Youth Programs And Services Expanding In Major Markets Through SEMA Cares Partnership With Austin Hatcher Foundation

  • Expansion Planned For 2017 With SEMA Partners
  • Significant Success In AHF’s 1st Year As SEMA Cares Charity
  • Expansion Plans Coincide With AHF 10-Year Anniversary, ‘Five For Ten’ Fundraising Campaign
  • SEMA Cares Charity Car Displayed At SEMA Show; Slated For January Auction To Benefit AHF

CHATTANOOGA, TENN.(Nov. 3, 2016) – The addition of the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer to the “SEMA Cares” family of charities is serving as a springboard to the future for both organizations, with the partnership resulting in the expansion of unique youth programs and services across the United States, throughout 2017 and beyond.

SEMA Cares (Twitter: #SEMAcares)is a nonprofit organization that brings the performance and specialty-equipment auto industry together to positively impact the lives of others.Since the establishment of SEMA Cares in 2007, the 501 [c](3) organization has raised more than $1 million for charities and nonprofits.

“As an eight-year member of SEMA (#AHFatSEMA), we understand and appreciate the role SEMA plays in the lives of families everywhere,” said Austin Hatcher Foundation President Amy Jo Osborn. “Being under the umbrella of SEMA Cares has been invaluable to our efforts. And we are especially proud to be involved this year as we all commemorate SEMA’s 50th anniversary.”

In the autumn of 2015, the Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Austin Hatcher Foundation joined the list of charities supported by SEMA Cares. Established Dec. 12, 2006, the foundation has provided services to approximately 70,000 individuals across 28 states. The foundation provides its unique services free of charge with nearly 80 percent of its support coming from the automotive and motorsports industries. This year, the foundation has been the beneficiary of SEMA Cares support and through the foundation’s relationship with the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), SEMA Cares helped expand services in 19 markets.

SEMA Cares support is strongly aligned with the beginning of the Austin Hatcher Foundation’s “Five for Ten” fundraising campaign (#5ForTen) aimed at facilitating the expansion of services and the acquiring of a new, permanent foundation home for the operation of those services. The campaign has a base donation request of $5,000 for 10 years, with a variety of other options for donors. The campaign has already generated significant response from both long-time and new benefactors, both corporate and private.

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SEMA CARES/Austin Hatcher Foundation

The foundation’s established services, including its unique Diversionary Therapy Division which involves events at hospitals throughout the United States to visit young cancer patients and their families, will continue to grow with the addition of specialized educational tools used to improve academic and functional life skills.

“Joining the SEMA Cares family has occurred at a perfect time,” Osborn said, “as we work to grow our organization and strengthen our efforts toward fighting the dreaded effects pediatric cancer has on each child, their siblings and the family as a whole.”

As part of this week’s involvement in the 50th anniversary of SEMA, the Austin Hatcher Foundation and SEMA Cares will also have on display, in the Grand Plaza, a completely restored and modified specially-built 1961 Chevrolet Bel-Air 2-door Sport Coupe with a Shafiroff 509 previously owned by SEMA Chairman Doug Evans. The Bel Air (#1hotbelair, #AHFbelair)has been featured in Super Chevy and Hot Rodder magazines. This “SEMA Cares Charity Car” will be auctioned off on Jan. 14 (Lot #s90) at the Mecum Auto Auction in Kissimmee, Florida, to benefit the foundation. For more information,visit http://www.hatcherfoundation.org/hatchsgarage/