A few years ago, the insurance agency that handled my company’s insurance needs was bought by another agency out of Coopersburg. Initially I was worried because the people that previously owned it were excellent, caring people. When the old owner brought the new owner, Alan Sterner of Sterner Insurance, to meet me, it was clear that the pattern of excellence would continue. Alan immediately impressed me as a man of character and someone who cared about people. I had no idea how true that was.
A couple of weeks ago, Alan approached me about possibly assisting them with a charitable event that they had going. I am always a bit apprehensive when approached about donations and rarely donate unless very impressed with the situation. When Alan explained what he was doing, I realized that I had to be part of this. Alan, along with 3 of his friends are driving bicycles across the United States in 9 days!
Their team is called Drew’s Crew and is part of the NF Endurance Team. Drew’s Crew is named for Drew Budlong who suffers from Neurofibromatosis. According to Wikipedia, “Neurofibromatosis (commonly abbreviated NF) is a genetically-inherited disease in which nerve tissue grows tumors (e.g. neurofibromas) that may be harmless or may cause serious damage by compressing nerves and other tissues.”
When someone that you respect and admire is committing to drive 3000 miles on a bicycle to raise money for a sick child, it is kind of hard to say no to helping out! Alan needed some help on one of his chase vehicles. The vehicle, a 2007 Tahoe which is owned by Alan, needed a few modifications. They needed a power inverter installed, outdoor speakers mounted to the roof, the ability to hook up a microphone to the system and play an iPod through the outside speakers.
Since the vehicle has a true 2 zone system installed from factory, we were able to do all of this without cutting a single wire… the system is completely hidden out of site and removable without a trace of it ever being there. Memphis Car Audio and one of our distributors donated the equipment and Mobile Edge donated all the miscellaneous parts, microphone, and labor. Click on any of the pictures at the bottom of this post to learn more about the project at our Flickr site.
Early this week, a group of college students left PA with all of the chase vehicles headed for California.
I have never promoted a charity before, but please take a moment to read about what this is all about. You can learn more and donate if you want to here.