- The Jeep® brand will honor two individuals making a positive impact in their community
- Winners will be recognized as the USA Basketball Men’s National Team honorary ‘6th Man’ and ‘6th Woman’ during the July 12 USA Basketball exhibition game in Las Vegas
- Each winner will receive $20,000 to donate to the charity of their choice
- Contest inspired by the Jeep brand campaign ‘Power Within’
July 12, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Jeep® brand has chosen the winners of its “6th Man” contest, which was designed to honor two individuals who selflessly dedicate their time to make a positive impact in their local communities.
The contestants will be recognized as the honorary “6th Man” and “6th Woman” during the USA Basketball Men’s National Team exhibition game in Las Vegas on Thursday, July 12. Each winner will receive a $20,000 donation made directly to the charity of their choice.
The Jeep brand asked its Facebook fans to nominate individuals by submitting an entry that explained how that person exemplified their “Power Within” by serving others in their communities through personal sacrifice, humble spirit, integrity, courage and leadership. Three men and three women finalists were selected and each finalist was then the subject of a two-minute video vignette shot in their hometown by a professional production team to showcase how each finalist has made a contribution to their community. The videos were posted to the Jeep Facebook page and voted on by the Jeep community to select the final winners.
“The Jeep brand is proud to honor these individuals who have gone above and beyond to give themselves, their time and energy to improve the lives of others” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand. “It is a privilege and an incredible inspiration to support those who use their power with a purpose to serve their community in a meaningful way.”
‘6th Man’ Winner Steven Diaz, Columbia, S.C. – Diaz was severely injured during Operation Iraqi Freedom and spent more than a year and a half in a hospital recovering from his wounds. Unable to return to duty, Diaz turned his attention to helping fellow veterans and their families in his community who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.
‘6th Woman’ Winner Denise Moore Toth, Cleveland – After being laid off from her job nearly five years ago, Toth dedicated her time, money and spirit to serving the homeless of Cleveland. Denise has built a strong ministry for the homeless that operates solely on the generosity of others that has been feeding and clothing the homeless for more than five years. Toth cooks and prepares more than 70 hot meals every Saturday that she delivers to the homeless all around Cleveland.
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