SEMA’s Philanthropic Efforts

SEMA News—September 2018


By John Santos

SEMA’s Philanthropic Efforts

In addition to hosting the world’s leading automotive aftermarket trade show, SEMA continually works on initiatives that help support and grow the industry. Some of those initiatives include school programs that foster youth interest in the automotive industry, funding for special industry projects, and programs that support SEMA Cares—a group that brings the voice and resources of the SEMA community together to make a positive difference for those in need. The publications below reported on some of SEMA’s recent philanthropic efforts.

Ford Authority

Ford AuthorityThe SEMA Garage built a ’17 Ford F-250 for SEMA Cares that was sold at the annual Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The truck sold for $115,000, all of which benefited Childhelp, a non-profit charity organization that works to support victims of child abuse.

The Journal

The JournalSEMA awarded a grant to the Petersen Museum to have the Petersen Publishing Co. archives digitized and uploaded to the internet. The project will allow for the preservation of the company’s history, which will be accessible by anyone for research purposes.

Motor Authority

Motor AuthoritySEMA donated a Jeep Wrangler to ECO Auto Tech students in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to custom build the vehicle using parts donated by more than 20 companies. All proceeds from the sale of the Jeep will be used to sustain the student program the following year. SEMA and participating sponsors hope to initiate this program for other schools.

Heard in Social Media

“This ’17 Ford F-250 pickup was built at the @semashow Garage. Sold for $115,000 with 100% of the hammer price going to @Childhelp through the SEMA Cares Foundation.”—Barrett-Jackson, via Twitter

“SEMA Cares 17 For F-250 Super Duty Fetches $115,000 for Childhelp at Barrett-Jackson.”—The Greensheet,
via Twitter

“We partnered with SEMA for this charity Jeep build with Santa Fe High School.” —Hellwig Products, via Facebook

“Continuing WD-40 Company’s eight-year partnership with SEMA, the WD-40/SEMA Cares Boosted Bronco will make its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show in the WD-40 Brand booth and will be auctioned off in 2018 to benefit SEMA Cares.”—National Oil & Lube News, via Facebook


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