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AUCTION AT NHRA U.S. NATIONALS TO BENEFIT IU SIMON CANCER CENTER PDF Print E-mail
Fans attending the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway this weekend can participate in a live and silent auction of drag racing collectibles and unique items that will raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

The auction hosted by the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation "A Spark of Hope" (APCF) will be held in two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon's pit and hospitality area following the last pro qualifying session on Sunday, August 31. All fans are welcome to attend and bid on their favorite items including team apparel, helmets, car parts and more. Anticipated start time is approximately 5 p.m.
 
NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Steve Johnson will bring his big personality as celebrity auctioneer for the live auction. 2012 "Hoosier Rock Idol" Matthew Hurt will perform for fans.

One hundred percent of the auction's proceeds will go to the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis for pediatric cancer research. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children after accidents. More than 10,000 kids under age 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States this year.
 
 APCF has been raising awareness and funds for cancer research, among other causes, since founded by Andrea Pedregon in 2010. With a donation of $50,000 in 2013 for colon and prostate cancer research efforts, Pedregon's non-profit organization has raised more than $140,000 to benefit melanoma, children's cancer, and colon and prostate cancer research at IU Simon Cancer Center.
 
The fundraiser at last year's U.S. Nationals netted $26,000. APCF will gratefully accept unique items and donations for the auction through August 30. Contact Andrea Pedregon or call 317-858-9300. 
 
Tony to race Pink in Atlanta PDF Print E-mail

APCF Release Atl 2014

Indianapolis, IN (May 14, 2014) – Two Time Funny Car Champ Tony Pedregon unveils a new hot pink, sparkling cross design at the NHRA Southern Nationals to promote the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation “Spark Of Hope”.

As our team continues to make progress with our performance, the timing is perfect to once again race for a cause and help support the efforts of my wife’s charity that has generated much needed funding to cancer research that ultimately saves lives,” said Tony Pedregon.

The Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation was established in 2010 and is best known for its projects and live auctions. 100% of the funds raised go to children’s causes and cancer research as well as Melanoma, Prostate & Colon Cancer research. To date, Andrea’s Charity has donated close to $200,000.00

I feel we have a great opportunity to reach our fan base here in sunny Atlanta and support National Skin Cancer Awareness month” stated Andrea Pedregon. “We are encouraging ALL cancer survivors – and friends/family who have lost someone special to join us before the track walk begins on Sunday and sign the hood of Tony’s funny car. Our car will then honor those who have fought and remember those who have passed”, added Andrea.

For more information about the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation (a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization) please visit: www.apcf.tonypedregon.com.

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APCF Donates $50,000 to IU Simon Cancer Center Research PDF Print E-mail
9The Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation "A Spark of Hope" (APCF) wrapped up a year of fundraising efforts with the presentation of a $50,000 donation to the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.
  
APCF has worked throughout 2013 to increase awareness for colon and prostate cancer and raise funds to support IU Simon Cancer Center's research efforts in those areas. Founder Andrea Pedregon made the check presentation today to Patrick Loehrer, M.D., director of the IU Simon Cancer Center. Cancer center physician scientists Bert O'Neil, M.D. and Noah Hahn, M.D. - who are experts in clinical trials and colon and prostate cancers - were on hand for the ceremony.
  
With today's check presentation, APCF has raised a total of $140,000 to benefit melanoma, children's cancer, and colon and prostate cancer research at IU Simon Cancer Center over the past three years.
  
Pedregon said, "We are so fortunate to have such generous supporters who helped our fundraising efforts reach this milestone. It means so much to be able to make an impact on the exciting research initiatives at the IU Simon Cancer Center right here in Indianapolis."
  
Pedregon, wife of 2-time National Hot Rod Association champion Tony Pedregon, designed and produced a collectible 2012 National Hot Rod Association Yearbook that raised more than $20,000 for the effort. Among other fundraisers this year was a live auction for fans and supporters at the US Nationals drag race at Lucas Oil Raceway over Labor Day weekend that netted $26,000.
 
AUCTION TO BENEFIT IU SIMON CANCER CENTER RESEARCH RAISES $26,000 PDF Print E-mail

Fans and racers at Lucas Oil Raceway this past weekend helped the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation "A Spark of Hope" (APCF) raise funds that will benefit the IU Simon Cancer Center's colon and prostate cancer research efforts.

A live auction Sunday evening netted $26,000 for the cause. Bidders won items from team apparel and autographed helmets to car parts and more. Unique items included a custom-built Harley-Davidson powered motorcycle and a once-in-a-lifetime NASCAR Cup racing package. All of the auction items were generously donated by APCF supporters.

One hundred percent of the auction's proceeds will go to the IU Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis for colon and prostate cancer research. APCF has been raising awareness and funds for the cause all year, with more than $20,000 raised earlier through sales of the 2012 NHRA Yearbook. The foundation will present the donation to the Cancer Center at the end of year.

Founder Andrea Pedregon said, "We are so fortunate to have such generous supporters. I can't thank our donors, volunteers, and of course our bidders enough! This is a great boost for our colon and prostate cancer research fundraising.

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Annual Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation project transforms to yearbook PDF Print E-mail

With the continued support of the NHRA as a whole, Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation has produced calendars for the past two seasons highlighting several drivers and teams. However, after the last calendar expanded to 18 months, APCF focused on a new project: the uniquely created NHRA yearbook.

The yearbook, entitled Life’s A Drag, will ship before Christmas. Highlighted throughout the piece is behind the scenes access to drivers and their families. Every top ten driver in the pro classes is highlighted, and this year APCF, also known as ‘A Spark of Hope’ will showcase shots never seen before.

“Through the support of the NHRA fans, APCF has been able to impact more lives than I would have ever thought possible,” said Andrea Pedregon, founder and wife of two-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Champion Tony Pedregon. “Although I have changed it slightly for this year, I believe the yearbook will give NHRA fans the behind the scenes access to their favorite drivers they are really craving for.”

The NHRA calendars have proven to be a success thanks to the support of the NHRA fan base. Nearly $100,000 has been donated the past two seasons to charities such as the New Jersey Sharing Network, Girls Night In, Indiana University Cancer Center for use in children’s cancer research and Melanoma cancer research. This year’s yearbook raised funds are going to a new cause: prostate and colon cancer research.

“There are so many causes that need support, and I believe this is an important one,” said Pedregon. “This could impact many of our drivers and crews and it makes it vital that we try to find a cure for it.”

Life’s A Drag costs $25.00 $20.00 plus shipping, and as always 100% of the proceeds go directly to the research. The People magazine style yearbook can be bought at www.tonypedregon.com, and at the Nitrofish trackside locations in the 2013 season. The yearbook makes a great gift for any NHRA fan, and a great keepsake on the last season of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing series.

Drivers showcased in Life’s A Drag:

Top Fuel: Antron Brown, Tony Schumacher, Spencer Massey, Brandon Bernstein, Shawn Langdon, Doug Kalitta, Morgan Lucas, Bob Vandergriff, Steve Torrence, David Grubnic, Hillary Will, Larry Dixon, Funny Car: Jack Beckman, Ron Capps, Mike Neff, Cruz Pedregon, Courtney Force, Johnny Gray, Robert Hight, Tim Wilkerson, John Force, Jeff Arend, Matt Hagan, Bob Tasca, Tony Pedregon, Pro Stock Car: Allen Johnson, Jason Line, Vincent Nobile, Erica Enders, Greg Anderson, Mike Edwards, V Gaines, Ron Krisher, Jeg Coughlin, Larry Morgan, Shane Gray, Pro Stock Motorcycle: Eddie Krawiec, Andrew Hines, Hector Arana Jr., Hector Arana Sr., Karen Stoffer, Matt Smith, Angie Smith, Scotty Pollacheck Michael Ray Jr., Louis Tonglet Jr.

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