Oakley and Infinite Hero Foundation Give Back
It’s hard to do anything but praise Oakley, the prominent eyewear maker that always appears to give back to its constituency with every turn. Few will forget the sight of the miners that had been trapped for endless days emerging from captivity wearing Oakley-supplied sunglasses to shield their eyes from sunlight they thought they’d never see again. 9/11 first-response rescue teams had Oakley equipment to assist them. The company has done much more than that over the years to assist those in need – always without promotion.
One of the programs that Oakley has been involved in for at least a couple of years is the Infinite Hero Foundation, which lends support to military heroes and their families. Their Infinite Hero group of eyewear donates a good percentage of profits to the Foundation, which announced – during NHRA’s Auto Club Finals on the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona dragstrip – five organization about to receive grants of much needed assistance.
This grouping of grants funds includes the Armed Forces Foundation, Heartbeat – serving Wounded Warriors, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America, the Institute for Creative Technologies (at the University of Southern California) and the Semper Fi Fund.
This non-profit organization’s new grants will assist the Armed Forces Foundation in prevention, intervention and counseling services for military-connected students and their families. Heartbeat’s grant provides emergency assistance, morale-building and innovative therapeutic services – including a Scuba Warriors program. The Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans group addresses mental health issues among veterans through its grant. The Institute for Creative Technologies’ funds supports a virtual reality exposure therapy system that treats combat-related post-traumatic stress. The Semper Fi Fund provides financial assistance and quality-of-life solutions to Marines and other Armed Forces members.
U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher, a seven-time champion in the running for an eighth title this weekend has donated a specially painted helmet for auction that will benefit the Infinite Hero Foundation. He’s proudly displaying the Foundation’s colors, in particular during this Veteran’s Day race meeting.
For more information about Infinite Hero and its foundation, please contact http://www.infinitehero.org – just as Oakley does, it’s a great way to say thank you to the every day heroes who make certain our American way of life continues to flourish.
By Anne Proffit