Benefiting children with developmental disabilities
Car Crazy Promotions' Annual fund raising Car Show and BBQ began back in 1996 when an interesting article appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle about a small nonprofit group called FCLO (Families Creating Living Options). The article highlighted a PG&E employee, Vern Whitman, and outlined the efforts that he and his family put forth to establish and run a home for children with severe multiple disabilities. Since Vern and I grew up in the same neighborhood in San Francisco and have shared a long standing friendship and interest in collector cars, Car Crazy Promotions was formed to provide financial support for the FCLO Project. We decided to embark on a fund raising campaign that included a car show and bar-b-que, which proved to be a successful formula for meeting the financial needs of that organization.
Three years ago, FCLO became a 'for-profit' operation; and so, we have been fortunate to focus our attention and efforts on two other 'nonprofit' organizations: Special Olympics of San Mateo County and the California School for the Blind. Since our annual Car Show and BBQ has outgrown its original location at the San Mateo Elks Lodge we have had to relocate to the parking lot of Seagate Properties at 1900/2000 Alameda De Las Pulgas. Car enthusiasts enjoy a day filled with fine autos, 50's and 60's music, great food and countless sponsored awards. Raffle prizes and refreshment sales provide an additional means of fund raising during the event.
With each passing year, Car Crazy Promotions has continually 'raised the bar' from the previous year's fund raising efforts. In 2002, we were able to generate funds in excess of $21,000, which fully funded the winter program for the San Mateo County Special Olympics. The California School for the Blind used their share of the proceeds to improve their educational facility by purchasing a wide-range of supplies, as well as, enhancing their school carnival with a petting zoo and pony rides. With each annual show, we look forward to increasing our fund raising efforts. In 2005 we have also included the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.
Our annual event is still held in the same locations but is now owned by Hines. In 2006 we have expanded our gift of giving to also include the Police Activities league (PAL) of San Mateo.
We would also like to say "Thank You" to all our Sponsors and Participants who make this possible, For without their continued support and generosity we would not be able help the Children who need it the most.
It is our desire to become their single highest contributor for a one-day fund raising event!
Our goal this year is raise over $30,000!!
Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Car Crazy Promotions
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