The SSG Alex Viola Foundation will donate a total of $90,000 to the Green Beret Foundation and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation in a 10am presentation January 23, at the Keller City Town Hall. Among those expected to attend will be SOWF Executive Vice President, Col. Sean Corrigan (Ret.) and Major General James G. Champion representing the Green Beret Foundation. The money was raised in large part through the 5th annual SSG Alex Viola Memorial Car Show presented by Statewide Remodeling and American Airlines. The event took place November 10, 2019, in Keller. This represents a 50% increase over the previous year. The show drew over 350 classic cars, several hundred spectators, including 13 Green Berets, and a flyover by four F-16 jet fighters.
Over the past five years, the SSG Alex Viola Foundation has donated close to $230,000 to the two organizations.
The SSGAV Foundation was established in August 2015 in honor of Staff Sergeant Viola, who lost his life to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) November 17, 2013. The organization's goal is to provide support for fallen and wounded Special Operations Warriors and their families.
"The SSG Alex Viola Memorial Car Show is one of the most significant local military events of the year providing needed support to our warriors. American Airlines is tremendously proud to be a part of such a meaningful organization that does great work within the military community and we're privileged to honor the memory of Staff Sgt. Viola,” said Randy Stillinger, Manager of Military and Veterans Initiatives for American Airlines.
Plans are already underway for the 2020 show, scheduled at the Keller Town Hall for Sunday, November 8.
"We are very grateful to the participants and sponsors who continue to provide outstanding support and contribute to this event's success. To be able to support two terrific veterans organizations is extremely gratifying and exactly what my son would have wanted,” according to Frank Viola, father of Alex Viola and Administrator of the SSG Alex Viola Foundation.