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And we’re off!! See you soon, Florida 💁 ...

First day of the tour and we’re heading to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport 💁 see you there!! ...

Hi everyone from New Smyrna Beach!! Tour starts tomorrow 💁 ...

One of the most fantastic gentlemen and great friend Mr. Irwin Stovroff passed away. Irwin was a part of the Foundation for countless years. A true advocate for our Veterans, preserving WWII history and touched everyone he met.

STOVROFF, IRWIN J
Boca Raton, Florida
8-10- 1922- 1-16- 18

Irwin was born in Buffalo, NY and lived in Youngstown, OH and Greensboro, NC. He was a Jewish Prisoner of War in Germany during WWII. Wherever he went, he went with all his heart. Irwin’s philosophy in life was that people matter, not things and he put that frame of thought to work helping other veterans at the West Palm Beach Veteran’s Hospital and Co-Founding Vets Helping Heroes, which raises funds for veterans in need of Service Dogs.

Survived by Suzy, [Michael] Strella, and companion of many years, Doris Tamarkin.

Son of Max and Bertha Stovroff, [deceased], married to Sterra Penner Stovroff, [deceased], father of Jill Feldman [deceased], brother to Mort [deceased] and [Joan], Stovroff.

An extraordinary life:
2nd Lieutenant Irwin Stovroff, 506 Squadron, 44 th Bomb Group, POW Stalag Luft 1, Purple Heart recipient

Graduated from University of Illinois

Worked for family retail furniture business in Youngstown, Ohio and then Thomasville Furniture International until retirement at age 75.

Volunteered as National Service Officer for Ex-POW’s at Palm Beach VA Hospital

9/2000 Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross presented by Senator John McCain

1/2002 President’s Call to Service Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, from George Bush

3/21/2008 by order of President Sarkozy of the French Republic he was presented the Legion of Honor medal.

10/2009 Congressional Record, Wounded Warriors K-9 Corps Act [Instrumental in legally allowing Service Dogs for veterans with physical and mental disabilities.] With Honorable Ron Klein, Senator Al Franken and Congressman Ed Whitfield.

President Obama signed into law the Defense Authorization Act of 2010, supporting Wounded Warrior K-9 Corps Act inspired by Irwin Stovroff

3/18/2013 Congressional Record honored his work that provided Veterans with Service Dogs.

4/22/13 Proclamation By Mayor Steve Abrams & Congressman Ted Deutch, Irwin Stovroff Day Boca Raton

4/30/15 FAU Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters

Honored at Avenue of 444 Flags, Hermitage, PA, [where 444 days Americans were held hostage in Iran]

Featured in documentaries, “A Gift of Life”, “Shot Up and Shot Down” & “Bagels Over Berlin”

Featured in Gerald Astor’s book, “The Mighty Eighth”

Featured in Tracy Libby’s book, “Reporting for Duty”

Irwin’s biography, L.A. Weiser’s book, “An Extraordinary Life… Gone to the Dogs”

Irwin has been a part of the Wings of Freedom Tour since the start.
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small flyer for the Tour in Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton. Send it on out! ...

Thank you for your assistance in promoting the Wings of Freedom Nationwide Tour: A living history display of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, and North American B-25 Mitchell… America’s backbone bomber aircraft of World War II.

Sixty years after their use over the skies of enemy territory, they embark on a new mission over the skies of America to honor our veterans of World War II, promote education of our future generations about the role of the aircraft and the flight crews of World War II, and to preserve these treasures of American aviation history where they belong: the sky.

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PRESS CONTACT

If you have any questions, please contact Collings Foundation Director of Marketing, Hunter Chaney at 978-562-9182 (MA) or email:hchaney@collingsfoundation.org

Please also feel free to refer to the Collings Foundation Website at:

http://www.collingsfoundation.org


LOCAL PRESS RELEASES

  • Please contact Director of Marketing, Hunter Chaney via email for press releases that are specific to a particular stop.
  • hchaney@collingsfoundation.org

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

  • Background sheet for the Collings Foundation
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  • Background Sheet for the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
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  • Background Sheet for the Consolidated B-24 Liberator
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  • Background Sheet for the North American B-25 Mitchell
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  • Background Sheet for the North American P-51 Mustang
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Click on picture for the Collings Foundation’s 2017-2018 magazine

Contact Information

The Collings Foundation
P.O. Box 248
Stow, MA 01775
Phone: 978-562-9182
Fax: 978-568-8231
email: info@collingsfoundation.org
website: http://www.collingsfoundation.org

IMAGE FILES

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B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress and P-51 Mustang in formation.

B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress and P-51 Mustang in formation.

Video:
30sec Wings of Freedom

Releases:
Hyannis Press Release

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