On a rainy evening in Indianapolis, a group of military supporters, business partners, and friends gathered to send Marine Corps veteran Danny Garcia off on his “Honor Walk 2020.” Corporate partner and sponsor Market Scan Information Systems and their affiliates banded together within a period of only a few weeks to pull off the impressive feat of organizing the charity walk in parallel with their partnership with Shaklee Corp., Mike Wallace, and JD Motorsports’ No. 0 Chevrolet to sponsor the event.
Earlier that day, NASCAR legend Mike Wallace drove the #0 Chevrolet in the inaugural Xfinity Series race at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Fortunately, the rain held off just long enough to complete the race, and Wallace promptly made his way over to the Honor Walk 2020 event with his two incredible kids in support of Danny Garcia’s walk for charity.
At the post-race media event, there was a buzz of excitement about sending Danny on his way, but also a sense of relief from everyone involved in putting the event together now that they could see their hard work pay off. From organizing the route and logistics, to securing the RV that will follow Danny (and his faithful wife Jackie) on the road, to donation websites – the entire process was a team effort led by Market Scan owner Rusty West’s team. Everyone in attendance was treated to great food and some go-kart racing at Speedway Indoor Karting just down the road from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Each speaker at the media event spoke about the importance of supporting our military veterans and first responders along with their appreciation for all of the sacrifices that those heroes and their families make. Danny Garcia and his wife choked back tears as they expressed the need for the country to band together more than ever.
Although the route is subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions around the country, the 75-year old Garcia’s four-month walk will go from Indianapolis to veterans and first responder sites in Beaumont, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, the eastern seaboard, and NY. Along the way, he will pay tribute to fallen Marine brothers and make presentations to first responders.
The Honor Walk will culminate with a benefit concert on October 29th at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville at the “Guitar Legends 4” concert, which is slated to honor Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top & Legends.
Garcia’s message for this year’s walk is simple: “Thank you, veterans, and first responders. We love you for all you and your families are doing for us.” Talking with him, one can’t help but be taken in by his enthusiasm, his positivity, and boundless energy, which would seem like you were speaking to someone decades younger.