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Annual “Highway to Help Heroes Charity Drive” opens registration for 2021 event

May 3, 2021

All proceeds will benefit the Fraternal Order of Police Foundation and K9s for Warriors

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Leb Family Foundation, Sissine’s Office Systems and Ring Power Corporation announce registration is open for this year’s Highway to Help Heroes Charity Drive, scheduled for Saturday, June 5, 2021. The fourth annual Charity Drive will benefit injured and fallen officers through the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Foundation’s Fallen Officer Welfare Relief Fund and military veterans through partnership with K9s for Warriors, the nation’s largest provider of veteran service dogs.

“Our partners have a deep gratitude to the officers who serve and protect us every day, and for those who have been injured in the line of duty,” said Greg Leb of the Leb Family Foundation and co-creator of Highway toHelp Heroes. “The Charity Drive is a unique event for those of us in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Southeast Georgia. It gives supercar drivers and enthusiasts the opportunity to rally for a greater purpose—our nation’s heroes.”

Highway to Help Heroes will kick-off at the Ring Power Corporation headquarters located in St. Augustine, Florida with a morning meet and greet with K9s for Warriors veteran and service dog teams. Supercar drivers will then depart from Ring Power to participate in the approximately 45-mile Charity Drive course, trailing parts of Florida’s historic A1A highway before concluding at downtown Jacksonville’s Cowford Chophouse for an exclusive Studio 54-themed event, complete with food, beverages and entertainment.

“Since inception, the FOP Foundation has been dedicated to honoring and remembering the heroes of our law enforcement, and advocating for the protections of officers and their families,” said David Stevens, Immediate Past Chairman of the Fraternal Order of Police Foundation, Jacksonville. “Highway to Help Heroes enables the FOP Foundation to meet the needs of those who deserve our sincerest gratitude for their sacrifice.”

Individuals interested in participating in the Charity Drive may register their personal luxury vehicle, or choose to sponsor a supercar before Saturday, May 22, 2021. Space is limited. Tickets to attend the post-event at Cowford Chophouse are available for purchase online.

“The Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5-30 represents over 4,000 members and has established a Foundation that takes pride in making a difference for those who serve, ” said Bobby Deal, Chairman of the Fraternal Order of Police Foundation, Jacksonville. “Without support from our community, the work we do toadvance the services available to our law enforcement officers, and in partnership with K9s for Warriors for our military veterans, could not be possible.”

To register or learn more about Highway to Help Heroes, visit highway2helpheroes.com. To learn more about becoming a corporate sponsor, visit highway2helpheroes.com/sponsorship.

About Highway to Help Heroes

The annual Highway to Help Heroes Charity Drive, funded by The Leb Family Foundation and Sissine’s Office Systems, will take place in Jacksonville, Florida to benefit the men and women who have been injured in the line of duty. The 2021 Charity Drive will bring more than 100 participating supercar drivers to participate in an approximately 45-mile course along I-95 and A1A, the historic First Coast highway, to conclude with an exclusive event at Cowford Chophouse. All proceeds from the event will benefit The FOP Foundation Fallen Officers Welfare Relief Fund and K9s for Warriors. More information is available at highway2helpheroes.com.

About The Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police Foundation

The purpose of the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police Foundation is to promote and preserve the safety and security of the citizens of Jacksonville and the law enforcement officers who serve those citizens. To assist law enforcement officers and their families with educational programming and assistance, training, and other forms of support. To advance public understanding and interest in law enforcement and safety concerns through educational and charitable means. Find more information at fop530.com.

About K9s for Warriors

Determined to end veteran suicide, K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of trained Service Dogs to military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma. With the majority of dogs coming from high-kill rescue shelters, this innovative program allows the K9/Warrior team to build an unwavering bond that facilitates their collective healing and recovery. This treatment method is backed by scientific research (from Purdue University’s OHAIRE Lab) demonstrating Service Dogs’ ability to help mitigate their veteran’s symptoms of PTSD while simultaneously restoring their confidence and independence.

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