‘Valkyrie Road Warriors’ Riding For Austin Hatcher Foundation On Fundraising Initiative, Via ‘Hot Rod Power Tour’

  • Hot Rod Magazine’s 8-Day, 7-City Event Starts Saturday, Runs Through June 13
  • Valkyrie Road Warriors Raising Money For AHF Via Per-Mile Donations
  • Valkyrie Road Warriors To Participate In 3 AHF Diversionary Therapy Visits Next Week

CHATTANOOGA, TENN.(June 4, 2015) – The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer will be the beneficiary this month of a fundraising initiative by the “Valkyrie Road Warriors,” a group of dedicated female automobile enthusiasts who also share an enthusiasm for the Foundation.

The Valkyrie Road Warriors are participating in the 21st Hot Rod Magazine “Hot Rod Power Tour,” a seven-city, 1,509-mile trek – it’s called “the world’s largest road trip” – that starts Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin and ends June 13 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This will mark the Warriors’ first Hot Rod Power Tour; they are calling the debut “driving for a cause.”

The Warriors have collectively rebuilt a 1969 AMC AMX for the Power Tour; eight members of their group will take turns driving and riding the AMX during the event. Next week, several members of the Warriors also will join the Austin Hatcher Foundation on three of the Foundation’s unique Diversionary Therapy visits to children’s hospitals. Visits are scheduled for June 8 at St Louis Children’s Hospital, June 10 at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham and June 12 at our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. The Foundation’s Diversionary Therapy Division is designed to provide young patients and their families a respite from the day-to-day challenges of a battle against cancer, with a day of motorsports-themed fun. A regular feature of the Foundation’s hospital visits are the building and racing of Pinewood Derby cars, an activity of construction and competition involving patients, siblings and their parents.

This partnership has its origins in 2010 when the Foundation was the official charity of the Hot Rod Power Tour, which annually attracts more than 3,000 participants. But it’s also linked to the friendship between Foundation President Amy Jo Osborn and President of JR Products, Susan Carpenter, who is leading the Warriors’ Power Tour debut.

“The Warriors thought, ‘What better way to raise money for the Foundation?’” said Osborn. “We are very fortunate to be affiliated with a group such as this one, which is taking the Foundation’s long-standing link to motorsports and automobile enthusiasts into new territory.”

Added Carpenter: “I’ve always thought the greatest gift you can give, is giving of yourself. And to able to give back to such an amazing organization as the Foundation … these are great people and we just want to help as much as we can.”

Others registered as Valkyrie Road Warriors are: Co-Owner of Cool Hand Customs, Amy Fitzgerald; Miss Hot Rod 2015, Kristian Mill; President of Thunder Valley Motorsports, Karen Salvaggio Ed.D; and more.

For information on making donations for the Valkyrie Road Warriors’ ride on the Hot Rod Power Tour, go to http://www.hatcherfoundation.org/roadwarriors/. For more information on the Valkyrie Road Warriors, visit http://www.warriorprojects.com/.