Concerned that their funding would be jeopardized, the KAFB backs out of the plate initiative, encouraging TFC to carry on with the endeavor. To do so, TFC must become a 501(c)3, raise $22,500, and obtain the signature of 900 Kentuckians. On March 17th 2015, TFC appears before the DMV's Specialty Plate Committee for final approval.
Sadly, TFC has a St. Patrick's Day without the "luck of the Irish". The DMV goes back on their policy of lump sum and rejects TFC's funds raised through crowd-sourcing, pushing TFC's efforts back to square one. Rather than publicly fight the DMV's hypocrisy and cause a groundswell of negative energy, Chad moves forward without "letting his ego get in the way of his vision” and gives all of the funds raised directly to the KAFB.