Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation Inc, Melbourne, FL :
Over 20 years ago, in 1993, the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation partnered with AJ Hiers, a prominent local car dealer, to create an annual car drawing/barbeque fundraising event.
In its early years, the car drawing was held at the Boniface Hiers car dealership and the winner had the opportunity to pick any new car of their choice from the dealer lot. A barbeque was held in conjunction with the drawing to both thank the supporters of the fundraiser and also add a festive touch to the occasion.
Several years later, in 1998, Mr. Hiers decided to give away a classic car, rather than a new car, to both gain more attention for the event and to boost ticket sales.
From a small, local county based fundraiser, the ALZ/BBQ event has grown into a nationwide/worldwide fundraising event. By reaching out across the USA via our internet website, national auto collectors magazine ads, and hundreds of statewide and regional auto shows, the Alzheimer’s Foundation has been able to make this event a nationwide fundraising success story … never losing track of its intended purpose– helping tens of thousands of people suffering from Alzheimer’s and related diseases.