“Ride Home” Song to Benefit Service Members Traveling Home for the Holidays

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Armed Services YMCA Says Proceeds from New Song Will Help Program Serving Junior Enlisted Service Members and Their Families

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“As we prepare to enjoy our Memorial Day holiday, hopefully the song will help Americans remember that our military families deserve to be together, and we all need to do everything we can to make that happen.”

Songwriters Andy Westley and Colleen Webb announced today that all of the net proceeds from the sale of their song “Ride Home” will be donated to Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home, an Armed Services YMCA program that provides funding for our service members and their families to get back to their loved ones.

Westley, and his employer, Wirtz Beverage Group, have worked to raise money for Operation Ride Home over the last three years.

“The inspiration for the song came from the great work being done by this organization and we are proud to be donating the proceeds from the song to this wonderful cause,” said Andy Westley. “As we prepare to enjoy our Memorial Day holiday, hopefully the song will help Americans remember that our military families deserve to be together, and we all need to do everything we can to make that happen.”

“It speaks volumes that Andy was so touched by Operation Ride Home that he is using his extraordinary talent to give back,” said William D. French, ASYMCA President and CEO. “We are always moved by these gestures and proud to have the support of great Americans, like Andy, who recognize the impact this program makes for our service members and their families.”

The song, which is featured on the album by Andy Westley and Friends “It’s Not About Me,” was recorded by Westley (vocals) and Webb (acoustic guitar) along with Tom Roper (electric guitar), Mark Il Santo (bass), Dave Siegel (drums), and Katelyn Cohen (cello). It can be purchased on iTunes or at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/andywestleyandfriends for $0.99 (single) and $9.99 for the full album, and all the net proceeds from the song will be donated to Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home between now and the end of 2015.

For more information on Operation Ride Home, please go to http://www.jdoperationridehome.com.

About the Armed Services YMCA
The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) is a nonprofit organization which has been dedicated to making military life easier for more than 150 years. Impacting over 500,000 families annually, the ASYMCA offers low and no cost programs through 200 service centers at 34 branch and affiliate locations serving 45 of the largest military installations nationwide. Of the 1.2M active duty military stationed in the US, approximately 82% are located where the ASYMCA has a branch or affiliate nearby to help make military life easier. The ASYMCA does not receive government funding, and does not charge dues or membership fees for their programs. The ASYMCA is proud of our fiscal responsibility, and that .89 of every dollar donated goes directly to support programs. We are designated as a top-rated charity by CharityWatch and a proud recipient of a three star rating from Charity Navigator. Your tax deductible donation (Tax ID #36-3274346) to the ASYMCA will make a significant impact on the lives of junior enlisted service members and their families. Please visit asymca.org to learn more.

About Operation Ride Home
Since 2011, the Jack Daniel Distillery and the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) have partnered to help junior-enlisted service members and their families in financial need travel from their base to homes across the country. Through vouchers for plane tickets and pre-paid debit cards to assist those who are driving, ORH has assisted 1,557 service members and those with families – for a total of 3,549 individuals – travel home to loved ones. Troops from every branch of service have been assisted and travelled to 47 of the 50 states.

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