JennaBears Foundation Charity Car Show 4/4/09

Jennabears car show logoNicole and Chris Eades from the Jennabears Foundation sent the nicest email asking if it would be OK to promote their Jennabear Car Show at YES!!

I heard of their show last year but didn’t get a chance to attend. I asked a few questions and here’s what I found out:

Who was Jenna and why a car show?

Jenna was my beautiful daughter whose life was taken by a reckless driver. She was only 6 month and 21 days old. She had beautiful blue eyes and personality that everyone parent dreams of. She was and always will be my bestfriend.

Jenna was always around mustangs. I had a ’89 fox body that I restored and really enjoyed. We also had a ’95 mustang gt for more than 8 years at the time that slowly went from stock to our family street-legal drag car. Jenna rode in it the last week of her life. Jenna was born on 9/11 and our new goal with this car is to run a 9/11. The car was dedicated to her memory and is our official foundation race car.

So needless to say, we were in the car scene for quite sometime. So when the idea of fundraising came up, we knew the perfect event to organize…a car show.

A Ford GT40 at The 2nd Annual JENNABEARS Car Show and Family DayA set of late model Ford Mustangs at the JENNABEARS Car Show and Family DayWhat happened last year? How many cars were there and how much money did you raise?

Our 1st annual was a huge success…bigger than I ever anticipated. It was so exciting to see the support. We had over 200 cars, all different types. And we raised more than $17,000!

This $17k funded projects such as the Extreme Room Makeover at the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald house temporarily gives a home away from home to families who have very sick children in the hospital. The money also helped us deliver more than 1000 Jennabear’s, toys, and books to children in hospitals. We also took care of every child in the Pediatrics Intensive Car Unit on Halloween with tons of Halloween goodies, adopted 3 families for Thanksgiving, and 4 families for Christmas. They received everything from the Christmas Tree to the Presents to the Christmas Dinner. We have alot of other projects we are still working on and the support from our car show makes it so possible. We are very grateful!

What are some of the highlights of this year’s show?

Gosh, it is simply amazing on what has turned out for this show.

  • The Top Dog Band… an awesome band of military guys stationed at Luke.
  • There’s an opportunity to win a Motor Head Grill, Nintendo Wii, Rock Band for Wii, Richard Petty Passes, and alot more cool raffle stuff.
  • Appearances by the Suns Gorilla and the Coyotes Howler.
  • Presentation of Colors from Peoria High School’s color gaurd.
  • More trophy classes.
  • More selection of foods for lunch!
  • Vendors
  • and of course… an even better Kids Fun Area!

I’m looking for more info from Nicole and Chris later this week and as the April 4th car show gets closer. There’s nothing better than doing something you really enjoy and helping people, especially kids, who need it at the same time!

Go to the Jennabears Foundation website for more info and this is the page for Event Info.