We link Veterans and available beach properties.
Veterans returning from deployment have a lot on their plate. Finding time to plan a family trip can be tough.
Operation ReConnect takes a 'community-collaboration' approach. The triad of our fundraising efforts, patriotic vacation homeowners willing to gift time in their vacant beach-side accommodations and support from all types of local and national businesses allow our military families to truly ReConnect without worry!
Due to numerous request, Operation ReConnect is launching another Fully-Customized Jeep to giveaway in 2018. Appropriately named after the American Flag theme, we are proud to announce "OLD GLORY" will make her debut in March 2018. This project is just as special to us as last years "Jeep of Faith" because it provides the support we need to accomplish our Mission. We aren't building Jeeps to show the world we can put our logo on a product - anyone can do that! We do this for one reason and one reason alone - To ReConnect military families after dealing with an overseas Combat Deployment. Whether you purchase one single ticket or a package of many, 100% of ALL PROCEEDS stay with our organization and go directly to veterans & their families.
As of February 2018, we are finished with the build-out of our Jeep Wrangler and are currently in the process of painting the final project. More pictures and details to come soon!
Watch the VIDEO below to see the entire "Jeep of Faith" project that concluded on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2017.
A TEAM of good people had an idea. After months of brainstorming, planning, blood, sweat (and a lot of financial) equity, tears, determination, love and HARD WORKING, AMERICAN HANDS - "Jeep of Faith" - was born.
Operation ReConnect is now ready to introduce this one-of-a-kind, custom-built, hand-painted - 2017 Jeep Wrangler to the world! No, we did not build this masterpiece to show the world we can put our organization logo on a vehicle. We built this for one reason and one reason alone: Raise funds and awareness for our military families who deal with Combat Deployments. The funds will be used to fulfill our Mission to provide beach-front accommodations for 7-nights FREE OF CHARGE to returning Armed Services members and their families. We serve every Branch and Rank including Active, Guard and Reservists.
JEEP OF FAITH:
2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport (Fully Customized Build)
7 1/2" Lift
Oversized Fender Flares
Large Front LED Light Bar
Two (2) Front & Rear LED Spotlights
Bluetooth controlled headlights/auxiliary lighting
CUSTOM HAND PAINTED GRAPHICS:
The American Flag
The United States of America - Constitution Preamble
Operation ReConnect principal place of business is 6061 Colonial Pkwy #13202, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 (929) 900-6772. 2017 Operation ReConnect – Jeep of Faith Official Rules: Operation ReConnect (OPRC), a Florida nonprofit corporation and tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is conducting the Jeep of Faith Raffle (the “Raffle”) to raise funds for its ongoing charitable activities and purposes. The rules (the “Rules”) of the Raffle, set forth below, govern the Raffle, award of prizes, and participation in the Raffle. These Rules bind every person (a “Ticket Holder”) who buys or holds a Raffle ticket. By purchasing or holding a ticket, each Ticket Holder agrees (a) to be bound by these Rules and (b) that Operation ReConnect’s interpretation and application of these Rules is conclusive and final.
The Grand Prize Drawing for the Raffle will take place on November 11th, 2017 (the “Grand Prize Drawing Date”). The final ticket purchase deadline for entry is November 11th, 2017 (the “Final Ticket Purchase Deadline”). All drawings are open to the public, but the winner need not be present to win.
Tickets. Raffle tickets cost $20 each, 6-packs for $100, or 35-packs for $500. Only one Eligible Ticket Purchaser (as defined below in the “Eligibility” section of these Rules) may purchase a ticket. This means, (a) one name per ticket and (b) one purchaser per ticket. An Eligible Ticket Purchaser may designate another person a Ticket Holder. If a ticket names more than one person as a Ticket Holder and that ticket is a winning ticket, then OPRC will (a) deem the person named first on the ticket as the Ticket Holder, (b) declare the first person named on the ticket as the winner, and (c) award the prize to the first person named on the ticket. In such case, the division of the prize shall be the sole responsibility of the first person named on the ticket. Once OPRC awards the prize to the first person named on a ticket, OPRC will have no further duties or obligations with respect to the division of the prize and all persons named on a ticket as Ticket Holders release OPRC from all claims relating to the award of the prize or its division among other persons on a ticket named as Ticket Holders. The IRS has taken the position that amounts paid for chances in Raffles, lotteries or similar drawings for valuable prizes are not gifts and therefore do not qualify as deductible charitable contributions.
Eligibility To be eligible to purchase a ticket, a ticket purchaser (an “Eligible Ticket Purchaser”) must (a) be at least 18 years old at the time of purchase, (b) be a U.S. resident physically residing in the United States or District of Columbia, and (c) not be precluded by Applicable Law (as that term is defined in the “Registration with the State of Florida and Applicable Law” section of these Rules”) from holding or purchasing a ticket or participating in a raffle.
If a ticket is purchased by an Eligible Ticket Purchaser who designates another person as the Ticket Holder, then that person must (a) be at least 18 years old at the time of purchase, (b) be a U.S. resident physically residing in the United States or District of Columbia, and (c) not be precluded by Applicable Law (as that term is defined in the “Registration with the State of Florida and Applicable Law” section of these Rules”) from holding or purchasing a ticket or participating in a raffle. OPRC employees may not purchase a ticket and are not eligible to win a prize. In addition, OPRC board members may not purA person cannot be an Eligible Ticket Purchaser or a Ticket Holder if such person or holder is a person (a) with whom U.S. persons or entities are restricted from doing business under regulations of the Office of Foreign Asset Control of the Department of the Treasury (including those named on OFAC’s Specially Designated and Blocked Persons List”) or under any statute or executive order or (b) who is acting, directly or indirectly, for or on behalf of any such person. chase a ticket and are not eligible to win a prize. OPRC reserves the right to require reasonable evidence of the eligibility of an Eligible Ticket Purchaser or Ticket Holder at any time and to void any ticket sold to a person who does not meet the eligibility requirements or who is precluded by applicable law from holding a ticket or participating in a raffle.
How to Purchase Tickets Eligible Ticket Purchasers may purchase Raffle tickets online at www.OperationReConnect.org or in person from an Operation ReConnect Official Representative at The Flora-Bama Lounge, Package & Oyster Bar located at 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, Florida 32507. No purchase or contribution necessary. At the time of purchase, Eligible Ticket Purchasers must provide their name, address, phone number, email address, credit card number, credit card security code and expiration date, and such other information as OPRC may require. Eligible Ticket Purchasers may also purchase tickets by mailing Operation ReConnect, P.O. Box 701 Gulf Shores, AL 36547. Eligible Ticket Purchasers may not purchase tickets by email or voice mail. All entries must include payment by cash, check, money order, or credit card.
Tickets will be distributed and ticket numbers will be assigned in the order that payment is received. All payments will be deposited upon receipt. OPRC reserves the right to reject any entry form that it deems defective, illegible, ineligible, or submitted without “good funds.” OPRC will email unofficial raffle tickets as receipts for ticket purchases to the Ticket Purchaser within one (1) week of purchase. To win a prize, Ticket Holders do not need (a) to possess a hard copy of a Raffle ticket or a receipt in order to win and (b) do not need to be present at a drawing. All Raffle ticket sales are final. OPRC will make no refunds.
The Drawings For all drawings, OPRC will draw at random and determine winning ticket under the supervision of an independent third-party auditor. Drawings will be held on or before November 11th, 2017 at 4:00p.m. CST. The drawing location will be at The Flora-Bama Lounge, Package & Oyster Bar – 17401 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507. Drawing is open to the public, but winners need not be present to win.
At the discretion of OPRC, the Raffle may be extended or modify ticket purchase deadlines (the Final Ticket Purchase Deadline) and drawing dates, times, and locations. Modifications to drawing date, time or location will be publicly available no less than 30 days prior to actual drawing.
Vehicle Prize: The funds for Jeep of Faith Raffle were provided by the Official Sponsors. Vehicles will come as described on “Specifications” located on www.operationreconnect.org/jeep. Winner is also solely responsible for any and all state or local license, title, registration, taxes, or fees associated with the vehicle, as well as insurance (proof of which must be shown prior to delivery) and pickup or delivery costs at the dealership as well as any non-standard options chosen by the winner and negotiated with the dealership. Gulf Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Inc is the “Dealership” of record.
Rules Applicable to All Ticket Buyers and All Prizewinners OPRC will make reasonable efforts to contact prizewinners using information provided on the winning entry form. If a prizewinner does not contact OPRC within 30 business days after the first initial contact notifying the prizewinner of their winnings, then OPRC shall give notice to such prizewinner by U.S. Postal Service certified mail, return receipt requested, at the address set forth in the information provided by the Eligible Ticket Purchaser. This notice shall state (a) the prize won, (b) a telephone number of a contact person at OPRC, (c) the time and location where the prize can be claimed, and (d) that if the prize has not been claimed within 30 days of the date the notification is given, that OPRC may, at its option, retain the prize. OPRC will not award a prize if the prizewinner (a) was ineligible to purchase a ticket or otherwise enter the Raffle, (b) provided materially false or misleading information to OPRC in connection with the purchase of a raffle ticket, or (c) if participating in this Raffle or receiving a prize is prohibited with respect to such person pursuant to these Rules or Applicable Law. After 30 days, OPRC reserves the right to draw another Official Ticket to be the winner. A Ticket Holder cannot assign or transfer his/her interest in a Raffle ticket or a prize won by a winning Raffle ticket. Winners of a Raffle prize authorize OPRC to withhold all required amounts and report the award of Raffle prizes in accordance with Applicable Law. For cash prizes of $5,000 or more, OPRC will (a) withhold and remit all sums OPRC is required to withhold in accordance with Applicable Law and (b) remit the balance of the cash prizes to the winners.
Americans are searching for ways to show appreciation.
Combat Veterans & their family could use the time.
Here is how it works:
Qualifications To Apply For A ReConnect Trip:
Served in the United States Military - Any Branch, Any Rank
have Been Deployed To A Combat Zone on or after September 11, 2001
*** NOTE: Due to high demand, June & July property availability is LIMITED***
Property availability increases dramatically between August 1 - May 15
- Register using the link below
- Upon Registration, you will receive an email confirmation
- Our database of Registered Veterans and Donated Properties is referenced on a regular basis to complete the matching process
- When your preferred dates & accommodation request are matched, you will receive a phone call and/or email for confirmation. A DD214 or other documentation is required at time of confirmation.
NOTE: THE MOST RECENT RETURNING DEPLOYERS (within 12 months) WILL ALWAYS HAVE PRIORITY! Being the first to Register, does not imply you will be selected first. We do our best to accommodate all requests, but there are times when we simply do not have a property available. In that situation, we will contact you for alternative dates that will work with your schedule and family needs. EVERY COMBAT VETERAN is entitled to one (1) one post-deployment ReConnect Trip. This "golden ticket" may be used at a time that selected by the Veteran. No Expiration.
Operation ReConnect knows that Veterans are self-sufficient and would rather help others than themselves. This isn't a call to help the needy. It's a chance to let friends and neighbors stand beside a Veteran's family in support. We are finding that there are so many Americans that would love to say thank you by doing a little more than buying a fundraiser raffle ticket.
Veterans have to make tough decisions every day. Whether it's deployment or redeployment, each day away from home is difficult. We celebrate the family by giving a brief time to enjoy just the inner-core of a Veterans support team. Fathers, Mothers, Brothers, Sisters, Husbands, Wives, and Children at home put in late hours thinking about their loved ones overseas. They also have to pick up the roles and duties of those gone in order to keep the family unit intact and running smoothly. This is a celebration of those here at home as much as those deployed.
Are you a Veteran and considering whether to take time off to take a vacation? STOP. Put your request in and tell your loved ones that you're taking them on a "just us" trip.
We make giving easy.
No guilt. No pressure. Guaranteed.
Operation ReConnect appreciates every single dollar given. We established as a 501(c)3 not only to provide tax advantages but as a way to provide accountability for every cent vested to us.
Through gracious donations by owners and vacation management groups, the expense of the beach place itself is typically free for us. But the expense of fees incurred by donors like cleaning fees, can add up quickly. Many of these donors are providing multiple offerings and we want to make sure they see the appreciation for their kindness. Additionally, we really like to make sure that no financial burden prevents a family from coming to the beach. If that means gas cards, gift certificates for necessities or picking up meals we want to make sure we place no undo hardship on anyone who provides us freedom.
Your donation goes to covering the cost of ensuring a family is truly free to enjoy their stay.
All business owners , organizations and foundations are encouraged to donate in a way that works best for them. As with all non-profit organizations, direct financial contributions are the core in achieving Mission Success. Coupons, discounts, and complimentary services are all welcomed. Participation by local and national businesses alike, can help add memories and enjoyment to a ReConnect Trip. Truly a great way to Support those willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Through generous donations of property, it's you that opens the gateway to what we are all about.
If you own property that you would like to donate to a Combat Veteran and their family for a 7-Day period or longer, please contact us. Currently, we have Operations established along the beautiful beaches of Northwest Florida and Coastal Alabama; however, we will evaluate any opportunity to provide as many ReConnect experiences as possible.
We work closely with leasing groups, realty companies and private owners through real estate staff volunteers that know how to make this work. We know that adding any complication or time to dealing with your real estate can be more than a hassle, it can be expensive. Each donor is met with to ensure details of how we schedule and care for your property are laid out clear and without pressure.
Depending on property financial structure, there are opportunities to gain tax deductions through your generous offering.
Operation ReConnect is a solid organization in design but that doesn't mean closed minded to those with ideas. Many of us have worked for groups that either were too structured or not enough. Both are wrought with troubles. We have the structure to provide you with a platform for YOUR ideas to develop and grow.
If you have a group to network with, we are always open to discussing ways to work together. Interested in helping with marketing, technology, real estate, administration? Bring it.