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CrossCountry Mortgage and Fox 8 Announce Home for a Hero Military Winner

Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Rick Sullivan wins $10,000 to pay housing costs for a year

Homes for Hero winner, Rick Sullivan, holding his large check with Alicia Gauer and Fox 8 anchors

CLEVELAND, May 27, 2022 — As part of its National Military Appreciation Month observances, CrossCountry Mortgage (CCM) is pleased to name retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Rick Sullivan of Green, Ohio, as the winner of the Home for a Hero Sweepstakes.

As part of the joint sweepstakes between CCM and Fox 8, Rick won $10,000 to use toward his housing costs. Rick served in the Army for 26 years after starting his Military career at Kent State University. He retired in 2008.

Alicia Gauer, senior vice president of Corporate Communications for CCM, surprised Rick with the Home for a Hero announcement live on New Day Cleveland. “We’re so thankful for Rick’s service and honored to have this opportunity to give back. It’s because of the selfless service of individuals like Rick that the American dream of homeownership is possible, and for that we are so very grateful.”

“I’m so grateful for this opportunity. This is probably one of the best things that’s ever happened to me,” said Rick after learning about his prize. “I thought I was just here to talk about what I’ve done and my experience, and then the team sneaks up behind me with a big check. Huge surprise!”

Eight additional Northeast Ohio-based Active-Duty Military Members or Veterans are also runner-up winners in the Home for a Hero Sweepstakes. They were randomly selected to each receive $500.

  • U.S. Army Veteran Orlando Jones, Oberlin
  • U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Bobby Colleran, North Ridgeville
  • U.S. Army Veteran Brandon Klopfenstein, Wadsworth
  • The United States Army Airborne Veteran Jack Linx, Twinsburg
  • Retired United States Marine Corp Sgt. Shane Alan Moore, Malvern
  • Captain Matt Convery / Judge Advocate, United States Army, Kirtland
  • Retired Ohio Army National Guard Captain Douglas Davidson, Kirtland
  • U.S. Army Sergeant Rebecca Maslar, Concord

In addition to employing nearly 250 Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members, as well as offering VA loans and products as part of its lending portfolio, CCM also supports Military Members year-round through a variety of efforts. This includes donating tickets to professional sports games to enable members of the Military to enjoy a day with their loved ones, donations to local schools in honor of Service Members, sports ticket donations to Servicemen and women and supporting Military-minded events, including the Armed Forces Bowl.


CrossCountry Mortgage (CCM)is one of the nation’s largest retail mortgage lenders, with more than 8,000 employees operating more than 600 branches across all 50 states. Our company has been recognized eight times on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing private businesses and has received many awards for our standout culture. We offer more than 100 mortgage, refinance and home equity solutions – ranging from conventional and jumbo mortgages to government-insured programs for Veterans and rural homebuyers – and we are a direct lender and approved seller and servicer by Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and Ginnie Mae. Through our dedication to getting it done, we make every mortgage feel like a win. Visit

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