Actor Gary Sinise, Bondurant school in fund-raiser for veterans, first responders  

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Hollywood star Gary Sinise, whose iconic role as Lt. Dan in the movie Forest Gump led to his founding an organization to support veterans, first responders and their families, will appear at the Bondurant High Performance Driving School in Chandler, Arizona, on November 3 for the inaugural fund-raising Stars Across the Desert Gary Sinise Foundation Hero Drive.

His appearance coincides with the Bondurant school’s announcement selecting the Gary Sinise Foundation as its official non-profit partner long term.

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“We share Gary’s vision that everyone can always do just a little more for those who have done so much for all of us,” Franki Buckman, newly appointed chief executive officer at the Bondurant school, said in a news release.

“Dodge, our staff as well as all of our partners are thrilled to welcome Gary to the school, to recognize our veterans and to meet the local enthusiasts and supporters who want to contribute to the ultimate goal of raising $250,000 for this event.”

The Stars Across the Desert reception and meet & greet with Sinise requires pre-registration, with single seats and tables available for purchase in advance.  All proceeds benefit the foundation.  For information, call 480 403-7600 or email cchapin@bondurant.com.

In addition to attending the meet & greet with Sinise, select veterans will drive laps on the Bondurant performance-driving track and participate in the Hero drive to Las Vegas in the new patriotic Stars and Stripes Dodge SRT Charger.

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Donors can sponsor drivers, pledge per mile, or give a one-time or recurring donation by visiting the Stars Across the Desert website.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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