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Suzuki’s Military Appreciation Auction Winner Announced

California LaBe (March 2, 2017) – To celebrate the military appreciation of the day on January 14 at the Park of Peco Park in San Diego, Suzuki Motor Company USA donated a brand new 2017 Suzuki RM-Z250 auction in the fourth year of military appreciation game. The proceeds of the auction are directly injected into the nonprofit USO help fund project, service and life entertainment provided to US soldiers and their families.

Supercross fans at the race and from across the world could bid on several items such as race-worn gear and the premier prize RM-Z250 during the annual fund raiser. Even in the presence of several collectables, the brand new Suzuki became one of the more sought-after prizes!

On February 28th Suzuki Motor of America presented winning bidder Derek Swaidner of Fort Wayne, Indiana a brand new 2017 RM-Z250 at R & D Powersports in Columbia City, Indiana. Derek, a senior at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) in aviation technology, has been an avid amateur racer for two decades. He was ecstatic to see his new bike and plans to race the RM-Z250 at events in the Southeast.

Derek comes from a military family, with both grandfathers having served in the Navy and the Marines, a sister and an uncle in the Air Force and cousins currently serving in the Army and Marines. His appreciation for the military are deep like his roots in motocross.

“It just came to me as a great opportunity to help the USO and all they do for military members and their families, as well as a good chance to get a great deal on the new RM-Z I wanted,” Derek said. “I’m so happy to have won it and can’t wait to go racing and win some contingency money,” he continued smiling.

Suzuki Motor of America is proud to support our nation’s military, their families, and those special people, like Derek, who support them as well.