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Jeep Sponsors 2004 Army-Navy game

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Philadelphia, Nov 22, 2004 - Chrysler Group’s Jeep® brand, returning for the third time as the exclusive automotive sponsor of the Army-Navy game, along with UPS, the Philadelphia Sports Congress and the Philadelphia-area Jeep dealers, have joined forces with OPERATION GRATITUDE to collect and deliver care packages for United States troops deployed overseas.

During the Army-Navy game on Saturday, Dec. 4, a donation drop-off point will be located in the Jeep exhibit at the 11th Street entrance to Lincoln Financial Field. Donations will be collected for the duration of the game, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m. UPS volunteers will pack the donations immediately following the contest.

In addition, now through Jan. 3, 2005, the 58 Jeep dealerships in Greater Philadelphia will accept OPERATION GRATITUDE donations. Individuals wishing to show their support for U.S. troops are encouraged to donate items, such as phone cards, games, new DVDs and CDs, packaged food, reading materials and letters of support.

"As Americans, we enjoy the freedom and security U.S. troops provide us every day," said Jeff Bell, Vice President Chrysler and Jeep. "We are happy to have an opportunity to give something back to those who have given us back so much."

OPERATION GRATITUDE, a non-profit organization founded in March 2003 by Carolyn Blashek to support U.S. Troops serving in some of the world’s harshest locations, is funded entirely by private donations and staffed exclusively by volunteers.

"UPS is one of the nation’s largest employers of reservists, many of whom are currently serving on active duty, which makes joining Jeep in support of OPERATION GRATITUDE especially rewarding," said Grady Hopper, UPS Vice President of Business Development.

"The men and women of our armed forces deserve to know we appreciate their sacrifices," said Carolyn Blashek, Founder OPERATION GRATITUDE. "The support we are getting from Jeep, UPS and others is incredible. It will not only touch the lives of tens of thousands of soldiers this holiday season, but will also help raise awareness for OPERATION GRATITUDE so we will be able to continue our efforts throughout the year."

As the exclusive automotive sponsor of the Army-Navy game, the Jeep brand will use broadcast opportunities surrounding the game to help promote OPERATION GRATITUDE. Additionally, the Philadelphia Jeep Dealers will encourage donations in newspaper and broadcast advertisements.

The game will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network, the Westwood One Radio Network, the Army Radio Network and locally on WDAS 1460 radio and CBS 3 KYW-TV.

"The Philadelphia Jeep dealers are proud to support our men and women in uniform," said Sam DeAngelis, President of the Philadelphia Jeep Dealer Association. "We are privileged to be part of the Army-Navy game and to sponsor OPERATION GRATITUDE."

This partnership is but one element of the Jeep brand's support of the U.S. armed forces. Other elements include the Jeep Military Incentive program, sponsorship of U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy athletic programs, as well as other military-based events throughout the year.

The Jeep brand is the only "official vehicle" ever chosen in the 105-year history of the Army-Navy game. Jeep will also be the Presenting Sponsor of this year's Army-Navy Gala the evening before the game.

Suggested donations
New DVDs, CDs and players
Disposable cameras
AT&T prepaid phone cards
Handheld electronic games
Puzzle, word-game and crossword books
Battery-operated fans, Misty Mates or other cooling products
Commercially wrapped individual packets of trail mix, beef jerky, nuts, cookies, energy bars, sunflower seeds, candy
Ready-to-eat tuna or chicken salad kits
Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies
Packets of powdered beverages
Commercially sealed lip balm
Individual packets of moist towelettes
Packets of stationary
Novelty items
New knit hats and gloves
New silk-screened T-shirts (sizes large and extra large)
Travel-size containers of foot powder
Unsealed personal thank you cards and letters of support

OPERATION GRATITUDE drop-off points:

* The 58 Philadelphia-area Jeep dealers (through Jan. 3, 2005)
* Penns Landing: Columbus Blvd at Chestnut Street, noon to 4 p.m., December 4-5
* The Philadelphia Eagles game Sunday, Dec. 5, 4 p.m. kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field.

About Jeep
Freedom, adventure, mastery, authenticity and the capability to go anywhere and do anything are the hallmarks of the Jeep brand worldwide. Created during World War II to help the men and women serving our country, the Jeep brand has earned its reputation during more than six decades of SUV leadership. The Jeep brand offers a special $500 "Military Incentive" as a way of saying thank you to those who protect and serve the United States of America.

About OPERATION GRATITUDESM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer organization that sends care packages addressed to individually named U.S. troops deployed in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Korea and onto military ships all over the world. Its mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member's face and to express to all troops the appreciation and support of the American people. For safety and security, the assembling of packages occurs at the California Army National Guard, 746th QM BN Armory in Van Nuys, Calif.

About the Philadelphia Sports Congress
The Philadelphia Sports Congress (PSC), a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, seeks to attract major sporting events and conventions to the Philadelphia area. The PSC produces the Army-Navy game for the City of Philadelphia in conjunction with the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy. Following a national bid process to host the Army-Navy game, Philadelphia will host the 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009 games, in addition to this year's game. Philadelphia is the Land of the Free, Home of the Game. Visit
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