Founder of First Women's Auxiliary in the World Joins ExtenZe Racing as Local Hero and Honorary Crew Chief for NASCAR Event at The Monster Mile ExtenZe Local Hero Program Celebrates Those Who Go to Great Lengths to Make a Difference in Their ...
Founder of First Women's Auxiliary in the World Joins ExtenZe Racing as Local Hero and Honorary Crew Chief for NASCAR Event at The Monster Mile
ExtenZe Local Hero Program Celebrates Those Who Go to Great Lengths to Make a Difference in Their Communities
Jeanne Perrault's goal is to maintain the legacy she created to fight for the rights and conditions of our men and women serving oversees while they fight for ours
STATESVILLE, NC (May 11, 2010) - Jeanne Perrault is 68 years old but you would never tell talking to her. Her passion for what is right and true burns as strong today as it almost did 50 years ago. Since 1961, she has been fighting for the rights and conditions of Sergeants in the Air Force here and abroad. In 1970 she created the world's first Auxiliary and found that a woman's touch was greatly needed in ensuring that our troops were being treated fairly with regards to Health Benefits, Pay rates and overall operating conditions by those passing laws in Congress. The Air Force Sergeants Association Auxiliary (AFSA) was once a 200 woman force which has now dwindled to four and in jeopardy of closing its doors for good. For her decades long fight and selfless acts giving back to her community, Perrault has been named an 'ExtenZe Local Hero' and will serve as Honorary Crew Chief for the leading NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year driver Kevin Conway and his ExtenZe Racing team at the upcoming Dover International Raceway NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend.
"What we need now are new members" says Perrault with grit and determination but also a hint of sadness buried somewhere deep inside. "There are only four of us left and 3 of us are widows. We are having trouble even clipping out the coupons we send to the Sergeants oversees to use in the commissaries around the world. The sad part about it is that it requires such a small commitment to make a tremendous difference in the lives of those fighting on our behalf. My motto has always been, if everybody gives a little then no one has to give a lot," she says.
In addition to the $1,000 prize for being selected the ExtenZe Racing Local Hero, ExtenZe Racing Driver Kevin Conway is going to lead a membership drive where local women with a burning desire to make a difference can sign up and learn more about how they can be a part of Jeanne Perrault's legacy. "The biggest needs are women who would be able to help organize collections and events benefiting not only the AFSA but also a Women's Home, Airman and Family Readiness, Air Force Enlisted Widow Home, Friends Helping Friends, Adopt a Senior, the USO, Veteran's homeless shelters, and the Salvation Army just to name a few. Heck even a little help clipping those coupons would go along way" she says with a chuckle.
"Hearing her story really hit home with me," says Conway. "My dad served in the Air Force and come to find out she was fighting for him and my family and I didn't even know it. Well now everyone reading this knows and I feel confident when women come to the ExtenZe Merchandise hauler on Sunday, May 16th and find out just how easy it really is to help out it Jeanne will find herself signing up individuals willing to help too. That will be my way I can help pay her back in some way on behalf of my dad and my family."
AFSA & Aux are having a Division II Convention on Memorial Day weekend at the Sheraton Hotel in Dover. Four States come together to discuss and vote on upcoming Legislation for the coming year. The four States in Division II are Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and D.C. There is also a contest for First Term Airmen and Sergeant in all Chapters in Divisions II. The winners will be announced at the Honors Banquet in Sunday evening.
The 'ExtenZe Local Hero' program pays tribute to people who have gone to great lengths to make a difference. Those selected have faced danger, sacrificed their own safety for others or in some way displayed leadership that changed their community for the better. Award recipients become ExtenZe Racing Honorary Crew Chiefs, receive a tour of the paddock, attend the pre-race NASCAR Driver/Crew Chief meeting, and sit atop the pit box with Crew Chief Peter Sospenzo to root on rookie driver Kevin Conway piloting the royal blue and red No. 37 ExtenZe Ford Fusion. Each recipient also receives a $1,000 award from ExtenZe, the world's best selling male enhancement product, in recognition of their selflessness.