Dorothy and Jack Fitzgerald, vice president and president of Fitzgerald Auto Malls respectively, were honored last month by the Yellow Ribbon Fund for their generous support of the organization, which provides support to returning veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Fitzgerald siblings, through their NextCar rental service, have provided the Yellow Ribbon Fund with nearly $1 million worth of car rentals for service members and their families while they’re staying at Walter Reed or housed elsewhere in the area.
In a press release announcing the honor, former Yellow Ribbon Fund executive director John Adams described the Fitzgerald family’s decades-long relationship with the organization, and discussed the way the partnership began and the ways the Fitzgeralds have assisted returning veterans in their times of greatest need.
“Back in 2004, at the height of the wars, I met a worried mom in the hallway of the old Walter Reed Hospital who had just flown into to D.C. to meet her critically injured son with only the clothes on her back,” Adams recounted in the press release. “We arranged a hotel room for her and then the first call we made was to Jack and Dottie for a rental car for her so she could visit her son at the hospital any time she wanted even when there were no shuttles running. Jack and Dottie did not hesitate in helping, and have been incredibly generous with their time, talent and treasure since that day.”Download Bulletin PDF