Roofing distribution giant ABC Supply Co. Inc. announced that over $3 million has been donated to Homes For Our Troops [HFOT] as part of a fundraiser held by the company in conjunction with the 107th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
Among millions of viewers tuning in for Sunday’s race, several HFOT veterans were invited to experience the whirlwind weekend. The veterans got a garage tour of the No. 14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet driven by Santino Ferrucci, walked the fabled Yard of Bricks and got a front-row seat to the patriotic, stars-and-stripes-clad HFOT Indy car racing to a third-place finish.
“This past weekend’s events at the Indy 500 were an incredible experience for our veterans, including one-on-one interactions with the AJ Foyt Racing team as well as celebrating driver Santino Ferrucci’s third-place finish," says HFOT President/CEO Brigadier General, USA (Ret) Tom Landwermeyer. "We are so grateful to ABC Supply for not only hosting HFOT at the event but for raising national awareness of our mission of ‘Building Homes and Rebuilding Lives’ through both the car’s patriotic design and by matching donations throughout the month of May."
ABC Supply has supported HFOT since 2020 and donated the design of the Indy car to create more awareness for the organization, which builds and donates specially adapted custom homes across the United States for severely injured post-9/11 veterans, enabling them to rebuild their lives. HFOT has built 355 specially adapted homes since its inception in 2004.
“We were excited to host this monthlong donation match campaign, and now, we’re simply humbled by the overwhelming support that has poured in for HFOT,” says Mike Jost, chief operating officer at ABC Supply. “Our relationship with HFOT means a great deal to us, and we’re so thankful to the team at AJ Foyt Racing for helping us bring light to the incredible work the organization does for our nation’s veterans.”
AJ Foyt Racing Team President Larry Foyt said in a statement the team was "honored to represent such a wonderful organization.”
"From meeting some courageous heroes who attended the race to carrying the beautiful red, white and blue livery on Memorial Day weekend, this program has been special to our team and fans alike," sad Foyt. "We’re thrilled that we could have a fantastic finish and hopefully raise a great deal of awareness about Homes For Our Troops.”
Those who missed the donation matching window but would still like to support HFOT are encouraged to do so. Donations can be made by visiting hfotusa.org.