Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) presented Polaris Chairman and CEO Scott Wine, a U.S. Navy veteran, with the 2015 IAVA Civilian Leadership Award in recognition of Victory Motorcycles’ contributions as a strategic partner to IAVA. Wine, a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, received the award at the ninth annual IAVA Heroes Gala held Nov. 12 in New York City.
Victory Motorcycles, a division of Polaris, is in its second year as a strategic partner to IAVA, and has provided financial contributions and helped raise awareness for IAVA by providing the organization with exhibit space at major motorcycle events such as Daytona Bike Week, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and motorcycle shows from coast to coast.
IAVA honored Wine for Victory’s significant support, and for his role in the expansion of Polaris Defense, a division that provides products including deployable advanced ground off-road vehicles used worldwide by U.S. military personnel.
IAVA also honored U.S. Army veteran Daniel Rodriquez at the Heroes Gala, presenting him with the 2015 IAVA Veteran Leadership Award.
“IAVA is extremely excited to honor Scott Wine and Daniel Rodriguez for their incredible contributions to the veterans community,” said IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff. “Each fall we look forward to the Heroes Gala, where we celebrate our new greatest generation of veterans and those who have shown the utmost support for them. Scott Wine is a dynamic business leader who has also dedicated himself to working to propel the work of IAVA and supporting and empowering our nation’s veterans.”
Past IAVA Civilian Leadership Award recipients include: Arnold Fisher, Senior Partner of Fisher Brothers; David Gelbaum, CEO of Entech Solar & founder of the Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund (IADIF); Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks; Peter G. Peterson, co-founder of the Blackstone Group & founder of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation; Joan Ganz Cooney, co-founder & visionary of Sesame Workshop; and Jon Stewart, former host of “The Daily Show.”
Stephen Colbert, host of “The Late Show” and a past recipient of the IAVA Civilian Leadership Award, attended and spoke at the 2015 gala.
The IAVA Heroes Gala was held one day after Veterans Day, when IAVA members rode a fleet of Victory Motorcycles to lead the proud IAVA contingent down New York City’s Fifth Avenue in “America’s Parade,” the nation’s largest Veterans Day parade. Victory donated a green Gunner motorcycle for the auction portion of the Heroes Gala, which fetched a winning bid of $32,000, all of which went to IAVA.
Victory Motorcycles is honoring military veterans with “The Road Home,” through which Victory contributes $500 to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) for every new Victory motorcycle sold in November and December 2015 up to a total of $250,000. Victory is also provided a fleet of motorcycles to lead the proud IAVA contingent in the nation’s largest Veterans Day parade, “America’s Parade” in New York City on Nov. 11.
Along with “The Road Home,” Victory proudly supports military personnel, military veterans, and first responders with “Hero’s Metal,” which provide these individuals with $1,000.00 off the price of any new Victory. Complete details are available at Victory dealerships and at www.VictoryMotorcycles.com.
About Victory Motorcycles
Victory Motorcycles designs, engineers, and manufactures motorcycles that deliver Modern American Muscle. Victory offers a full line of cruisers, baggers and touring models, and an all-electric sport bike – all of which deliver industry-leading performance and the Victory Edge in comfort, style, storage and reliability. The first Victory was produced on the Fourth of July, 1998, in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where Victory Motorcycles are still built today. Information about Victory motorcycles, apparel, and accessories is available at www.VictoryMotorcycles.com and at facebook.com/VictoryMotorcycles.
About Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Founded in 2004 by an Iraq veteran, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the first and largest organization for the more than 2.8 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. As the group’s website notes: “IAVA strives to build an empowered generation of veterans who provide sustainable leadership for our country and their local communities.” For details about IAVA programs and how you can support IAVA or get involved, visit www.iava.org.