SEMA Cares

Help Children in Need—Sponsor a Car at the 2014 Pinewood Drag Races

Pinewood drag races are as American as apple pie and hot rodding, where the thrill of the build is matched only by the adrenaline rush of the race. SEMA Cares has announced the 2014 Pinewood Drag Races, and it looks to be bigger and better than ever! Each year hundreds of SEMA-member companies step up to generously sponsor pinewood drag cars, with proceeds going to help children in need.

Involving The Next Generation

Chris Kersting, SEMA President and CEO Organizations such as SEMA put a good deal of attention on long-range, strategic planning. One truly long-range initiative at SEMA is about engaging with the younger members—and future members—of our industry. The next generation really is the future of the industry. But let’s face it: If the association doesn’t pay close attention and evolve, it’s like asking the next generation to drive their father’s Oldsmobile—and folks in our industry know exactly how that doesn’t always work out!

Among SEMA’s most prominent youth programs are the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Young Executive Network (YEN) and the “35 Under 35” recognition program—all examples of well-received association programs.

Kids Helping Kids

A $50 Raffle Ticket Could Win You an $80,000 Custom F-150 Charity Truck Built by Students

Instead of being auctioned like previous WD-40/SEMA Cares vehicles, the WD-40/SEMA Cares Foose Ford F-150 off-road truck that was revealed at the 2013 SEMA Show is now available through a raffle at $50 per ticket.

“We thought we’d try something different this year,” said Mike Spagnola, SEMA vice president of OEM and product development programs. “This year’s raffle truck will get a lot of promotion because it will be publicized in the Source Interlink Media [a build partner] magazines and bring more attention to SEMA Cares and its charities.”

SEMA Cares Launches Bike Drive for Children in Need

Funds raised through the SEMA Cares Bike Drive will go toward the purchase of bicycles for each of the children at the Childhelp Merv Griffin Village.SEMA Cares has teamed up with Childhelp to purchase bicycles for the children of Merv Griffin Village. Childhelp is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Childhelp exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children.

Funds raised through the SEMA Cares Bike Drive will go toward the purchase of bicycles for each of the children at the Childhelp Merv Griffin Village.

Foose-Inspired WD-40/SEMA Cares Ford F-150 Up for Raffle

The Chip Foose-inspired Ford F-150 is available for raffle, with proceeds benefiting SEMA Cares charities.The WD-40/SEMA Cares Foose Ford F-150, a collaboration between SEMA manufacturing members, the SEMA Garage—Industry Innovations Center and students from the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts (AXC), is available for auction. Raffle tickets are $50.

The Foose-inspired truck is the first vehicle to be built inside the new SEMA Garage—a facility where SEMA members can test and prototype parts, try its 3D modeling and printing and use its full-scale photo studio.

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