If you happen to see a pink 1984 Corvette rolling down the road in the Ohio area in the next few months, you can be sure that it’s probably the PinkVette that aims to raise at least $20,000 for the Meadville Medical Center’s Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute in Ohio.
A couple of car guys – Brian Bair of Bair’s Corvettes in Linesville and Dave Gray of Smith Gray Buick GMC in Vernon Township – and some friends have been restoring the Corvette over the past few months, inside and out, including a paint job in the traditional shade of pink that’s come to symbolize the breast cancer awareness movement across the nation.
But as if the unique paint job isn’t enough to attract attention, organizers are going to be letting thousands of people who see the car and make a donation to the cancer society to sign their names on it. Already, TV star Jay Leno has autographed the air cleaner cover after it was mailed to his studio in LA.
The car will debut in public at the Barco Institute on May 4 as the Corvette begins “Cruisin’ for the Cure,” the first of many stops around the area through next year.
The goal now is to raise at least $20,000 through those fund-raising events, and they also plan to auction off the PinkVette late next year to raise even more money.
All the proceeds will go to the Institute to buy and maintain a special vehicle to transport Institute patients and their families from around the region who don’t have a way to the center for their appointments.
“It’s an off-the-wall project,” Bair admits, but thanks to the efforts of more than 100 sponsors and volunteers, “it’s all coming together.”
You can find out more about the car and Cruisin’ for the Cure at www.PinkVette.net.
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