PA Veterans’ Group Nets $200K Contribution from Trump Foundation
In January, Trump skipped a FOXNews debate in Iowa and instead held a fundraiser for veterans, which he claimed at the time had brought in over $6 million for various charities.
At a press conference Tuesday morning, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee named the charities who will split $5.6 million in donations – including one from the Keystone State.
Two months ago, Racing for Heroes – located in Beech Creek – received a check for $100,000 from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, fulfilling Trump’s original commitments to the group.
Several weeks ago, a second $100K check came from Trump’s organization, RFH Founder and President Mike Evock said.
Racing for Heroes stages motorsports events to help soldiers manage the effects of traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, Evock said, while filling the void of adrenaline and giving them “another mission in life.”
With the donation, the group can expand its efforts to turn soldiers away from suicide and depression through auto racing, an “alternative therapy” that began in Evock’s own garage.
After retiring from active service and picking up motorsports again, Evock said he realized the power of veterans supporting each other through difficult times when he asked a friend who had been severely injured in Iraq to give him a hand.
“I noticed when I brought him to the garage, it brought a smile to his face,” Evock said, adding that it wasn’t long before he had 10 veterans helping in his garage.
Evock, a retired Special Forces chief warrant officer, said the large donation will allow RFH to continue running for at least a year, while some of the money has already been spent on the group’s annual Baja therapy race, held in April this year.
RFH will also use the donation to host a fundraising event of their own in September at the Nascar Hall of Fame in Charlotte, Evock said.