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.

To put a calendar together of this magnitude it takes support of the fans but also many other committed people. The drivers continued to give their time through the restaurant autograph sessions to track walks and photo shoots. Drivers that participated helped in this years’ calendar were: Top Fuel: Antron Brown, Doug Kalitta, Morgan Lucas, Bob Vandergriff, Brandon Bernstein, Larry Dixon, and Del Worsham. Funny Car: Jeff Arend, Matt Hagan, Jack Beckman, Bob Tasca, Cruz Pedregon, Tony Pedregon, Robert Hight, John Force, Courtney Force, Ashley Force-Hood, Johnny Gray, Ron Capps, and Alexis DeJoria. Pro Stock: Greg Anderson, Jason Line, Allen Johnson, Jeg Coughlin, Erica Enders, Richie Stevens, Shane Gray, and Vincent Nobile. Pro Stock Motorcycle: Hector Arana, Hector Arana Jr., Eddie Krawiec, and Matt and Angie Smith. Photographs were taken by Dan Davis Studios, layout by Sholty Design, and printing by Pengad, Inc.

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We again would like to thank NHRA and Full Throttle for their support. The APCF is excited to announce future projects in the coming months, and know that whatever we plan NHRA’s fans will be there to be that spark of hope to those in need.

About Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation:

The Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation (APCF) was founded by Andrea Pedregon (wife of two-time NHRA champion Tony Pedregon) in 2010. The foundation is a compassionate non-profit organization making a sincere difference to those who are affected by unfortunate circumstance, through volunteer commitment, financial generosity and beneficial awareness. APCF, Inc. (also known as “A Spark of Hope”) is best known for its NHRA themed calendars. The 2011 edition raised $40,000 for Melanoma Research. The 2012 edition, the Real Families of NHRA, has raised an unannounced amount for Children’s Cancer Research. For more information on the APCF, go to or


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