Relay for Life : Cars for a Cure

Powerful, heartwarming and overwhelming at times, last Friday our Relay for Life Team, Cars for a Cure, took part in the Barrington High School Relay for Life event in Rhode Island. Bad weather, with the possibility of thunder storms, couldn’t dampen our spirits as we set up our colorful campsite.

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The atmosphere was palpable. Everyone was there for the same reason: to fight back, one step at a time, against cancer. The event had over 500 people; those affected by cancer, caregivers and survivors. With our fluorescent colored t-shirts and our team name “carsforacure” on our back, we proudly walked to create a world with more birthdays in it.

After the sun set, it was time for the Luminaria Ceremony. Everyone was handed a glow stick and we were told not to crack it until the right time came. We stood on the track and listened to the daughter of the former Principal at Barrington High School speak about the loss of her Dad. Her courage speaking out to so many people about her father’s passing was heartwarming.

When she was finished we were asked to be silent and to listen. We were asked to crack our glow sticks if we were a cancer survivor; a few people cracked their glow sticks. We were asked if we were there for our mom, our dad, our grandparents, and  our friends. Each time we heard more and more glow sticks cracking. The track was alight with glow sticks, and it was overwhelming to hear and see how much cancer affects all of us.

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Relay for Life is a time for people to come together and raise awareness and money to fight against cancer. It was tough and at times we wanted to give up but we kept going. Our team walked all night long, from 6pm to 6am, and we left inspired albeit a little tired!

For the past few months we have been raising awareness and money for our Cars for a Cure Team and last Friday was the culmination of all our hard work coming together. We raised over $2800 for Relay for Life and we had fun doing it. Check out our raffle blog post here.

“When you start a business, it’s hard to know what kind of company you will become, but years later looking around the tent and seeing all of you give up a Friday night in the summer to serve a greater good makes me feel like we are on the right path with our business and our people.” Joseph D. Hearn , President & CEO of Advanced Remarketing Services, Inc.

Advanced Remarketing Services, Inc. acts as agent for the American Cancer Society and runs their Cars for a Cure vehicle donation program. If you are looking for a way to give back to the American Cancer Society think about donating your car today.

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Happy 4th of July from Car Donation Wizard!

Happy Independence day from all of us at Car Donation Wizard! We hope you have a safe and happy holiday!

It’s no secret that we have the best vehicle donors. They have generously supported the great nonprofits we work with through the donation of vehicles like these festive red, white and blue donated cars.

Red:

2003 Subaru Legacy from Boston, MA generously donated to WBUR

1991 Jeep Cherokee donated in Dallas, TX generously donated to the ASPCA

White:

2003 Hyundai Santa Fe from Fort Myers, FL generously donated to the American Cancer Society

1981 Volkswagen Rabbit from Minneapolis, MN generously donated to Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes

Blue:

2005 Suzuki DRZ from Mobile, AL generously donated to V-DAC’s Special Operations Warrior Foundation

1992 Mazda Miata from Newark, DE generously donated to Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes

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Who Do I Donate My Car To?

With the many options you have has a vehicle donor, who do you choose to handle your car donation?

Tax-deductible vehicle donations to nonprofits often increase as the year comes to a close and donors take advantage of the government benefit that reduces their taxes.

But experts caution donors about which organizations should receive their cars, boats or recreational vehicles.

The most important step is to verify that the organization they are giving to is a registered charity, Maryland Comptroller’s Office spokesman Joseph Shapiro said.

“Any on-the-level organization will be happy to provide someone with their federal and/or state tax number that shows they are a registered and recognized organization,” Shapiro said. “If they are reluctant to share a number, people should be wary about contributing if they want to ensure their gift can be listed as a donation.”

A change in the tax law in 2005-2006 reduced the amount of money donors could write off, resulting in fewer donated vehicles in recent years, said Thomas Skaggs, the mission’s director of development. Before the new law, donors could deduct the Kelly Blue Book value of their vehicles. “Right now, you can’t deduct any more than the nonprofit is able to sell the vehicle for,” Skaggs said.

So who do you trust? By asking the right questions at the start, you can find out how your vehicle donation will be handled.

Where are the cars sold?

Who determines where your car, specifically, goes? Is it a person or a computer?

How much does the charity really receive?

Any organization that has trouble answering those questions, needs to be put in the ‘proceed with caution’ bin.

Car Donation Wizard has a team of automotive experts that analyze each and every car received on behalf of their long list of charitable organizations (Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society, Car Talk, UNICEF USA, and more!). Your vehicle is then sent to the best facility for re-sale, earning you a greater tax deduction and more money for your nonprofit. Charities partnered with Car Donation Wizard received 80% of the net proceeds, and proudly run the nation’s highest returning vehicle donation program in the country.

Choose a charity today by clicking here.

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Cool 70’s Car Donations

This 1973 Chevrolet Beauville sport van donated in support of Car Talk. This car was lovingly driven 365,000 miles before being donated.

This 1974 Aro Aerolite was donated in support of Public Radio.

This 1975 brightly colored, neon green Volkswagen Beetle was donated in support of the American Cancer Society through the Cars for a Cure program.

This cool golden 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass was donated in support of Habitat for Humanity in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

 

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