FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FOX 55) - Formed by Vince Corona and Joe Wasson, Le Tour de Fort has been around for 10 years bringing people together for a good time while supporting local veteran organizations, and even though this year's Le Tour de Fort has come and gone, the money raised during the charity bicycle ride bar crawl was put to use Monday.
In 2017, the event set out to provide 2 new Ford Flex suvs for a local Disabled American Veterans chapter and they were able to do that Monday with help from Bob Thomas Ford and Steel Dynamics.
“Mission has always been to support veterans, strengthen our community, and bring people together for an awesome time, but helping out countless veterans in our local community has a bigger impact,” said Corona, who was excited to see the completion of something they set out to do in 2017.
Both SDI and Bob Thomas Ford got on board because they believe in supporting veterans and when the cars were given away Monday, Bob Thomas said he was proud to help carry on a Ford tradition dating back to World War 1.
Thomas said, “It makes me feel great. They [veterans] are the people that sacrificed a lot, dedicated themselves to helping keep us free. That’s why we live in such a great country, so I can’t think of a better cause.”
The cars will be used by the Disabled American Veterans of Allen County to transport disabled vets to and from appointments which will be a big help for veterans in our community.
Paul Allen, the Public Relations Officer for the DAV Chapter 40, says that the vets are happy for the help, saying “They’re not going to come out and ask for it, they’re too proud, but when someone steps up to the plate and provides them with something, they’re very appreciative.”
The new cars will replace ones with over 240,000 miles on them and Allen says they’ve been a long time coming.
“Because of SDI, Bob Thomas, and Le Tour de Fort, we were able to obtain 2 vehicles in one year. That’s unheard of,” Allen said
As those that use the rides are excited for the new vehicles.
Allen, who's a veteran himself, says “These guys are giddy. It’s like somebody cares.”