Highlighting a #WinnerOfTheWeek each #PhilanthropyFriday
The WEDU Be More Awards were created to pay tribute to the many unsung heroes in our community. Learn more about area nonprofit organizations and volunteers, and hear their inspiring stories. We’ll highlight one winner each week through August, so check back for the latest, or follow WEDU on your social media of choice. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, and LinkedIn.
Week of July 31
Raymond Gunder, Polk County Auto Angels
2015 WEDU Be More Positive, ABC Action News Award Winner
ABC Action News Article: The winner of the 2015 Be More award never saw it coming.
Ray Gunder could not have imagined his decision to help a disabled veteran would lead to any accolades, much less a prestigious award.
The story unfolded last summer when Gunder caught our report on David Bradford, a kidney dialysis patient who depended on his SUV to get to life saving treatment three days a week.
Bradford, who served in Vietnam, lost thousands to a mechanic who never fixed his truck and left him stranded.
Gunder’s charity, the Polk County Auto Angels, poured more than $4,000 worth of parts and labor into the Nissan and returned it to Bradford good as new.
The two men reunited [February 12, 2015] at the WEDU Be More awards where Gunder won the ABC Action News Be More Positive award. The award is given out each year to a person who through a single act of kindness makes a tremendous impact one someone else’s life.
Gunder’s Polk County Auto Angels will continue its mission of changing lives by providing reliable transportation but they could use some help. To check out the charity’s work and make a donation go to polkautoangels.com.
Articles on this story from ABC Action News:
- 6/26/14 – Customers lose money to auto repair shop’s questionsable repairs
- 8/14/14 – Strangers come to the rescue of an Army Veteran after getting ripped off by local mechanic
- 2/12/15 – Polk County auto charity founder wins award (shown above)
Watch Raymond Gunder receive his award at the 2015 WEDU Be More Awards: