Victorious racing driver Gus Dean and DLP Motorsports wanted to do something special to mark Veterans Day in 2021.
And after doing thorough research on military-based charities and outlets, the duo today announced a donation of five hundred dollars to the Folds of Honor in Tulka, Oklahoma.
Folds of Honor is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides educational grants to the spouses and children of military personnel who have been killed or disabled while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Your educational grants support private school tuition or tutoring in grades K-12 as well as post-secondary tuition (two- or four-year college | university, technical school or vocational school).
Since its inception in 2007, Folds of Honor has awarded over 29,000 grants totaling over $ 145 million in all 50 states. 41 percent of the supervised students are minorities. It is rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator and Platinum on GuideStar.
It was founded by Lt. Col. Dan Rooney, the only F-16 fighter pilot and PGA professional currently stationed at Eglin AFB, Florida as a member of the 301st Fighter Squadron.
Dean and DLP Motorsports used a recent racing bonus to commit their donation to Folds of Honor.
At Orange County (NC) Speedway late that summer, Carolina Pro Late Model Series representatives offered a challenge to Dean and his Mooresville, NC-based DLP Motorsports team.
If Dean and the team gave up their starting position at the top of the field, started last and came back and won the event, the series would give them a bonus for Dean’s fourth straight win in the series and conquering the feat.
Of course, since racing drivers are racing drivers, the challenge is accepted.
In typical Dean fashion, he delighted the crowd with his cautiously aggressive driving style in 2021 and dashed through the field to take victory in his No. 57 DLP Motorsports Chevrolet.
“Everyone who knows me understands how much I mean the people who serve this country,” said Dean.
“We talked at the race that night that if we could get to Victory Lane, that money wouldn’t go back into our pockets, but instead we’d donate it to a place where we believe the donation would benefit .
“We did our homework and decided last month that we wanted to make our donation to Folds of Honor. You are a great organization with lasting effects and we are proud to be making this donation on Veterans Day.
“I would like to personally thank everyone in the past, present and future for their service in the Bundeswehr. Thank you will never be enough. ”
David “Buggy” Pletcher, owner of DLP Motorsports, proudly stands next to his driver in support of Folds of Honor.
“It is thanks to Gus that we can make this donation,” added Pletcher. “Everyone at DLP Motorsports works hard to get competitive racing cars on the track, but it’s talented drivers like Gus Dean who get the job done.
“Gus did amazing things with exceptionally little experience in these cars and when we were offered the challenge, we immediately accepted – because Gus knew we could do the job and make a difference for others outside of our DLP motorsport circle.
“We are happy and proud to make this donation to Folds of Honor and I promise that we will continue to work with Gus in various ways so that we can make further donations to Folds of Honor and hopefully other military charities in the future.”
To learn more about Gus Dean, please visit GusDean.com, like him on Facebook (Gus Dean Racing) and follow him on Twitter (@GusDean).
For more information or donations to support a Folds of Honor scholarship, visit foldsofhonor.org.
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