GLOCK, Inc. to Donate $100,000 to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Company will reach $600,000 in donations over the past six years to support families of Special Forces

Smyrna, GA (May 9, 2011)GLOCK, Inc. will make a $100,000 donation to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) during the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) held in Tampa, FL, May 17-19.  GLOCK, Inc. Vice President Josh Dorsey will make the presentation to SOWF in the GLOCK exhibition booth (#404) on Wed., May 18, 2011 at 3:00pm.

During the past six years, GLOCK will have donated $600,000 to SOWF, a non-profit organization providing college scholarships to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel killed in combat or training.

“GLOCK is proud to contribute to organizations such as SOWF, which play such a vital role in providing aide to the families of America’s fallen heroes,” said GLOCK Vice President Josh Dorsey.  “GLOCK, Inc. has a long-standing tradition of supporting those that put themselves in harm’s way.”

Accepting the donation on behalf of SOWF will be Col. John T. Carney Jr., the founding father of Air Force Special Tactics and current President of SOWF; Edie Rosenthal, Executive Director of SOWF, and former recipient of the SOWF Scholarship, Melinda Petrignani.

“GLOCK’s continued support to SOWF over the past six years demonstrates their commitment to supporting the families of wounded and fallen special operations personnel,” said Col. John T. Carney Jr., SOWF President and CEO.  “With more than 500 children in our program who have yet to reach college age, this gift helps us assure those widows or widowers that the foundation will be around when that young girl or boy reaches college age.”

Melinda is one of more than 800 children of fallen special operations personnel to whom SOWF has provided aide. Her father, Army Ranger Private First Class Michael Ruddess, was killed in a training accident in 1986 when she was only eight months old.   Through the financial assistance from SOWF, Melinda graduated from DePaul University in 2008 with a degree in Business Administration.   In Sep. 2010, Melinda joined SOWF where she works with families and students as a Financial Aid Counselor.

GLOCK, Inc. donates more than $500,000 each year to causes that benefit those who put themselves in harm’s way to defend the freedom that Americans enjoy.

About GLOCK, Inc.

GLOCK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of pistols and accessories. GLOCK’s superior engineering has produced a pistol with only 34 parts and a rugged polymer-frame, providing industry-leading reliability shot after shot. GLOCK is renowned for its pistols which are safe, featuring three safeties; simple, offering a low number of components to provide reliability; and fast, with no encumbering parts to slow the speed to fire. This combination makes GLOCK pistols the first choice among consumers and law enforcement, with 65% of agencies nationwide choosing to carry GLOCK. Austrian-engineered, the company has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Austria. Based in Smyrna, Ga., GLOCK, Inc. is an advocate for our nation’s law enforcement and military personnel, as well as all citizens’ Second Amendment right to bear arms.  For more information, please visit

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