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Operation Gratitude to Receive Jeep SUV Keys at Shea

posted on Jul 09 2007 0 Comments



Encino, CA July 9, 2007 In celebration of Operation Gratitude’s shipment of 250,000 care packages to U.S. Service Members deployed in combat, the Tri-State Jeep Dealer’s Association donated a new Jeep for the recipient of Operation Gratitude’s milestone Quarter-Millionth package. During a pre-game ceremony at Shea Stadium on Sunday, July 15th, 2007, a Jeep representative will deliver the symbolic keys to the 2007 Jeep Patriot Limited to Operation Gratitude for inclusion in the actual 250,000th package, which will then be hand-delivered by a U.S. Postal representative to the Military Post Office at Newark Airport for shipment overseas.

In further support of Operation Gratitude’s mission to put a smile on a Service Member’s face and express the appreciation of the American people, Tribune Broadcasting’s CW11/WPIX, the New York Mets, and Jeep are launching the “2007 Letter Writing Campaign.” One lucky writer’s letter will be chosen at random to be sent to Operation Gratitude’s 250,000th package recipient. The winning letter writer and the U.S. Service member who receives the 250,000th package will each drive home in a brand new 2007 Jeep Patriot Limited.

Letters to U.S. Military members deployed overseas can be submitted by visiting CW11.com/Jeep. Each letter written through CW11.com/Jeep will serve as an entry form to the contest.

“We are proud and humbled to contribute to a great organization like Operation Gratitude that does so much good in support of our troops” remarked Eric Neilsen, President of the New York Dealer Association. “The Jeep was originally developed to serve our military and we are very pleased to be able to continue this tradition in a small way.”

The Letter Writing Campaign will kick-off at Shea Stadium on Sunday, July 15, 2007 during Military Appreciation Day, a military themed event to honor all U.S. Service Members. The first 25,000 fans in attendance will receive a Mets cap, courtesy of Jeep. All fans are encouraged to bring items which will be collected into a large “care package” for Operation Gratitude. Acceptable items for donation are phone cards, DVDs, CDs, Beanie Babies, disposable cameras, batteries of all sizes, baseball caps, and sealed lip balm. Stop by Jeep displays at Gates A, C, or E to drop off.

The Jeep Patriot contest will run through September 17th, culminating in a pre-game ceremony held at Shea Stadium on September 30th, to announce the CW11 letter-writer winner and the Troop recipient of the 2007 Jeep Patriot Limiteds.

Fans interested in purchasing tickets for Military Appreciation Day can call 718-507-TIXX or log onto Mets.com or LosMets.com.

About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude is the 501 (c) (3), all-volunteer organization that sends care packages of items and letters addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile overseas regions. Its mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and to express to all troops the appreciation and support of the American people. Since its inception in March 2003, Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 250,000 packages to American troops deployed overseas.

Website: https://www.operationgratitude.com

About Jeep/Jeep Patriot

The heroic heritage of Jeep and its dominance of the sport-utility market stretch back 66 years. Jeep is known worldwide for its core values of mastery, authenticity, freedom and adventure. The Jeep Patriot, with excellent fuel efficiency, an affordable price and proven Jeep four-wheel-drive with low-ratio capability, provides an opportunity to expand the brand and attract new buyers around the world. Patriot marks a milestone in the Jeep brand’s two-year expansion effort, which has seen the brand grow from three to seven SUVs, including the Jeep Commander, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty (Cherokee outside North America), Jeep Compass, the legendary Jeep Wrangler and the all-new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited four-door.

Website: http://www.jeep.com

New York’s CW11 (WPIX-TV Channel 11), is the flagship station of The CW Television Network. Founded in 1948 and owned by Tribune Broadcasting, a division of the Tribune Company, WPIX has long been regarded as a groundbreaking station in New York. In September 2006, WPIX became The CW11, and its successful Network programming, award winning news, extensive library of hit movies, first-run programs, off-network sitcom favorites, quality children’s programming and public affairs shows, as well as outstanding event coverage, have contributed to the station’s success. The CW11 has been the official broadcast television home of the New York Mets since 1999.

Website: http://www.cw11.com


NEW YORK METS–Jay Horwitz: [email protected]
JEEP–Kristin Starnes: [email protected]


CW11/WPIX–Jessica Bellucci: [email protected]
Operation Gratitude–Carolyn Blashek: [email protected]


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