Classic of Denton Honors Local Military Veteran

Classic of Denton Honors Local Military Veteran

Classic of Denton Honors Local Military Veteran

by Steve Gamel

 

It’s no secret that giving back to the community is an everyday practice for the team at Classic Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and Classic Mazda of Denton. But in all the years they have selflessly served those around them, they hadn’t had the opportunity to give back to the Military veterans who risk their lives to protect our freedom. That all changed this February when General Manager Rick Wick, along with longtime owner Richard Allen, presented United States Marine Corps Sergeant Kenneth Rolon with a 2019 Ram Lonestar Crew Cab Classic.

The presentation was part of a joint effort between Classic, Wells Fargo Bank, and the Military Warriors Support Foundation, which honored Sergeant Rolon, a Denton native, through its Transportation4Heroes program. The Transportation4Heroes program is designed to help veterans successfully transition back to civilian life by providing access to reliable transportation as well as mentoring opportunities. Sergeant Rolon was part of a presentation on February 9 at a UNT men’s basketball game. On February 21, Classic hosted a separate event at its dealership, where Sergeant Rolon officially received the keys to his new truck. “It was a very quick deal where we only had two weeks to pull it all together. I visited with Richard, and he said let’s go for it,” Rick Wick said. “Our military veterans deserve to be recognized. They risk their lives to protect us and our country. They go through so much, so this is one way to give back and show our appreciation.”

Sergeant Rolon grew up in Queens, New York and chose to join the Marines after the events of 9/11. He began his service in 2004 and twice went to Iraq. He also had a tour in Afghanistan and as part of a Marine Expeditionary Unit before being honorably discharged in 2012. He is a Purple Heart recipient and was also recognized with a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons, and four Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, among others. Sergeant Rolon and his wife, Jodalys, met as teenagers and have been married for 12 years. “He’s a down-to-earth individual, and it was a pleasure meeting him and his family,” Wick said. Wick said Classic was chosen by Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Support Foundation, which chose Sergeant Rolon but were in search of a dealership to partner with. Wick said those organizations reached out to UNT, which suggested Classic as the perfect partner.

This year alone, Classic of Denton adopted 119 children that are homeless yet attend school in the Denton Independent School District, and provided 330 learning cards to the Gonzalez School in Denton. Classic also adopted 134 children for the Friends of the Family Denton organization, which gives assistance to mothers and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The organization adopted 56 children of Giving Hope, Inc., which is a Denton-based organization that assists individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing financial aid, assistance with housing, job training, transportation, childcare, and basic necessities.

Classic of Denton’s giving campaign didn’t stop there as it adopted 24 children for Lake Cities Church and 21 children and six mothers through Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home, which has a proud history of offering healing and hope to vulnerable children, teens, and families. It also donated sheets, gift cards, backpacks, and hoodies to the Monsignor King Outreach Center of Denton. The outreach center opens on December 24 every year for the homeless and is also open anytime the temperature outside is above 80 degrees or below 38 degrees. Our Daily Bread, which provides nutritious meals, special services, and referrals for other services to those in need, received a cash donation of $3,000 along with prepaid gift cards – all courtesy of Classic of Denton.

Through the efforts of the Classic of Denton employees, customers, and vendors, over $40,000 was collected. The Friday before Christmas, all Classic managers contributed $2,100 as a gift to Crosstimbers Church, on behalf of owner Richard Allen. Mr. Allen then matched a check for $2,100 for a total of $4,200 to Crosstimbers Church. Last, but certainly not least, Classic donated $3,000 to the Bedtime Rescue Program, which was founded in December 2012 through Cloud 9 Charities. Adding military support to their endless good deeds was a no-brainer, Wick said. “The spirit of giving back is definitely infectious throughout our entire dealership staff,” Rick Wick said. “Our employees are determined to set the goals higher every year and challenge themselves to make the biggest impact we can for those in need right here in Denton.”

 

photo courtesy of Slade Meadows


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