In Chicago on April 19th, Operation Route 66 held their fundraising event Kick Start the Ride! The event raised more than $4,000 for Middle East war vets and was a huge success. We were thrilled to be a part of it!
Local photographers and founders of Gerber + Scarpelli photography are using their talents to help tell the story of Middle East war veterans on a project that they are embarking on in May called “Operation Route 66.” Kurt Gerber and son Nick Gerber are using their visual gifts to give a light to some of the forgotten war veterans of our generation. The duo founded 41 Degrees North Productions, as a nonprofit documentary firm to help others. To help fund the $140,000 for production and travel costs, the duo is hosted “Kick Start the Ride” a benefit to help get Operation Route 66 on the road.
The majestic Columbia Yacht Club, located off of Chicago’s scenic Lake Shore Drive, played host to an evening full of fun, prizes, live music, great food and drinks. It was all hands on deck as over forty guests and veterans filled the dining room cabin of the historic MV Abegweit. The event featured a silent auction and several inspiring speeches from some true American heroes, veterans of foreign wars.
The mission of Operation Route 66 is to raise funds and awareness for veterans’ organizations benefitting American soldiers who have served in the wars in the Middle East. Professional photographers Kurt and Nick Gerber will embark on a motorcycle trip across the Western United States to collect stories and portraits of soldiers who have served to secure the safety and stability of the American people.
“Hearing the veterans speak in front of the room reaffirmed my commitment to this cause, said Kurt Gerber, Founder of Operation Route 66. “It was a great night and we were thrilled to see the outstanding show of support from people in the community. I want to thank everyone who was in attendance and also those who couldn’t attend but still generously donated to our journey.”
The after party was held at Bull & Bear, 431 N. Wells Chicago, IL 60654.
Abc 7 covered the event and interviewed Kurt and Nick Gerber, the founders of Operation Route 66.
ABOUT OPERATION ROUTE 66
The mission of Operation Route 66 is to raise funds and awareness for veterans support organizations benefitting American service members who have served in the wars in the Middle East. Professional photographers Kurt and Nick Gerber will embark on a motorcycle trip across the Western United States to collect stories and portraits of soldiers who have served to secure the safety and stability of the American people. Accompanied by a small film crew, the team will document the ride and conduct interviews with soldiers and their families along the journey. The father and son team, along with their crew, will navigate Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles over a two-week period in May 2012. At the conclusion of the ride, the motorcycles used will be up for auction with all proceeds benefiting a designated veterans organization. Ultimately, a collection of the portraits and film will be made accessible to the public to honor and identify those who so readily gave. For more information, please visit: www.operationroute66.us.