Contributed by Ashleigh Caswell, Hibiscus Court Assisted Living, Melbourne
Fortunate! That's what we are! Brevard residents are fortunate. We are all fortunate to live on the Space Coast, fortunate to have such great weather, fortunate to have so many interesting things in our backyard and fortunate that we are a community that supports each other. With a picture perfect location, and the rich history of the space coast, we are fortunate to have a unique and wonderfully diverse senior population, the likes of which are no where else to be found. In my five years in Brevard, through my work with Hibiscus Court Assisted Living, I have been fortunate to have met many centenarians, WWII veterans, retired CIA, FBI, NASA space race engineers, women who broke barriers and forged new paths, former teachers, nurses, and caregivers who have all benefited from the senior resources and educational opportunities here in Brevard. We are fortunate that we have a wealth of resources for our seniors including organizations like Helping Seniors of Brevard and that they have generous benefactors like AJ Hiers, of Boniface-Hiers Family of Dealerships, and Joe Steckler, of Helping Seniors of Brevard. Together, they have been a force for good in our area.
Year after year, AJ has supported organizations in Brevard that help others. He was fundamental in helping Joe Steckler get the Joe's Clubs going for the Brevard Alzheimer’s Association. For years, AJ provided transportation on a daily basis to individuals with Alzheimer's to and from the Adult Day Care centers. He has been known to generously support individuals in times of need without asking for anything in return. Nearly 25 years ago, AJ Hiers decided that he wanted to get involved in giving back to the community and, being that AJ had been in the car business for so many years, he decided that a car raffle was a great way to help worthy organizations raise money and the Grand Prize would appeal to just about anybody!
Already this year, AJ Hiers supplied a 2016 Hellcat and donating the proceeds to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Charity. After being brought to his attention due to the tragic death of Deputy Barbara Pill, AJ felt this charity is a worthy cause that needs the support of the entire community. Sheriff Wayne Ivey presented the keys to this car to Craig Kara of Merritt Island. Now, this year also, AJ has taken his care for seniors to a new level – he just generously donated a sleek, black, full-restored 1951 Ford Victoria, from his own personal collection, to Helping Seniors because he wanted to help Joe Steckler in his work and he knows that there are seniors here in Brevard that need support.
This amazing Classic Car is NOT just a car. This is an American icon on wheels. This is something you need to see in person. The proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will help sustain Helping Seniors of Brevard and their mission to improve the quality of life for seniors through information, education and resources. You can do your part and make a donation for your raffle ticket(s). Show your appreciation to AJ for selflessly donating this timeless American classic by supporting the cause and making his donation worthwhile.
The 1951 Ford Victoria will be making appearances around town until the February 10 2018 raffle drawing at the American Muscle Car Museum. You can find the “Win-the-Classic” appearance schedule – and get your Car Raffle tickets – online at HelpingSeniorsofBrevard.org/classic. Raffle tickets are $25 for one or $100 donation for 5 tickets at HelpingSeniorsofBrevard.org.by calling 321-473-7770, or by mailing to Helping Seniors – P.O. Box P.O. Box 372936 – Satellite Beach FL 32937. We are fortunate that AJ has given us a great incentive to contribute to and support our community of seniors through Helping Seniors of Brevard. Thank AJ if you see him – or, better yet, buy a few raffle tickets and help fund the vision of Helping Seniors.