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A Surprise Home Announcement at Chase Field in Arizona!


Building Homes for Heroes and Chase, in conjunction with the Arizona Diamondbacks, surprised Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jared Kauffroath, his wife Amanda, and their 15-month-old son on Wednesday, May 18 with the announcement that they will be receiving a mortgage-free home in Arizona.

The surprise announcement took place on the field prior to the game. The public address announcer introduced the family to the large crowd at Chase Field, garnering a loud applause. The cheering grew even louder when the P.A. announcer then revealed to the family that they will be the recipients of a mortgage-free home, an announcement that brought Jared and his wife to tears.

"My heart was just pounding," said Amanda, following the announcement. "I couldn't believe it. I just started crying. It's so amazing. We're so thankful for that."

Marine Corps Lance Corporal Kauffroath was injured in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, when he suffered severe shrapnel wounds in an enemy mortar attack. He is the recipient of the Purple Heart.

David Weingrad and Chad Gottlieb represented Building Homes for Heroes for the surprise announcement. Representing Chase were Stuart Rodie, Executive Director, Commercial Bank; Maura Cordova, Vice President, Media & Community Engagement; Joanne Spina, Recruiting Officer; and J.P. Paperman, Vice President, Consumer & Community Banking.

Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler met the Kauffroaths on the field and presented them with a cardboard Chase key signed by players on the team.

Pictured below are David Weingrad, at far left, the Kauffroath family and Chad Gottlieb shortly after the announcement was made.