11-year-old drag racer organizing Shriners fundraiser in Volo
Sammie Scroggin of Antioch is organizing a car show to benefit Shriner's Hospital in Chicago. The benefit will be at the Volo Auto Museum on Sunday, Aug. 16. Organizers expect 150-200 cars to be on display.
Sammie Scroggin began her fundraising career with a lemonade stand when she was 6 years old.
Now 11, Scroggin, of Antioch, is organizing a charity car show to benefit Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago. The show will take place Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Volo Auto Museum.
After Scroggin toured Shriners in February, she said she was "mad and disappointed," at how many kids were there due to spinal injuries caused by not wearing seat belts or wearing them improperly.
Jessica Scroggin, Sammie's mother, recalled Sammie's reaction of immediately wanting to do something to help these kids.
Sammie has had a passion for drag racing since she was little. She frequents auto shows with her father, John, and joined a drag racing team two years ago, competing in children's events.
Wearing a proper harness and being strapped in tightly during racing, Sammie said she did not understand how parents let their children get away with not wearing seat belts.
"Because I only get $5 a week for allowance," Sammie said in a news release, "I am asking for help."
"Sammie's Classic Car Show: Shivers Down the Spine" has been keeping Sammie busy for months. Her goal for the event is to raise $10,000 for Shriner's and to bring awareness about seat belt use to the community.
Money from owners registering their cars, attendees and raffle proceeds will be donated.
"(I want to) get kids to know that they need to wear their seat belts or they're not going to be able to do what they want to do," Sammie said.
Sammie said that organizing this event has taken a lot of time out of her summer, but it was worth it.
"It takes time, but knowing that it's going to be a really fun day and helping people is better than missing a sleepover or birthday party," Sammie said.
Sammie had a lemonade stand when she was 6 to buy Christmas presents for underprivileged children at Mooseheart Child City and School. She ended up raising $1,000.
The Volo Auto Museum is at 27582 Volo Village Road. The show will run from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Car registration begins at 9 a.m.
The event costs $15 to register a classic or specialty car and includes museum entrance. For those who just want to look, cost is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for ages 5-12, free for those under 5 and military personnel in uniform.
Donations for the raffle are currently being accepted and raffle tickets are being sold for $10.
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