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Bid On Kellie Picklers Truck For Charity

first_imgThe Ram Truck brand continues its successful “Road to the Ram Jam” all-star country music series with the first of five charity auctions where each participating artist will auction off their 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck to benefit a charity of their choice.Starting at 1 p.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 22, fans can bid for Kellie Pickler’s Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck with all the proceeds from the auction benefiting the USO Warrior and Family Care program, a comprehensive long-term effort designed to help the nation’s wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers navigate through the challenges of recovery. To get more information on the charity auction hosted on eBay Giving Works and to bid on Pickler’s truck, visit www.ebay.com/roadtoramjam.As part of the Road to the Ram Jam series, all five participating artists – Kellie Pickler , Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington, Zac Brown Band, and Easton Corbin – received a one-year lease on a 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck. Those trucks will be auctioned off in the next three months with all proceeds benefiting a charity of each artist’s choice. Fans will have two weeks to bid on each artist’s truck.Gilbert’s truck will go up for auction Feb. 5 with all proceeds benefiting Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). Currington follows Gilbert on Feb. 19 with proceeds benefiting Team Rubicon, Zac Brown Band on March 5 with proceeds benefiting Camp Southern Ground, and Corbin on March 18 with proceeds benefiting the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.“Ram was proud to partner with these five great country music artists on the ‘Road to Ram Jam’,” said Fred Diaz -President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico. “It is nice to know how much they each loved driving their trucks and now we wholeheartedly encourage Ram truck and country music fans to support the auctions and the wonderful charities they benefit.”“I love everything there is to love about my Ram Truck,” Pickler said. “And I have to be honest I am a little sad about giving it up, but it’s for a great cause and we really want to raise a lot of money for the USO, so please log on and bid.”“USO Warrior and Family Care provides services that help our heroes heal with honor,” added Kelli Pendleton, programs manager for USO Fort Campbell. “We are so grateful to Kellie for thinking of the USO and the work we do to support our nation’s wounded, ill and injured as well as to Ram and everyone who casts their bids in support of such a worthwhile initiative.”To learn more about USO Warrior and Family Care, click here.The Road to the Ram Jam series was the ultimate country music fan experience. It helped bring fans closer to some of their favorite artists with exclusive video content, the opportunity to win prizes, free music downloads, as well as a chance to enter to win trips for two to the exclusive Ram Jam concert. The invitation-only 2012 Ram Jam concert event, held on Dec. 29 in Nashville, Tenn., was a huge success with performances by all five participating artists. Those who missed the live stream of the concert event on Ram Country on Yahoo! Music can click here and check out some of the highlights from the night.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Thunder Bay Bear Clan Patrol takes to the water to try and

first_img(Bear Clan out on a river in Thunder Bay. Photos courtesy the Bear Clan.)Kathleen MartensAPTN News SaturdayVolunteers with Bear Clan Patrol in Thunder Bay plan to start doing something this weekend police and politicians have so far been unable to do – patrol the waterways that have claimed more than 12 Indigenous lives since 2000.“We got three so far,” spokesman Travis Hay said of brightly coloured kayaks they want to launch Saturday in the McIntyre River that runs through the northwestern Ontario city.“We’ll be doing weekend river patrols through the summer along with our regular foot patrols.”Some victims drowned accidentally in the river and McIntyre-Nebing Floodway but others died under suspicious circumstances leading to allegations of racism against the police service for shoddy investigative work.Eventually, there was a coroner’s inquest and water safety audit.The victims were either students from remote communities or adults in the city for various reasons including medical appointments.Hay says the city is still debating recommendations from the audit but Bear Clan isn’t waiting to make the rivers safer.“We went out earlier this week on a test run…,” he said, “to see how the waters were.”The Thunder Bay chapter is modelled on the Bear Clan Patrol that was founded in Winnipeg, Man., and now supervised by James Favel.Favel loves how the group is thinking “outside the box” despite the many challenges.“When they started up I did not envy their position,” he said. “They were up against (allegations) of corruption of the police and mayor and the hatred there, the racism.”But now Favel says the Bear Clan is filling gaps in services – especially evenings and weekends – and repairing relationships from the ground up. There are 28 chapters now in 14 cities in six provinces from Montreal to Vancouver, he added.Hay says Thunder Bay bought kayaks and life jackets with donations. He says volunteers are needed and welcome.Thunder Bay police are conducting their own patrols of the waterways in the city.A recently released report by police shows there have been more than a thousand interactions between officers and people by the [email protected]@katmartelast_img read more