Upshift-Thank You!

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

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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Upshift2015_Flyer

Printable PDF Upshift2015_Flyer

What’s Next? OVR red tape hoopfest!

Plenty of people are curious as to where we go next with getting Chris’s truck. Here is a basic run down of what’s to come.

This week we turned in the OVR agreement of what is to happen in the process and turned paper work into the doctor to be filled out so Chris can be re-evaluated (first hoop of red tape) for what hand controls he needs. We are now waiting for OVR to contact us to set up that evaluation. Once that evaluation is completed we have 3 months to purchase a vehicle as that is the length of time the evaluation is good for before you have go around again. OVR then does a bidding process (second hoop of red tape) that we have to go through to determine which company we will work with for the full conversion.

The next step would be purchasing the truck. We’ll pick out/order the truck Chris wants and then it will be time for conversion. The truck will first be sent to Mobility SVM in Indiana to do the floor/lift to enable Chris’s chair to get in and out of the truck. It will then come back to PA.

Once back in PA the joystick hand controls (most likely an EMC joystick) will be put in. This is mainly the part that requires the bidding process since there are a few companies in PA that do hand control installs. We’re hoping to work with Ride-Away in Norristown. We’ve seen a good bit of their work and have been pleased with it.

After all the work is complete Chris will have to be evaluated on the vehicle again to make sure it is fitted well for him and he can drive it safely (third hoop of red tape). We then sign the contract stating he’s not eligible for another vehicle conversion for 10 years. That is one of the major reasons we chose a truck. The durability of a truck cannot be matched by a minivan and we like to get out there and use our vehicle quite a bit!

When all is said and done the truck will have probably $50,000 worth of equipment added to it! Easily making the vehicle worth around $100,000 even before Chris gets his hands on it!

Yep it will be worth more than our house!

We may still have 4-6 months before the truck is ready for Chris but we can’t wait to share the good news when Chris is driving himself!

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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Car and Vendor registration for Upshift Summer Bash is now open!

upshiftsummerbashOur Upshift Summer Bash is scheduled for Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10am-4pm. We are looking for vendors and car show participants. Our goal with this show is to reach our $10,000.00 down payment goal towards Chris Sauerbaum’s Mobility SVM Chevrolet Silverado. We are hoping to raise $3,000.00 with this event. Anything above and beyond our goal will go to help offset the cost of the vehicle which is approximately $50,000.00. We would like to  make this an annual fundraiser with Drive For Independence when we start our 501(c) to help other people reach their goal of driving.

We are looking for 40 vendors of all varieties, including direct sales, crafts, and car related products. The price per spot is $35.00  or $25.00 plus a silent auction item worth at least $15.00. Set up for vendors will begin at 8:00am.

We are also looking for those interested in being in our car show field. Registration is $10.00 per vehicle to pre-register up until August 9th. We are able to accommodate 100 vehicles. If there is room open the day of the show registration is $15.00. There will be trophies for 1st-3rd judged and a people’s choice. Roll-in will be at 9:00am.

We will be taking vendor payments and car show payments via cash, check, or PayPal. Please contact us for PayPal instructions.

For an application please contact us at http://www.facebook.com/driveforindependence or driveforindependence@gmail.com.

Chris and I testing out the 2014 Mobility SVM Silverado at the New York Metro Abilities Expo in May.

Chris and Heather testing out the 2014 Mobility SVM Silverado at the New York Metro Abilities Expo in May.