Tommy Baldwin Racing honors military family
June 28, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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SPARTA, Ky. -- Tommy Baldwin Racing, in conjunction with Theme Park Connection, has named Peter and Amber Defond of Middletown, Connecticut, as winners of a five-day, all-expenses paid Disney Cruise vacation getaway.
The program, part of TBR's Salute the Troops campaign, received hundreds of nominations of deserving military servicemen and women.
Peter Defond was an active member of the U.S. Marines for eight years, doing three tours in Iraq and one in Japan.
He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, has a traumatic brain injury, knee issues and lost his hearing in one ear.
The Defonds have two children.
Team owner Tommy Baldwin said his organization is "proud to be partnered with Theme Park Connection on this awesome 5-day, all expenses paid Disney cruise for a military family.
"This is a great way to give back to all of those who give so much for our great country," said Baldwin. "Hopefully this vacation getaway will be something that one family will be able to remember for a long time to come."
"Theme Park Connection is honored to be able to have the privilege to give something back to someone who gave so much to our country, and to be a part of this with TBR and NASCAR has been one of the most rewarding things we have ever done as a company," TPC officials said in a release.
TBR partnered with the Armed Forces Foundation, NASCAR and Chevrolet earlier this year as part of the Salute The Troops campaign, which began May 16 and will conclude July 5. In addition to encouraging race fans to write "thank you" notes to be delivered to active members of the military serving overseas, Chevrolet also donated 60,000 minutes of calling time to members of the military.