By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Courtney Force was in Florida on Thursday for a special presentation. The Advance Auto Parts Funny Car pilot was at the home dedication for Building Homes for Heroes, through a partnership with her sponsor.
Building Homes for Heroes is a national non-profit organization founded in 2006. The house that Advance Auto Parts, along with Force, presented was given to Gold Star family of Army Staff Sergeant Mark de Alencar and his Gold Star Wife Natasha.
Alencar made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country, as he was killed in Afghanistan in April 2017. According to the Department of Defense, he died “of injuries sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire during combat operations.”
He had been working with Afghan troops to fight Islamic State, or ISIS, fighters. Alencar, along with the Afghan troops, were operating in the Nangarhar province when he was killed.
“Through Advance Auto Parts, we added Building Homes for Heroes on our race car — the last couple of races,” Force said last Saturday in between qualifying sessions in Virginia at the NHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park. “It’s really something that’s been close to them and it is trying to help out the veterans, who are out there supporting our country. I’m really honored to be able to go out there to present keys to a veteran, who, obviously, fought hard for our freedom. This is a small way of saying thanks for what they’ve done. I think it’s going to be great to be there representing Advance Auto Parts and being there with the CEO [Thomas Greco] to present keys to their new home.”
The house was dedicated in Navarre, Florida. This was their first-ever home dedication to a Gold Star Family. The ceremony was held 11 am on Thursday.
“I think it’s important to honor our military, whether they’ve been injured or not,” Force said. “They obviously played a role in our entire country by going out there and serving to protect us all and allowing us all to do what we love. I think it’s great for Advance Auto Parts to join forces with Building Homes for Heroes to show thanks for what they’ve done.”
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Today I met an incredible family, while working with @advanceautoparts & @buildinghomesforheroes. I was humbled & honored to be a part of gifting a new home to a Gold Star family in Pensacola, FL. Mark De Alencar served in the US Army & gave the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom. His legacy lives on through his wife Natasha, their 5 children, family & friends. I was so moved to see their community come together to welcome his family to their new home. It was a heartwarming moment seeing them start a new chapter while remembering Mark. Thank you to all of our police officers, firefighters, the military and those fighting overseas, as well as their families, for their sacrifices every single day. There is no possible way to thank you all enough, for your service. 🙏🏻🇺🇸 So proud to be a part of a company like Advance Auto Parts who currently employs over 6,000 military veterans and has a promise to hire an additional 10,000 more over the next 5 years. 🙌🏻 #ThankYouForYourService #BuildingHomesForHeroes