In advance of the August 22 NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, Michigan native and Checkered Flag Foundation Founder Brad Keselowski returned to his home state with wife, Paige, and their girls, Scarlett and Autumn, to visit the VA Fisher House Ann Arbor, a comfort home where military and veteran families can stay at no cost while loved ones are receiving treatment at the nearby VA Ann Arbor Medical Center.
In addition to touring the home and meeting some of the families that the Ann Arbor location is serving, Brad and Paige were presented with an official groundbreaking plaque to commemorate the Checkered Flag Foundation’s longstanding partnership with the Fisher House Foundation, as well as recognize their contributions to bringing this specific Michigan location to fruition.
The VA Fisher House Ann Arbor is the first Fisher House location in the state of Michigan, and since its grand opening in June 2020, the VA Ann Arbor Fisher House has already served more than 1,100 families with a consistent 90% occupancy rate.
Bringing this Fisher House location to life was a project personal to Brad, as the VA Hospital this Fisher House serves is one his family had been treated at previously.
The Checkered Flag Foundation began fundraising efforts for the project in 2017. Those efforts included hosting events at the Huntsman Hunt Club in Dryden, Michigan where guests took part in activities like clay shooting, archery, service dog demonstrations and off-road driving, with all contributions being directed towards the construction of the Ann Arbor Fisher House.