music grabs them and keeps them close. Music has been Kevin's dominant love since the first time he discovered the beauty of a strummed guitar joined together with vocal harmonies. His lyric versatility allows him to avoid labels or musical typecasting. When one listens to Kevin Black, it seems that he somehow knows the song that is in your heart? and sings it back to you.
Guard and Tackle Houston Oilers
University of Southern California-
Played offensive tackle for the Trojans from 1973-1978. Helped Trojans win two
National Championships during this span. Was selected 2nd team all Pac-10 Senior
season. Played in three Rose Bowls, one Liberty Bowl and one Bluebonnet Bowl.
Graduated in 1978 from USC with Bachelor of Science degree in Business
Drafted by Oilers in 1978. Played guard and tackle for the Oilers until 1986.
Played in two AFC Championship games against the Pittsburg Steelers in 1978 & 1979.
Had the chance to block for three Heisman Trophy Winners
( Earl Campbell, Charles White, Mike Rozier) and two Heisman runner's up
( Ricky Bell, Anthony Davis) during college and pro career. Blocked for
Hall-of-Famer Earl Campbell for the Houston Oilers.
| Wheelers for The Wounded Kick-Off Friday May 6th, Starting at 7 AM
|Wheelers for the Wounded is an organization with the primary mission of providing a weekend of off-roading, camping, and in some cases fishing, to our country's wounded military members all over the United States. This is the third year they have put together this event and it just keeps getting better. |
| 5/4 Schedule For Event Now Posted (subject to change)|
8am: Color Guard presents colors and arms during playing of Star Spangled Banner
8:05am: Rev. Mike Isham, Moment of silence and Invocation
8:10am: Jim Hatfield, Introductions
8:15am: Congressman Nick Lampson
8:20am: Dan Engerran, Board member-Wheelers for the Wounded
8:25am: Monya Magilton, VP-Spirit of Liberty Foundation
8:28am: Cheryl Whitfield, Director-National Memorial Ladies Foundation
8:31am: Gale Muskiet, Executive Director-MOMS USA
8:34am: Teresa Macorke, Interim Chairman of the Board-TX 4 Wheel Drive Organization
8:37am: Todd Bacon, Assistant organizer-Houston Jeep People
8:40am: John Boerstler, President of Lone Star Veterans Association
8:43am: Buddy Cabaniss, 4 Wheel Parts
8:46am: Major John Harrell, Commander West Company, Houston Recruiting Battalion-US Army
8:49am: Navy Representative (not yet confirmed)
8:52am: Lt. Col. William (Bill) Malpass, AF JROTC teacher
8:55am: Jim Hatfield, closing statement and unveiling of (2) posters
8:57am: Flag lowering ceremony
9am: Meet and Greet, breakfast served
Jim Hatfield, General Manager, NW Dodge dealership
Spirit of Liberty/Crossing of America
Wheelers for the Wounded-SA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jeep dealership backs local military tribute
A tribute to America's Fighting men and women, past and present, will kick off right here at Houston's Northwest Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram dealership on May 6, 2011 from 7am to 9:30am, just in time for Memorial Day.
The dealership will host breakfast, live music and present a Customized Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep Wrangler is covered in a custom vinyl wrap depicting the American Flag. The Jeep has been done to honor an organization called Crossing of America. This year, Jeep is the national sponsor of the Crossing of America, donating two Jeeps that will be driven 12,700 miles each, by America's most patriotic celebrities in the Spirit of Liberty/Crossing of America event this summer.
At 9:30 am, The "Liberty Jeep" and a convoy of other Jeeps will leave the dealership in a procession consisting of veterans, Jeep owners, and offroad enthusiasts. They will join other offroad enthusiast at one of Texas' premier offroad parks, Hidden Falls Adventure Park, located in Marble Falls, Texas for The 3rd Annual Wheelers for the Wounded Event. The event offers a weekend of offroading and activities for wounded soldiers and their families, a much needed relief from rehabilitation.
General Manager of the dealership, Jim Hatfield, is having his own Jeep Wrangler customized in support of the events, Crossing of America and Wheelers for the Wounded.
"What started out as a small event, to send off and support Houston area Jeep owners, has exploded into a huge event that our military men and women deserve, a Wheelers for the Wounded weekend. This send off is just the beginning of a great weekend for them." said Hatfield
Local military and Color Guard will be honored by former congressman Nick Lampson, and other local celebrities, as well as the Vice President of The Spirit of Liberty/Crossing of America event, Monya Magilton, along with Gale Muskiet, president and executive director of Mothers of Military Serving and Paula Alessi and Cheryl Whitfield of National Memorial Ladies. The proceeds from the sale of "Liberty Jeep" after the Crossing of America, will go to these veteran support groups.
|4/27We have added two additional participants for this great event!|
|MoMs USA is a Texas Non-Profit Organization representing a group of mothers and other family members and friends whose common bond is having or had family members serving in the US Military. They volunteer time and effort to assemble and mail care packages throughout the year to all branches of the US Military. They also send Psalm 91 Bandanas that are worn under soldier's helmets during engagements ? (thousands have been sent), birthday cards and letters, "neck coolers", and "neck warmers" You can learn more about MoM USA here at http://www.momsofusa.com/|
The National Memorial Ladies is a volunteer service formed at the Houston National Cemetery. They attend all burials at the cemetery to honor our soldiers who have fought for our freedom.
The Memorial Ladies are there to make sure that no soldier is buried alone, and give a condolence card to the families and affirm that they are there to give honor to their loved one who gave military service to our country.
The Memorial Lady is a part of the ceremony. Along with the Chaplain and Honor Guard, she attends the burial with silent vigil.
You can find out more about this organization on their website http://www.nationalmemorialladies.com/
We are honored that these two fine organizations will participate in our event Friday May 6th. We sincerely hope to see you there.
| This year, Northwest Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram is honored to host a kick-off event at our store. You are all invited to join in the festivities. Among the highlights, there will be:|
|| This Wheelers For The Wounded event is one of many honoring our wounded soldiers nationwide.|
The Crossing of America is a national campaign to create tribute, create awareness, and raise funds for Wounded Warriors and their families. This year, Jeep is the national sponsor. They have donated 2 Jeeps that will be driven 12,700 miles each by 1,000 of America's most patriotic and famous celebrities. These Jeeps will then be auctioned off at Sotheby's in New York next fall. Go to their website for more details and watch Harrison Ford's tribute on YouTube below!
| Great Video from the 2009 Event|
Community Outreach Event March 19, 2011
Northwest Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram hosted our Community Outreach Event last month.
We had a super turn-out with the participation of Jeep People and TX 4 Wheeler Clubs. Food, Refreshments, and Door Prizes made it fun, and Awards were given out in variouscategories in
the Show and Shine competition. We also had our Level 4 Technicians available for vehicle inspections, and they stayed very busy all day. It was great time and we are looking forward to next year's event.