Vettes to Vets
September 30, 2007
A Thank You letter to participants from the
organizers of the 2007 Vettes to Vets:
year’s “Vettes to Vets” day far surpassed all our expectations. The
Corvette Community has to be the most generous and most patriotic group ever. We
had hoped to attract 150 Corvettes. In the end, we exceeded 200. We
registered 194 and saw several cars missing window cards indicating they may not
have registered. When everything is tabulated, we will have collected
close to $6000 in cash and $10,000 to $15,000 in much appreciated personal-care
items. We filled pick-up trucks about six times. Just as importantly,
the patients could not believe all these Corvettes came in support of them.
The comments some of us heard from patients brought tears to our eyes.
We were fortunate to have an honor guard representing the 101st FA Btry. B just
back from Iraq and had a Gold Star Mother, who recently lost her son in combat,
lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. We owe a special thanks to the Paul
Revere Chapter of the Air Force Reserve for serving lunch to 1000 people and to
the band Shotz for their awesome, gratis performance.
The winner of the “Veterans Choice Trophy” was Dan Murphy from North Andover
with his 1954 roadster. Dan purchased the car new in 1954 upon returning home
from his tour of duty in Korea – how fitting...
Thanks to the several corporate sponsors who, beyond helping the hospital, made
it possible for 100% of the proceeds raised go directly to the patient fund at
the hospital. In addition, a special thanks extended to the extremely
generous clubs who not only supported the event with member attendance but made
a monetary contribution on behalf of their club.
The Corvette Community consists of club members and independents. Each and
every one went way beyond generous. It was evident you gave from the
bottom of your heart. Please be assured the committee, the patients, the
hospital staff and the veterans are all very, very appreciative of your support.
Until September 28th, 2008 – Thank you and God Bless our Troops
Ron Morneau, Karen Blandini & Jim Smith
Southbound & down...
Gathering point at the Wyndham Hotel in
Police escorted convoy begins.
Arrival at the VA hospital in Bedford.
A fantastic turnout of about 200 Corvettes!
Winner of the “Veterans
Choice Trophy” was Dan Murphy and his 54
he bought new upon his return from Korea.
He was at the first Corvette show
Sandy & I ever entered (Dover NH) with
our '63, in 1977!
Food was provided free.
Participants brought donations of personal
for the vets, enough to fill 6 pickups!
A Color Guard, a fly-over and a great band were
This speaks volumes...
Co-organizer Karen Blandini pays credit
to all those
who made this event possible.