Thank You for a Successful Bazaar

We’d like to to thank everyone who helped make our first annual Drive For Independence Holiday Bazaar a success! It was a great day despite the slow traffic.

We had a gorgeous space, wonderful organic, gluten-free, and vegan food options, and yummy chicken corn soup for starters. We had an awesome group of supportive vendors, many unique handmade goods such as soaps, candles, jewelry, and decor as well as favorite home-based vendors such as Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Perfectly Posh, and LulaRoe.  Santa also stopped by for a visit! We even had visits from ABC27 (ABC27 Story) and CBS21 (Local21 Story). Use the blue links to visit. Thank you to everyone who made the day a success!

Our ticket auction alone raised $70! After all expenses we were able to raise 189.35! Thank you for helping to raise money towards our start-up and program costs as we work towards helping adults with disabilities get the transportation they need for work and fulfilling their goals!

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Drive for Independence Holiday Bazaar Press Release and Flyer

FYI: We’re changing up the silent auction a little bit. Each person who comes in the door will get a ticket. To receive a second ticket bring an item for Able-Services. To receive any additional tickets to bid on items we will be doing a “Fill the Bucket”. Each Dollar donated gets you another ticket.
With $10 donated you will receive 12 tickets. With every $20 donated you will receive an arm span of tickets.

*Drive for Independence Holiday Bazaar Press Release*

We are delighted to announce a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday November 21st, 2015 to benefit Drive For Independence. Our mission with Drive For Independence is to help those with high level disabilities obtain wheelchair accessible vehicles needed to get to work and achieve their dreams for independence. We started Drive For Independence while Fundraising for Christopher Sauerbaum’ s wheelchair accessible vehicle. Chris, along with his wife and many other dedicated individuals have raised the funds for a down payment on his vehicle which was recently converted for his specific needs. After meeting his goal they decided to immediately work on paying it forward and helping others meet this same goal of being able to drive themselves to work and lead an overall more independent life.
Please join us to help support Drive For Independence and giving adults their driving independence. The event will run from 10:00am-4:00pm on November 21st and will be held at the Agape Professional Center: 907 Roosevelt Ave York PA 17404. Funds raised at the event will go towards program needs and helping future clients.  Various vendors are signed up to attend the event, ranging from one-of-a-kind handmade goods to favorites such as Thirty-One Gifts, Origami Owl, and Younique, as well as food vendors. There will be a silent auction with donations from our vendors.  We will also have pictures with Santa so bring the kids along!  We will also have a limited supply of our 2016 Drive For independence calendars available at the bazaar. They feature cars from our first 2 Upshift Summer Bash car shows. Be sure to come and get these great Christmas gifts for the car lovers in your life!
Want to help out another great organization? We are holding a supply drive for Able-Services. We will have a box at the event for donations. They offer adult day services for adults with disabilities (a Leg Up Farm program). The organization is in need of card games, board games, fitness items such a exercise mats and small weights, Wii Fit games, art and craft kits and supplies such as glue sticks, Sharpies and clothes pins. Check out their Amazon Wish list for more details.
Join us in what we hope is our first of many successful events. Our goal is to keep this going yearly and to be able to help other individuals with limited mobility to reach their dreams of working and driving as well!
For more information go to:
https://driveforindependence.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/driveforindependence
FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/402398013303747/
We can be reached at driveforindependence@gmail.com or
717-991-5921.
For online donations please check out: http://www.philanthropicendeavors.org.  If donating, please mark Drive For Independence in the notes section in Paypal so it can be donated to the correct fund.

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York City man’s dream of driving comes true with specialized truck

By GREG GROSS

With the press of a button on the key fob, the driver’s side and rear doors of Chris Sauerbaum’s pearly white GMC extended-cab pickup truck popped open and began to move outward.

About a minute later, the door was in position — about four feet from the truck body — and the wheelchair lift was on the ground. Sauerbaum, 33, of York City, maneuvered himself into position for the ride into the driver’s compartment.

Another minute or so later, Sauerbaum, who has a physical disability resulting from chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy, was in position behind the steering wheel, joysticks in hand and ready to roll.

Chris Sauerbaum of York City demonstrates the door lift on his custom GMC pickup truck at Cousler Park Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Sauerbaum, who suffers

Chris Sauerbaum of York City demonstrates the door lift on his custom GMC pickup truck at Cousler Park Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Sauerbaum, who suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy, has no legs and had the truck outfitted so he could operate it. Bill Kalina – bkalina@yorkdispatch.com

The truck, especially when the doors open, is a head-turner.

“You might as well be driving a Lamborghini,” Sauerbaum said.

But driving anything is what makes him happy. It’s something he’s wanted to do for more than a decade.

Driver: The journey to getting Sauerbaum behind the wheel of his own car started 11 years ago. The process has cost thousands of dollars and borne numerous setbacks.

He originally bought a Chrysler PT Cruiser with hopes of converting it to work with his disabilities. But it couldn’t be outfitted with the needed joystick controls.

Finally in 2013, Sauerbaum and wife Heather Sloat started an appeal for donations to raise money for a down payment on the pickup truck.

They raised the needed $10,000, including a $2,500 donation from Oletowne Jewelers, 2157 White St. in West Manchester Township, and made the down payment on the GMC Sierra pickup a few months ago.

The truck was then sent off to undergo a $91,000 conversion, which was covered by the state Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and the family of four finally took delivery of it about three weeks ago.

Chris Sauerbaum of York City demonstrates the capabilities of his custom GMC pickup truck at Cousler Park Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Sauerbaum, who suffers

Chris Sauerbaum of York City demonstrates the capabilities of his custom GMC pickup truck at Cousler Park Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Sauerbaum, who suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy, has no legs and had the truck outfitted so he could operate it. Bill Kalina – bkalina@yorkdispatch.com

“Think of it as a big (remote controlled) car. An 8,000 pound R/C car,” Sauerbaum said of the added electronics that allow him to operate the truck.

The pickup features two joysticks in the driver’s compartment. One allows him to feed the engine gas and to brake, and the other controls steering.

It took Sauerbaum a week and a half of training to get ready for the road.

Easier life: Driving not only gives Sauerbaum the freedom of the road but also frees up Sloat’s day.

In the past, she’d have to drive him to work, racking up 80 miles on the odometer each day, she said.

Now that Sauerbaum has his truck, he and Sloat want to help others in similar situations get behind the wheel.

They are working to gain 501(c)(3) status for Drive for Independence, a nonprofit organization they are starting to help people with disabilities navigate the process of getting a converted car that meets their needs.

“It’s just one piece of the puzzle to get people to work,” Sloat said.

The truck also met with approval during a recent car show in Mountville, Lancaster County. It took home first place in the street truck/SUV class at the Turn Up the Pink Car Show, Sloat said.

Sauerbaum and Sloat’s two 6-year-old boys, Tucker and Harley Sauerbaum, were anxiously awaiting their ride in the truck. But first, they needed new car seats.

Harley wasn’t always so keen on the truck.

Sloat and Sauerbaum showed the boys a video of Sauerbaum testing out a similar truck. As the doors slid open and Sauerbaum prepared to get in, Harley got a horrified look on his face and started crying.

“Harley said, ‘Why is that Transformer eating Daddy?'” Sloat said.

For more information about Drive for Independence, visit http://www.driveforindependence.wordpress.com.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.

 

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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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It’s Official! Chris’s Drive For Independence Has Reached its Goal!

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Thank you to everyone who made our very first car show a success! We may not have reached our goal but we are less than $1,000.00 away from our goal! We are still proceeding forward with getting Chris’s truck. It will still be a couple months until we are given the go ahead to get the truck by OVR so there is still an opportunity to get there.

Thank you to the food trucks and vendors who gave their support in our first year. You took a gamble on us! We can’t say thank you enough for being there to support us! Thank you to the vendors who came out to share the day with us. Thank you to all the car guys, including some of the Visual Reality Car Club, and three special Johns (John O., John Sheldon, and John Burch) that came out to support! Chris This event was about bringing the community out to help one of its own reach his dream!

The Upshift Summer Bash raised $1,209.00 leaving us just $800.00 shy of our goal. We thought we were proceeding forward without reaching it. That all changed this morning at 9:30am! I was expecting email from Ride-Away who was part of our event. Imagine my (Heather’s) surprise when I looked in my email and there was a donation the completed our goal and exceeded it! I just about hit the floor I was so shocked! Chris was sleeping and I woke him up with my hysterics! At least it was a great reason, right?

Thank you again to everyone who has helped us reach our goal! It was so much a community effort! It now puts us very close to Chris’s Dream of Driving. OVR paperwork is in the works and hopefully as long as all goes to plan we will have his truck in 4-6 months! Sooner is better than later but after a 10 year wait this will be nothing! What a way to celebrate Chris and I being together for 10 years! What an awesome gift and one we will never forget!!!

Upshift Summer Bash Press Release

PRESS RELEASE

*For Immediate Release*

Bring you cars! Bring your family! And don’t forget to come hungry! We are thrilled to announce our first 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 16 from 10am-4pm. It is a car show, food truck and vendor event. There will be plenty of beautiful cars, several food trucks to tempt your taste buds, plenty of vendors to pique your interest, and DJ-T1 to keep the party going. The Upshift Summer Bash is a  fundraiser for Chris Sauerbaum and his need for a wheelchair accessible vehicle. He has had his driver’s license for 10 years now without a vehicle to drive. We are working towards a $10,000.00 down payment on a Mobility SVM Chevrolet Silverado. We are currently at $8,000.00 and hope to reach our goal with the Upshift Summer Bash.  Ride-Away Wheelchair Vehicles will be bringing a Mobility SVM vehicle to showcase what we are fundraising for.

Did someone mention food trucks?! Of course we did! We will have Bountiful Feast, Scoops Ice Cream and Grille, Smoothie King York, PA, Spectrum Farm to Truck, and Sophie’s Italian Ice to fill your bellies and cool you down. We also have vendors for all your shopping needs! Favorite direct sales companies and home crafters will be on hand to satisfy your shopping fun. The car show can accommodate up to 100 vehicles in the car show field. Cars, trucks and motor cycles are welcome. Pre-register your vehicle by visiting: https://driveforindependence.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/upshift-summer-bash-car-show-registration/. Pre-registration is only $10.00 while the day of the show registration is $15.00.  We will have 1st-3rd custom trophies designed by Chris Sauerbaum, himself, for the show field that will be judged by your fellow car show participants. There will also be a People’s Choice voted on by the general public. Chris is definitely showcasing his graphic design abilities with this show. There will also be an event photographer on hand and you will be able to get a photo of your car at the event. Donations from photos will go to YAFCA,  a local community organization (www.facebook.com/YAFCA.org). We will also have a silent auctions with items up for bid such as A York Revolution Prize pack that contains 4 ticket vouchers, SnS Croftgate car care items, $100 in free Web design, and massage gift certificates and many more! We will also have activities for the kids including the large barrier-free playground!

We hope to bring you this event bigger and better in the future as we turn our efforts to begin our 501(c) charity efforts with Drive For Independence. We would like to take everything we have learned fundraising for Christopher Sauerbaum’s Wheelchair accessible truck and help others in a similar situation needing accessible transportation for work. For more information please see http://www.driveforindependence.wordpress.com or our Drive for Independence Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/driveforindependence. To donate please see http://www.gofundme.com/driveforindependence. We can be reached at driveforindependence@gmail.com.

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Upshift Summer Bash Car Show Registration

Here is the registration for the Upshift Summer Bash Car Show.
It’s open to anything and is a more casual meet type show. Bikes are welcome. Join the Facebook event here: Upshift Summer Bash Facebook Event


To relieve any confusion with pre-registration, you must go through all the steps to checkout. When you get to the shipping and billing information there is a spot on the right hand side that asks for the  $5.00 off code. Click on it and enter the code below for the discount.

$5.00 off Pre-registration promo code: UPSBH2014
Register Here – Upshift Summer Bash Registration

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Mail-In Registration Form
*Discount code cannot be used with the mail-in registration.