A: When we first started out on our “50 States: Veterans + Artists United” working tour, Todd Wenzel Chevrolet near our homebase in Grand Rapids, Mich., donated a $5,000 down payment for a two-year lease on a 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500HD. It was a great truck with more than enough power to safely and comfortably get us from one state project to the next.
However, that lease has since concluded since we’ve been back in Michigan trying to Raise The Funds needed to complete our nationwide mission. We didn’t have the ability to extend the lease or move into a new one, so now we’re without a tow vehicle required to get us to the next community to share the next Veteran’s story.
We tried to get Chevrolet corporate to sponsor a second lease to help us finish the tour, the response from the Director of Marketing was, “While Chevrolet respects and admires your efforts, we are already committed to supporting our other charitable efforts and are not able to financially support as a sponsor.”
We then asked if a temporary in-kind donation of a loaner vehicle was possible in which they responded, “Unfortunately for liability reasons we cannot.”
We’re not giving up on Chevy because this should be an easy, turn-key, no-brainer for them. Until then, THANK YOU again to Todd Wenzel Chevrolet for doing everything you could to help us.