The PinkVette has generated a lot of green on its recent travels around the Northeast raising money to fight breast cancer.
The specially painted 1984 Corvette has spent the past 18 months as the cornerstone of the “Cruisin for a Cure” campaign that has already raised twice as much money as organizers had anticipated.
“We’re pushing close to $86,000,” says Brian Bair of Bair’s Corvettes. “The original goal was $30,000. It ended up being a nice community effort on the whole project.”
The campaign will come to a close this weekend when the PinkVette will be sold to the highest bidder Saturday during the Cruisin for a Cure Charity Auction at Bair’s Corvettes, 316 Franklin St., Linesville, Pa.
The event will include a car cruise-in, live auction, pick-a-prize auction and 50/50 raffle.
For more information or to donate items for the auction, call Bair’s Corvettes at (814) 683-4223 or visit pinkvette.net.
“I’m grinning like heck right now,” Bair says. “The goal is just to have a great day to cap off this great, successful campaign.” The PinkVette has been constantly on the go throughout the campaign, he says.
“It’s been from Erie to Pittsburgh, all around Pennsylvania and Ohio,” he said. “It’s been to the Crawford County Fair, car shows, horse shows, cruise-ins, the Pumpkin Fest, a lot of different events.”
Besides the obvious financial impact, the PinkVette has made an emotional impact, too, with support group members, caretakers, cancer survivors, and others sharing smiles and shedding tears.
“I got more of a feel for how cancer affects families, relatives and friends,” Bair said. “There are a lot of sad stories and nice, happy memories with that car.”
Since last November, the PinkVette Fund has already helped provide 404 trips to 40 needy patients going to and from treatments, for a total of 15,900 miles, with many more miles expected in the coming years.
“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our community to sponsor the PinkVette,” said Valerie Waid, director at the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute. “Our heartfelt appreciation goes to David Gray, Brian Bair and all of the volunteers who have made our program such an outstanding success.”
Whoever winds up with the PinkVette at the auction will own a car with more than 5,200 names signed on the chassis, as well as an air cleaner autographed by Jay Leno and Arnold Palmer.
“One lady described it as a get well card on wheels,” Bair says. “That fits the bill perfectly.”
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