By Frank Lewis
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jennifer Jo Cobb kicked off her national Wreaths Across America campaign in Portsmouth Wednesday by visiting The Glockner GM Superstore and James Dickey Post 23 of the American Legion.
Cobb, a long-time supporter of military organizations with her Driven2Honor campaign has partnered with Wreaths Across America for 2014 to assist in placing remembrance wreaths on fallen soldiers grave sites throughout the country, specifically Arlington National Cemetery on its 150th anniversary for 2014.
Glockner Sales Rep and longtime Wreaths Across America supporter Dave Pack has been heading up the local campaign.
“The Wreaths Across America invited me to be a part of their campaign last year, and Dave Pack got me involved and I really put it on my heart that our goal was to cover Arlington, and those 240,000 graves at Arlington, and they are about 100,000 short of covering all of Arlington,” Cobb said. “But more close to home right now, there’s this wonderful raffle of this Chevy Spark at Glockner Superstore.”
The James Dickey Post 23, Glockners and Sassy’s Auto Repair & Towing in Greenup have combined their efforts to donate a brand new 2014 Chevy Spark to be raffled on Dec. 13 at Greenlawn Cemetery in Portsmouth.
“What they’re trying to do is make sure that the local veterans cemeteries are covered,” Cobb said. “I got started with local racing in a small community back in Kansas City, so it’s really neat today. It’s really kind of cool to come out and see the local hometown support of Wreaths Across America right here in this community.”
Pack said raffle tickets are $15 each and sponsors one remembrance wreath for a fallen veteran at Greenlawn and The Kentucky National Veterans Cemetery in Greenup. There are nearly 3,500 veterans buried at the two cemeteries.
“Our goal is to sell at least 3,500 tickets,” Pack, who is a Gulf-War Veteran, said. “If we do more tickets, that means more soldiers will be honored come Dec. 13 on Wreaths Across America Day.”
Cobb mingled with fans and local veterans in the showroom at Glockners.
“To come out and be a part of something so local and join in with the American Legion is really special,” Cobb said.
Tickets are available at The James Dickey Post 23 on Court St. along with many other community organizations and businesses throughout the year including The Glockner GM Superstore where the car is on display. All proceeds goes to The American Legion Wreath Fund to sponsor the wreaths in a partnership with the Wreaths Across America.org charity.
Cobb said this season in the Truck Series is shaping up to be a special one.
“There’s just something in the air where it’s just a lot stronger, a lot more sponsorship, a lot more support, and, of course we had the Arlington Anniversary logo on the hood of our truck at Daytona and we had great support from Grimes Irrigation, a company out of Texas,” Cobb said. “We’re able to take small to medium size businesses and let them be able to afford sponsorship. We work real closely with Network West Virginia, and they’re close to this area, so it’s really growing to a point where we can finally afford to be more competitive. I think longevity really surprises a lot of people from a small team. So we’re really excited about 2014.”
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.