The stars and stripes of the No. 14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet, driven by Santino Ferrucci, is ready to race in the 107th Running of the Indianapolis 500 and raise money for Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit that builds and donates customized homes for severely injured, post-9/11 veterans.
ABC Supply Co., Inc., the sponsor of the Indy car driven by Ferrucci in this year’s “500,” announced it would match all donations made to HFOT — up to $1 million total — throughout the month of May. HFOT’s mission to provide former service members with the opportunity to rebuild their lives and regain their ability to be productive members of society is a long-supported cause for the national distributor.
Donations can be made directly to HFOT by visiting www.hfotusa.org/donate.
As a supporter of AJ Foyt Racing, ABC Supply said in a news release that it is proud to continue sponsorship of the team while simultaneously shining a spotlight on HFOT, an organization that prioritizes spending donor funding toward rebuilding homes versus overhead.
With nearly 90% of donations received going directly toward end-user initiatives, HFOT rarely advertises and relies mainly on word-of-mouth awareness, ABC noted. To date, HFOT has built over 350 specially adapted homes nationwide, with the goal of building a home for every veteran who qualifies.
Last year, ABC Supply donated the patriotic design of its Indy car to HFOT and participated in a 10-day fundraising effort as part of that sponsorship; the company met its $1 million match goal and was able to amass a final donation total exceeding $2 million.
“We are thrilled ABC Supply will spotlight Homes For Our Troops for another year during the 2023 Indy 500,” says HFOT President and CEO, Brigadier General (Ret.) Tom Landwermeyer. “In addition to generating revenue with a generous $1 million match, the initiative will raise much-needed awareness about our mission throughout the country.
The retired general added gratitude that ABC Supply’s commitment to HFOT’s mission enables the nonprofit to get “even more injured veterans and their families” into the specially adapted homes these heroes need.
“ABC Supply has supported HFOT since 2020, with their Core Values resonating deeply with who we are as a company,” Mike Jost, ABC Supply’s COO, said. “We’re honored to continue raising awareness for this organization alongside our friends at AJ Foyt Racing during this storied and prestigious race.”
AJ Foyt Racing, headquartered northwest of Houston, has been competing at the top levels of motorsports since December 1965. Foyt, the team’s namesake and longtime driver, led his team to two Indianapolis 500 and three national INDYCAR championships. After his retirement from driving in 1993, Foyt’s team has continued its competitive edge, winning two more national titles and the 1999 Indianapolis 500 with driver Kenny Brack.
"Racing has given us many wonderful opportunities, but being part of the Homes For Our Troops campaign to raise awareness and help our troops who have suffered such severe injuries is a true privilege," said A.J. Foyt, the first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500. "We're proud to partner with ABC Supply to support this very worthy cause."
For more information on Homes For Our Troups, visit hfotusa.org.