Veterans, families to benefit from Western Products’ snowplow donation

westernplow_militaryWestern Products, a manufacturer of snow-removal and ice-control equipment, is donating a military-themed Wide-Out snowplow to the nonprofit arm of American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT). The snowplow will then be raffled off, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support AVTT’s work in subsidizing travel to war memorials as well as to fund scholarships for veterans’ family members.

The raffle will be held on June 26 at the 2015 Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA) Snow and Ice Symposium in Schaumburg, Illinois. “Supporting an organization such as the AVTT is an honor for Western Products,” said Patrick Dietz, the company’s vice president of marketing. “The raffle is an excellent opportunity for us to continue to support our veterans and their families. We look forward to the success stories and assistance this donation will help create.”

The one-of-a-kind Wide-Out snowplow was designed in tandem with Rich Arlington & Associates, a leading industry consultant. The design commemorates each of the five branches of the U.S. armed services and their veterans. PPG Industrial Coatings donated the paint for the project, and ICAFe donated the custom paint job.

“Seeing projects like this come together is truly inspiring,” said retired Army Lt. Col. Don Allen, a member of AVTT. “Supporting our veterans is an important cause. These donations will give them and their families the opportunity to pay respect to fallen service members and help pave a bright educational path for their children.”

SIMA, a nonprofit professional trade association for snow and ice management, donated a booth for the raffle event. Tickets prices are $5 each or $20 for a set of five. Raffle tickets can be purchased by calling (866) 454-0948 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. EDT. Tickets can also be purchased at the SIMA convention June 25-26. Drawing for the winner will be held at noon June 26. Attendance is not required to win.

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