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Andrea Pedregon Announces Indy Live Auction PDF Print E-mail

Current Live Auction Items - Pictures of Items

The Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation “A Spark of Hope” announces a Live Auction scheduled during the Indianapolis U.S. Nationals! The Live Auction will be held in Tony Pedregon’s hospitality (adjacent to his race pit) following the last pro-qualifying session on Saturday, August 31st. Fans, Drivers, Friends and Family are all welcome to attend and bid on their favorite items.

Items will include autographed parts, apparel, helmets, starting line shirts, diecasts and an awesome custom-built motorcycle ready to drive out of the pit to the highest bidder. Watch for a detailed list of items on tonypedregon.com or apcf.tonypedregon.com!

“The Auction will offer fun-filled bidding and appearances from your favorite drivers”, said Pedregon, “Surely a great way for everyone to help raise additional funding for colon & prostate cancer research”.

One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Indiana University Cancer Center for Colon and Prostate Cancer research. The APCF will gratefully accept unique items and donations for the auction through August 30th.

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NHRA Full Throttle 2012 Yearbook Benefits Cancer Research PDF Print E-mail

BROWNSBURG, IN – Fans of NHRA Full Throttle Drag racing can pre-order a collectable yearbook from the 2012 season that will be available just in time for Christmas. The yearbook, titled "Life's A Drag," will feature full-color action and candid photos of the NHRA’s hottest drivers and their families.

Produced by Andrea Pedregon, founder of the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation, “A Spark of Hope,” the 60-page year in review will highlight the 2012 races and give fans a glimpse into what their favorite pro drivers do when they are not racing.

Proceeds from the sales will benefit colon and prostate cancer research. Pedregon, wife of two-time Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon, raised nearly $100,000 to support melanoma and children’s cancer research in the past two years through sales of her foundation’s “Real Housewives” and “Real Families” calendars featuring NHRA drivers and their families.

"I am continually fueled to create new charity projects, thanks to the enormous support from NHRA drivers, teams, sponsors and fans,” Pedregon said. “The yearbook sales will support additionally needed research and awareness for prostate and colon cancer."

Fans can order the “Life’s a Drag” yearbook now at www.tonypedregon.com for just $25 each, plus shipping, for guaranteed Christmas delivery. For more information about the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation, visit www.andreapedregon.com.

 
Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation raises 20k and counting for prostate and colon cancer research PDF Print E-mail

The Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation has raised over $20,000 for prostate and colon cancer research through the 2012 NHRA Yearbook project. The NHRA yearbooks are a spinoff from the calendars the charity typically produces to raise money for different causes each year.

The 2012 NHRA Yearbooks are still available for purchase at www.tonypedregon.com and now also available in the NHRA Nitro Mall and Nitro Fish trailer at each race. They are the perfect item to take to the track and have your favorite drivers autograph. There are a select amount of yearbooks left, and the price is now $20.

This year the foundation’s project benefits the IU Simon Cancer Center, a partnership between Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University Health, and their efforts towards colon and prostate cancer research.

The Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation will present the donation to the Cancer Center at the end of year. Check back for updates on the project throughout the year at www.apcf.tonypedregon.com

 
Thanks to our Komatsu guests PDF Print E-mail

Many thanks to our Komatsu hospitality guests in Las Vegas who donated so generously to my charity foundation.
My biggest fan,Trevin Campbell (pictured left with his father) gave me a one hundred dollar bill to help make a difference in cancer research. The race weekend was full of support!

 
Andrea on WFO Radio PDF Print E-mail

Andrea on WFO Radio with Joe Costello talks about the 2012 Yearbook

Life's A Drag

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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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2012 NHRA Yearbook PDF Print E-mail

After much consideration, I have decided to move forward with another charity project and include all teams, drivers, owners, sponsors, and advertisers. In lieu of producing another calendar, this year I would like to create a “ Yearbook” (similar to the annually published PEOPLE Magazine Yearbook). I will be requesting permission to use the NHRA/Full Throttle logo (as I have in the past) for use on the cover. The layout would consist of sections for each Pro Class, including Sportsman & Pro Mod.

The yearbook will highlight race pictures from the current race season, as well as pictures from home ... fans love to know about what we do when we are not racing (ie: engagement, marriage, new baby, kids, vacation, other races you may attend, casual/formal events outside of racing, celebrity meetings, concerts, holidays, etc.)

Please consider helping me support yet another great cause and be a part of a unique “collectable yearbook” from the 2012 season! The last 2 calendars raised nearly $100,000 combined and supported Melanoma research and Children’s cancer thanks to YOUR help!

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Pedregon Racing announces Indy Open House, Concert & Charity Auction PDF Print E-mail

Pedregon Racing is having their annual Open House, Thursday, August 30th at the team’s shop just two miles from Lucas Oil Dragway. This event’s festivities will feature race cars and hot rods, and include great concerts and hold a charity silent auction.

The race cars and hot rods will be parked in the front of the shop and will include a few from the Pedregon family collection. The band Luminate brought to you by K-LOVE Radio will perform from 3-4:30 and beginning at 5 PM the band, The Protest, will take the stage.

“Our open house gives NHRA fans a behind the scene glimpse of how our teams prepare for the circuit. It will be a great start to an exciting weekend of events.” said champion driver Tony Pedregon.

Finally, the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation, “A Spark Of Hope,” will be hosting a silent auction during the open house. Race memorabilia from drivers, teams and sponsors including John Force Racing, Cruz & Tony Pedregon, Ron Capps, Alexis DeJoria, Bob Tasca, Erica Enders, Coca Cola and many other arriving daily for fans to bid on; it is sure to be an exciting place to be. The proceeds from the auction will benefit Girl’s Nite In, a non-for-profit (Indy affiliate), that helps to empower young girls to make wise choices through safe refuge places and a structured framework.

“Hosting an auction during the kick-off of the legendary Indy race weekend will surely be a great success,” said Andrea Pedregon, founder of Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation: A Spark Of Hope. “I am thrilled to help a local organization in need of funding thanks to our NHRA Full Throttle supportive fans.”

Follow Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Andrea-Pedregon-Charity-Foundation-Inc/170507729716860 or Tony Pedregon www.facebook.com/tonypedregonofficial, for updates on the items that will be up for auction this coming week.

 
NHRA drivers are ready for new thrills at Cedar Point PDF Print E-mail

Tony Pedregon is proud to once again lead a group of drivers to attend Cedar Point on Monday July 9th; the day after the completion of the NHRA Full Throttle race in Norwalk, OH.

For several years, Pedregon has invited drivers to come and bring their families out to the historic theme park for an autograph session for the fans and to enjoy the park. This years’ group of drivers features a few mainstays in the event: two-time Funny Car Champion Pedregon, former Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion and current Top Fuel Driver Antron Brown, and Five-Time Funny Car event winner and current top ten standing driver Bob Tasca. For this seasons’ event, we are pleased to welcome reigning Funny Car Champion Matt Hagan to the event as well.

     

“This event has become a family tradition.” states Tony Pedregon. “Our relationship with Cedar Point really makes for a great weekend when we can bring our families to an event at one of the best amusement and water parks in the world.”

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Sparking Hope, Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation announces donation PDF Print E-mail

Since 2009, the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation (APCF) has tried to live by its motto, ‘A Spark of Hope.’ With events ranging from charity dinners to Locks of Love haircuts, providing numerous cleft lip surgeries to unique themed calendars, NHRA fans have continued to support the APCF in its ventures. Most recently, Andrea Pedregon created the Real Families of NHRA calendar, and fans continued their support. Their backing helped the APCF reach a goal and today (June 6, 2012) Andrea graciously announced a $50,000 donation to the IU Foundation for Children’s Cancer Research.

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This donation was done in honor of a classmate of the Pedregon’s son, Dezi. Since 2008, six-year-old Henry Mullett has struggled with cancerous brain tumors, and has had constant help from the hospital. This day, entitled Hooray for Henry, featured a Cars theme and brought in the doctors that worked with Mullett. Pedregon started her day with a check presentation to Amber Kleopfer, Senior Associate Director of Development for Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, on the TV show IndyStyle.

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Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation Makes Philanthropic Contribution in honor of Heather Anne Aurora PDF Print E-mail
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. – Following its tagline ‘A Spark of Hope,’ the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation (APCF) is making a monetary contribution in honor of Heather Anne Aurora to the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, the philanthropic arm of NJ Sharing Network, the non-profit organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for nearly 5,000 New Jerseyans awaiting life-saving transplants. Aurora died at the age of 21 when she was struck as a pedestrian crossing a street.

Aurora’s parents, Scott and Sharon Krampetz have followed NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing for 32 years. Scott Krampetz had been a long-time fan of Tony Pedregon, which led Aurora to contribute to the APCF’s first event. Pedregon was working with Locks of Love, and Aurora cut her hair to make a wig for cancer victims. Andrea Pedregon met up with the Krampetz family at the fall Las Vegas race.

“That very moment that Sharon and I hugged we shared the loss of Heather. Through the tears we also reflected on several lives she saved,” said Pedregon. “I am honored to recognize Heather this Saturday with a memorial dedication. She was truly an inspiration who kept on giving.”

Aurora was an organ donor, and her kidneys, heart valves, corneal tissue, and skin were donated to organ and tissue recipients to give people a chance to regain life as they once had it. The presentation of the monetary gift will take place at Aurora’s home track, Englishtown, on Saturday, June 2nd at 2 pm.

“Although Ms. Aurora is no longer with us, she was able to give the gift of life to others through the miracle of organ and tissue donation,” said Elisse Glennon, executive director of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation. “Ms. Aurora’s final act of kindness is proof that good can come from any tragedy.”

More lives could be saved if people repeated Ms. Aurora’s courageous act and registered as an organ donor. Doing so would give more hope to the 114,000 people currently awaiting a life-saving organ transplant in the United States.

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