I was going to write about the June 4th Touch-a-Truck event to benefit childhood cancer research anyway, but finding out this morning that the world’s best dad (mine!) has lymphoma makes this article even more of a priority. We’re all touched by cancer sooner or later, which is an additional reason to attend this unique event.
I showed my 3-year-old son some photos from the Touch-a-Truck website, and from that moment on he’s been asking when he can go to the car show. He doesn’t understand that the event is held in the memory of Max Mikulak who was diagnosed at age three with stage IV, high-risk neuroblastoma and died from the disease nearly four years later. All he knows is that there are going to be lots of cool cars and trucks and “green army men” there, and based on his excitement, I think this will be an adventure that rivals Disneyland!
The word on the street is that last year’s event had long lines that moved slowly, and that’s true according to Max’s mom and event coordinator, Melissa. That concern is being addressed with the creation of a new volunteer position called Vehicle Concierge (VC). “VC’s will be assigned to each vehicle to assist the owner as needed, keep a line queued, to keep the line moving, and to remind our littlest guests to be careful and respectful when inside the vehicles,” Melissa says. “We have also added an additional hour to the event, and are working our hardest have more vehicles on hand to spread the love around a little more.”
The 3rd Annual Touch-a-Truck event will be held at Torrey Pines High School on June 4, 2011 from 10am-3pm.
Some things worth mentioning about the event according to Melissa…
· Our men in uniform will join us again this year with an awesome camo-inspired display.
· We will have an off-road go-kart on display courtesy of a four year old cancer warrior who is excited to be bringing his own display vehicle.
· Our raffle this year will be drawn every hour to enable folks who arrive and leave early a chance to win!
· We have a couple of big Auction items this year: “Free Parking in Del Mar for 1 Year” and “Rescue Boat Ride” for 12 kids courtesy the Del Mar Lifeguards.
· Sarah Jayne Photography will have a photo booth set-up to take beautiful photos of the little ones in antique pedal cars.
· LUNCH! We will have five vendors onsite for the lunch hours! Four gourmet food trucks and an open-grille trailer will be cooking up lunch for adults and kids alike.
· This entire event is made possible by very generous sponsors, a team of dedicated volunteers, and extremely nice and giving vehicle owners.
· 100% of the funds donated at Touch-A-Truck go directly to childhood cancer research.