Almost there! Help us reach our 2015 Upshift Summer Bash Goal!

 Drive for Independence would like to again, thank you all for helping make our 2nd Annual Upshift Summer Bash a huge success!

We made a lofty goal of $2000 for this year’s event
and have fallen just a little short.

We need your help! To help raise the remaining $200,
we have added a few incentives!!!

Donations are being accepted in person, by mail and via PayPal. For your convenience, use the Paypal link below to donate or use the contact form to contact us for our mailing address or to set up an in person meet.  When making your donation, please be sure to include your mailing address. This will help us to send your gift out to you! If you are local and would like to pick up your gift, please let us know!

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The donation incentives are as follows:

For each $5 donation, we will send you one of the commemorative Upshift Summer Bash drawstring backpack!

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For each $10 donation, we will send you a Lower ’48 Tucker Reproduction by Rob Ida poster and the commemorative Upshift Summer Bash drawstring backpack!

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For each $15 donation, we will send you one of our Drive for Independence Key Chains, in addition to the commemorative Upshift Summer Bash drawstring backpack, and Lower ’48 Tucker Reproduction by Rob Ida poster!wpid-20150817_102618.jpgwpid-20150713_092829.jpgwpid-2013-10-19-14.23.57.jpg

Thank you for your ongoing support of Drive For Independence!

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What a successful day! The 2nd annual Upshift Summer Bash was a great success! We cannot say “Thank You” enough to our sponsors, vendors, volunteers, and members of the community who came out to support Drive For Independence. We had a great time and our show field nearly doubled from last year’s size!

We would like to thank our sponsors again: Apple Nissan of York (Platinum), Ida Automotive, Preston Tucker LLC, Mobility SVM, Ride-Away, Aadvantage Insurance (gold Sponsors), Royal Manchester Golf Links, Amsoil by Mike Marx , Saba by Kala Sechrist (silver), Perfectly Posh by Stephanie Fritts, and Markets at Hanover (bronze). Also in memoriam sponsorship in memory of Tyler Shumate donated by Jim and Polly Shumate.

Upshift Summer Bash was very successful and we reached our goal! With nearly $2,000 raised we will now be able to proceed with our 501(c)3 (non-profit) status. In the coming months we will be hiring a lawyer to get set up so we can start serving our community and adults with disabilities! We are so excited to have reached this goal and it would not have been possible without the support of our community and sponsors! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Also we will be making a calendar just in time for the gift giving season. Winners from this year’s Upshift will be featured in the calendar. Watch for more details and pre-order information soon!

Here are some pictures from the event (people’s choice and Best Truck winner not pictured):
(we’ll be adding another post with many more pictures soon so keep an eye out!)
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Trophies

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1st place

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2nd place

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3rd place
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Best Motorcycle

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Upshift Trophies!

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1st Place all lit up! Thank you Mobility SVM for your Sponsorship!

Thank you to our Sponsors: 2nd place-Preston Tucker LLC, 3rd Place- Ida Automotive, Best Motorcycle - Aadvantage Insurance

Thank you to our Sponsors: 2nd place-Preston Tucker LLC, 3rd Place- Ida Automotive, Best Motorcycle – Aadvantage Insurance

Thank you to our sponsors: Best Truck - Ride-Away Wheelchair Vehicles and People's Choice- Jim and Polly Shumate in Honor of Tyler Shumate

Thank you to our sponsors: Best Truck – Ride-Away Wheelchair Vehicles and People’s Choice- Jim and Polly Shumate in Honor of Tyler Shumate

Prize pack includes $50 gift card, Sns Croftgate, wash bucket with Wash and Wax

Prize pack includes $50 gift card, Sns Croftgate, wash bucket with Wash and Wax

Prize Pack includes SnS Croftgate Wash and Wax, Tire Shine Plus, and Aquanil X and a Tucker T-shirt (not pictured)

Prize Pack includes SnS Croftgate Wash and Wax, Tire Shine Plus, and Aquanil X and a Tucker T-shirt (not pictured)

Prize package includes trial pack of SnS Croftgate Project X, Wash and Wax, Tire Shine Plus, and Quick and Slick and a Tucker Torpedo poster

Prize package includes trial pack of SnS Croftgate Project X, Wash and Wax, Tire Shine Plus, and Quick and Slick and a Tucker Torpedo poster

Prize package includes trial pack of SnS Croftgate Project X, Wash and Wax, Tire Shine Plus, and Quick and Slick

Prize package includes trial pack of SnS Croftgate Project X, Wash and Wax, Tire Shine Plus, and Quick and Slick

Prize package includes trial pack of SnS Croftgate Project-X, Wash and Wax, Tire Shine Plus, and Quick n Slick

Prize package includes trial pack of SnS Croftgate Project-X, Wash and Wax, Tire Shine Plus, and Quick n Slick

Prize package includes trial pack of SnS Croftgate Project X, Aquanil X, Multi-Clean and Quick n Slick

Prize package includes trial pack of SnS Croftgate Project X, Aquanil X, Multi-Clean and Quick n Slick

Isaac’s Dine For Drive For Independence Fundraiser

Join us on Sunday August 2nd 5-9pm for Our Dine For DRIVE event at Isaac’s restaurant in East York (across the street from the Galleria beside Big Lots). TWENTY-FIVE percent of each check will go to Drive For Independence if you mention you are there for our event and present the flyer below! Even take-out and online orders are eligible for the fundraiser. Please check the flyer below for more information on how to have Drive For Independence receive credit for those orders. If you purchase a gift card during the fundraiser 15% of the purchase price will be donated to us.

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Click on this link for the printable PDF for the fund raiser Isaacs_8_2_15

Private Screening of On A Roll Documentary

Radio Host, Author, Motivational Speaker, Father and Tireless Advocate for the Disabled, Greg Smith’s Life and Work is Showcased in this Inside Look at the Joys and Frustrations of Life as a 65-pound Disabled Dynamo

This film will be screened online throughout the month of July at http://www.onarollmovie.com as part of the national celebration of the 25 year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We need your sponsorship support to make this happen.

Two million Americans use wheelchairs. 54 million Americans have a disability. From his state-of-the art radio studio in his parents’ Mississippi house, Greg Smith—“the wheelchair dude with attitude”—uses his popular nationally syndicated radio program to offer advice, encouragement and inspiration to not only the huge number of disabled Americans but all Americans. His upbeat, tough, and often humor-filled message closes the gap between the abled and disabled by stressing that we all need help from each other, everyday. Directed by Joanne Caputo, ON A ROLL will air nationally on the acclaimed PBS series Independent Lens on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 10 P.M. (check local listings) in conjunction with Black History Month.
Greg Smith sounds like a normal dad as he talks to his daughter on his cell phone and calls her “sweetie pie,” but interviews with his three kids prove opposite: “He needs help using the bathroom and getting in bed. He can’t play baseball that good.” Yet daughter Berkeley also knows what he can do: “He can move and drive… and talk.” It’s an accurate description as we hear Smith telling listeners about his new power wheelchair that can zoom around at 8 miles an hour.
Smith looks tiny and emaciated, but with a deep announcer’s voice he interviews Christopher Reeve, then blows the whistle on Clint Eastwood, Nike and Rush Limbaugh, all guilty of insensitivity to people with disabilities. We soon realize that he is no ordinary 65-pound man. He’s the host of On A Roll Radio who began broadcasting after a disability job discrimination experience in 1992.
By 2000, more than 40 cities air Smith’s program, but without major syndicator support. It’s part of the “institutionalized bigotry” that people with disabilities face regularly, according to Smith’s producer, Mike Ervin. Becky Ogle (former White House Disability Task Force director) and Judy Huemann (The World Bank Disability advisor) tell us about more concerns fueling current disability activism—nursing homes, independence vs. interdependence and the power of the growing disability voting bloc, now at 40 million.

Stranded…

Today while we were out and about Chris’s chair carrier was damaged. We were driving through Red Lion and hit a construction bump and the chair shifted and the carrier bent at the hitch tube. We could not get his chair home as the carrier dragged on the ground with the weight of the chair. His chair is being taken home via tow truck.We attempted having him drive his chair home from Dallastown but the driving conditions were too dangerous and after 2 miles we stopped and decided a tow truck was the best option.
In one to 2 months Chris will have his truck but until then we need to get the carrier fixed or replaced so we can get him to Bethlehem for fittings. Just another bump in the road.

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Upshift Summer Bash 2015 Press Release

*For Immediate Release*

Bring you cars! Bring your family! And don’t forget to come hungry! We are thrilled to announce our 2nd annual Drive For Independence Upshift Summer Bash. This year’s event will be held at Leg Up Farm, 4880 N Sherman Street Ext, Mt Wolf, PA 17347, on Saturday, August 1 from 3pm-9pm. It is a car show, food truck and vendor event. There will be plenty of beautiful cars, food vendors to tempt your taste buds, plenty of vendors to pique your interest, and the Rock ‘N’ Roll Express DJs to keep the party going. The Upshift Summer Bash is a  fundraiser for Drive For Independence, a new organization in York PA to help adults with high level disabilities get wheelchair accessible vehicles to get to work. We are working towards the costs of becoming a 501(c)3 organization.

Our sponsors and vendors help us to make the Upshift Summer Bash possible. Our platinum Sponsor is Apple Nissan. With their help we are bringing an awesome activity to Upshift Summer Bash. New this year we will have RC2U bringing their mobile RC race set up to the show. There will be tickets available at $3.00 per race, 2 races for $5.00 or wristbands for $10.00 to race all night. All proceeds from the ticket sales come to Drive for Independence. It will be great fun for the young and young at heart!
We also have several Gold (trophy) and Silver Sponsors helping to make this year’s event a success.  Ida Automotive and Preston Tucker LLC are 2 of our gold sponsors this year. They are currently in the process of building what was the Tucker Torpedo concept car. Sean and Mike Tucker (Preston Tucker’s great grandsons) and Rob Ida who specializes in custom car builds will be on hand. Our other gold sponsors are Ride- Away, Mobility SVM, who will hold the first owners group meeting in conjunction with our event, and Aadvantage Insurance. One trophy is being dedicated in Memory of Tyler Shumate, who lost his life earlier this year in a car accident. Silver sponsors include Amsoil by Mike Marx , Saba for Life by Kala Sechrist, and Royal Manchester Golf Links.
Hungry? We will have Spectrum Farm to Truck to fill your bellies and Snow Stables Shaved Ice to cool you down. We are continuing to add food choices so check out the Facebook event or WordPress for updates. There will also be a bake sale that will benefit Drive for Independence. We also have vendors for all your shopping needs! Favorite direct sales companies, such as Perfectly Posh, and home crafters will be on hand to satisfy your shopping fun.

We would love to fill our show field with 150+ Cars, trucks and motorcycles. Pre-register your vehicle by visiting: https://squareup.com/market/christopher-sauerbaum/upshift-summer-bash-registration. Use code USB2015 at check out for $5.00 discount. You can also pre-register by going to the link below and printing out the mail-in registration. Pre-registration is only $10.00 while the day of the show registration is $15.00.  We will have 1st-3rd, best motorcycle, and best truck custom trophies designed by Chris Sauerbaum for the show field that will be judged by your fellow car show participants. There will also be a People’s Choice trophy voted on by the general public. The first 50 registered cars will receive a dash plaque and we will have 150 reusable goody bags to be given away. Chris is definitely showcasing his graphic design abilities with this show. We will also have a silent auction with items up for bid such as a round of golf for 4 (a $200 value) from Royal Manchester Golf Links, an Amsoil oil gift certificate, a family fun pack including a bowling gift card and movie passes and many more! We will also have activities for the kids including the large barrier-free playground, color your own car and face painting!

We will continue to grow the Upshift Summer bash bigger as Drive For Independence grows. We are taking everything we learned from fund raising for Christopher Sauerbaum’s Wheelchair accessible truck and helping others in a similar situation achieve accessible transportation for work. For more information please see https://driveforindependence.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/announcing-2015-upshift-summer-bash/ or our Drive for Independence Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/driveforindependence. To make a tax-deductible donation please see http://www.philanthropicendeavors.org/ and mark Drive for Independence in the Paypal notes section. We can be reached at driveforindependence@gmail.com or 717-991-5921.

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Printable PDF Upshift2015_Flyer