Edelbrock and The Center for Learning Unlimited
Raise $150,000 for Children with Special Needs
TORRANCE, CA - The weekend of April 25-26, 2009 was a special one for some very special children, as the 4th annual Rev'ved Up 4 Kidz charity auction and car show raised money for The Center for Learning Unlimited.
Through the help of many volunteers and the generosity of many individuals, local businesses and national corporations, Edelbrock hosted a gala and charity auction on Saturday, April 25. The evening opened with a silent auction in Vic Edelbrock's Garage filled with collectible classic cars. Car and Driver Radio host, Alan Taylor, was the master of ceremonies and utilized his talent with the microphone to auction off world class vacations, fine wines, Lakers and Dodgers tickets, PGA VIP passes donated by Tiger Woods, a ride on the Goodyear Blimp and VIP passes to Live with Regis and Kelly.
The festivities and fundraising continued Sunday, April 26 at the Rev'ved Up 4 Kidz car show. This 4th installment took place at the Edelbrock Corporation in Torrance, California. Sunday's affair attracted 375 show car entries and more than 5,000 attendees. Local band, "The Sprockets" entertained the crowd with a variety of classic rock-n-roll hits, while vendors provided a sampling of some great food and drinks. "This weekend is a testament to the dedication of our community, partners, employees and friends donating their time and dollars to such a wonderful cause. I am so proud of how the event continues to grow. My commitment to these causes is something that I am very passionate about", stated event organizer and supporter, Christi Edelbrock.
The weekend's total effort raised $150,000 in proceeds for The Center for Learning Unlimited. CLU Director, Ginny Erxleben commented, "Our staff and the parents are so involved and so pleased with the support shown by so many. Our highly specialized school is moving to a new campus to accommodate the needs of children who endure the challenges of autism. We thank the community for their support, especially during these difficult times."
The show also hosted the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge; an educational program aimed for auto technology high school students that pits teams against other schools in a head-to-head engine build competition. Loara High School of Anaheim, CA won the challenge with a cumulative fastest time of 82 minutes, 20 seconds, earning them a spot to compete in the final at the 2009 SEMA show in Las Vegas Nevada, November 3-6. "Throughout the day the kids commented on what a great competition they were in... the exposure automotive industry had never been explored. Our students are now realizing what they can do to pursue a career in the automotive aftermarket industry", stated Loara High Instructor, Russell Bacarella. "This has been a very positive experience and the ultimate lesson in teamwork."
Planning is already underway for the 5th annual event to be held April 24-25, 2010. For more information on VIP Gala tickets and the Rev'ved Up 4 Kidz car show, visit http://www.revvedup4kidz.com (or) www.edelbrock.com.
Founded in 1938, Torrance-based Edelbrock, LLC is recognized as one of the nation's premier designers, manufacturers and distributors of performance replacement parts for the automotive and motorcycle after markets. For more information please visit us at www.edelbrock.com