Life is a highway- Thank you Trans Am Club of America
If you are ever near the Holiday Inn on Presidential Drive in Fairborn, on the 4th weekend of August, you are sure to have heard the roaring of hundreds of Pontiac Trans Am. Over the last 35 years, the Trans Am Club of America Dayton, Ohio Chapter (TACADC) has hosted the one of the largest all-Pontiac shows in the country, the Trans Am Nationals. Cars come from all over the United States and Canada.
Not only is this a fun gathering of Trans Am owners and fans, but the proceeds go towards granting the Special Wish of local children. The Trans Am Club of America has helped to support A Special Wish Foundation Dayton since 1998, and this year hit over $100,000 total contributions through this event.
Car owners compete for trophies in 30 entry classes and there is even A Special Wish trophy where a current Wish Kid gets to look at all of the amazing cars and pick their favorite. The Wish Kid then gets to present the trophy to the car owner of their choice at the awards ceremony. This is a perfect tie in to the Trans Am Nationals event and the benefitting foundation.
“The Trans Am Club of America, Dayton Chapter has been an amazing friend and partner with A Special Wish Foundation Dayton,” said David Seyer, executive director of A Special Wish Foundation. “We are honored, by the members, every year for their dedication to granting wishes to local children battling for their lives against a life threatening illness. Their commitment has now raised over $100K for Special Wishes and have had a positive impact on the children ASW serves.”
This past August, the organization celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the first Trans Am rolling off the assembly line. The celebration of a half-century of the American muscle car, allowed members and spectators alike to reminisce as they walked through the rows of Trans Am and celebrated the milestone '69, '79, '84, '89, '94 and '99 Anniversary cars. Members also had a Thursday night drag-racing at Kil-Kare, DJ, Friday Night Karaoke, Mini-Nat's (hundreds of models, promos and die-cast 'Birds), a Saturday night Tipp City Cruise-In, and parts vendors the entire weekend. There were also appearances and seminars with GM engineers, Designers, Executives and Historians talking about their roles in creating the Firebird! As if that wasn’t enough, the weekend event also includes a 50/50 drawing, silent and live auctions with items such as T-shirts, hats, gift baskets, memorabilia and gift certificates from auto parts vendors.
The Trans Am Club of America, Dayton Chapter (tacadcinc.com,) was officially founded on October 25th, 1978. Approximately 30 people attended this first organizational meeting and there are now over 60 members. The purpose of the Club is to encourage the use and preservation of the Pontiac Firebird/Trans Am. The TACADC has donated to several different charities, including the Moraine Civic Center Family Christmas Fund, Greene County Toys for Tots, St. Joseph’s Children Treatment Center and currently, are supporting A Special Wish Foundation, Inc. Be sure to mark your calendar for August 2020, when the Trans Am once again role into to the area for another exciting weekend.
If you would like to help grant the Special Wish of a local child battling for their life, you can make a donation today at www.aspecialwishdayton.org/donate-now. All funds raised stay here in the Dayton Region benefiting local children.
A Special Wish Foundation-Dayton is the only wish granting organization located in the Dayton region and has been making special wishes come true since 1983. For more information on how you can be a part of granting a local child’s wish, please visit aspecialwishdayton.org or call 937-223-WISH (9474).