Brad Keselowski's Checkered Flag Foundation continued its support of the nation's military by adding to the fundraising efforts for a new Fisher House to be built in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The first annual Huntsman Shootout was held Thursday at The Huntsman Hunt Club in Dryden, Michigan - Keselowski's home state.
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans' families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. The Ann Arbor facility will benefit families of veterans that are in the care of the local VA hospital near the University of Michigan campus.
"What a phenomenal day we had at The Huntsman Shootout to benefit the building of a Fisher House in Ann Arbor," Keselowski said. "When the Checkered Flag Foundation (CFF) began looking for a new partner to continue to benefit our nation's veterans, we were lucky to have been led to the great people at the Fisher House Foundation. They put .93 cents of every dollar raised back into the foundation and are rated as an A+ charity. This is the most-successful fundraiser conducted by the CFF since its inception in 2010, and knowing that most of the money raised is going directly to the building of the Ann Arbor house is very humbling."
Over 125 guests took part in several events at the beautiful facility, including sporting clays, skeet shooting, archery, dog demonstrations and off-road driving in Ford F-150 and Ford Raptor trucks. In addition to Keselowski, Team Penske drivers Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney also competed in the various activities to provide a unique experience. University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh was also in attendance to lend his support and rounded out a star-studded day.
Unique items and one-of-a kind experiences were available during the live and silent auctions throughout the day, featuring:
- A helmet signed by all 33 drivers that participated in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016
- VIP trip to the 2018 Masters golf tournament
- Two exclusive ticket packages to University of Michigan football games this fall
- Skydiving experience with Fisher House Foundation board member Mark "Ranger" Jones, an Army Ranger veteran who has over 9,000 jumps and who accompanied former United States President George H.W. Bush on his 90th birthday jump
"While we are still putting the wraps on the first annual Huntsman Shootout, we are already looking at ways to make it even better in 2018," Keselowski said. "We want this event to be something not to be missed by anyone who supports our nation's military. Freedom is not free, and there is a lot of work to be done to take care of those that sacrifice so much for us."