Last night, I was fortunate to attend the welcome reception and dinner for the 2011 Chevrolet Fireball Run – The Race to Recover America’s Missing Kids. Over the next eight days, 45 teams will make stops in 15 cities across the Southeast raising awareness for missing children. Throughout their journey, each team’s main mission is to distribute 1,000 flyers of a missing child as well as participate in special assignments and interactive games.
The event kicked off in Melbourne, Florida and the teams made stops along the way at Kennedy Space Center and Daytona International Speedway. When the teams arrived at George Moore Chevrolet in Jacksonville, they were surprised to find that the next challenge was to drive mini-remote control Hot Wheels cars around a road course. It sounded easy, but those little cars were fast! Teams were awarded points for their time and I especially loved that all of the Hot Wheels toys were donated to the Pediatric Care program for Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.
There were so many neat cars participating in the event. My husband and I particularly liked the Angel-1 Chevy Camaro (pictured below). This specially designed 2011 Camaro serves as a memorial to the more than 1,000 first responders that lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Each of the cars participating in this year’s Fireball Run also features the flyer of a missing child.
I love that the 2011 Fireball Run focuses on spreading awareness for missing children across the country. Each team was assigned a child from their area, making the cause that much more closer to home for the participants. The teams will travel over 3,500 miles over this next week before reaching their final stop on Sunday, October 2 in Gulfport, Mississippi. I’m excited to see where their next adventure will take them!
To follow the Fireball Run adventures, check out GM in the Southeast on Twitter and the Twitter hashtag #ChevyFBR. Also follow along with GM in the Southeast on Facebook and the 2011 Fireball Run – Team Chevy Facebook page!
** I attended the 2011 Fireball Run reception and dinner as guests of GM in the Southeast. Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own and not influenced by others. **