Sparking Hope, Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation announces donation
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.
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.
Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation Makes Philanthropic Contribution in honor of Heather Anne Aurora
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.
Andrea Pedregon: A Real Stupendous and Caring “Housewife” of NHRA
Hi Guys and Gals,
I recently interviewed a truly inspiring woman in the motorsports world, Andrea Pedregon. Her husband, MAHLE Clevite-sponsored Tony Pedregon is a two-time world champion NHRA Funny Car owner and driver. Andrea is not just known for having a famous NHRA husband, she is the founder of the successful Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation helping to support those who are affected by unfortunate circumstances.
Andrea goes by the mantra “A Spark of Hope” and she certainly brings hope to the many charities and people she raises money for. Take a look at my interview with Andrea below and you’ll see why she’s such an amazing woman. If you have any questions for Andrea, make sure to send them to me in the comments!
Sunday kicked off with a Track Walk, organized by NHRA and Tony and Andrea Pedregon (left) that saluted the families of the NHRA, part of this year's Nitro Generation celebration.
A large turnout of fans — and drivers including Cruz, Morgan Lucas and fiancée Katie Pellone, Jeg and Samantha Coughlin, the families of Shane and Johnny Gray, Bob Tasca III, Erica Enders, Richie Stevens — walked the zMAX Dragway racetrack.
"Many thanks to the NHRA Full Throttle drivers who participated in Sunday’s track walk in Charlotte and to the numerous fans who walked the ZMax ¼ mile with all of us."
The event allowed the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation “A Spark Of Hope” to raise additional funding for children with cancer by selling “The Real Families” Calendars to race fans before the walk began.
“ I am pleased to announce we have raised over $47,000 at this time”. Calendars will remain available at www.tonypedregon.com and trackside in the Nitro Fish Merchandise trailer before the final donation will be made to IU Pediatric Oncology in May.