By Cayley Garcia
Support a non-profit that is making a difference in Las Vegas! It’s Teen Challenge — battling addiction in our community.
On Sunday, April 23, Teen Challenge Las Vegas held its annual Las Vegas Car Show to raise money for this faith-based organization that has been transforming lives for many years.
Many car enthusiasts filled the street to feast their eyes on the vast array of cars and trucks, both old and new. The Kidz Zone area of the car show was a special treat that was available to “kidz” of all ages; they were able to play in the bounce house, take a pony ride, and enjoy the goats, bunnies and chickens up close and personal.
There were jewelry-makers on hand, selling their handmade specialty adornments to any and many who stopped by their table. They added a little note of intrigue for the kids who stopped by, offering them a chance to guess how many heartstones were in a vase on their table; as a prize, winners received a piece of jewelry that pleased their young eyes.
I spoke to Randy and Julie Sweet, the couple behind the “Hawg Dawg” one of the food vendors there. “We are all about having fun and serving good food that is affordable for an average income family at all our events” said Randy. They were fully equipped for a good time, even brought a beautiful jukebox. I definitely will be keeping them in mind for the next event that I am involved in.
In addition to all the good food available, their BBQ trailer also caught your attention; it was fully equipped for a party, including a beautiful jukebox. I definitely will be keeping them in mind for the next event that I’m involved in.
There were the ever-popular raffles, which are always fun, but many looked forward to the awarding of the ten beautiful glass trophies given out to the ten participants with the best cars and trucks.
I saw some well known faces among those present — even as part of the event — such as Barry Meguair of Meguair’s Inc., and Host of Car Crazy. Richie Clyne, of the Imperial Palace and owner of the Las Vegas Speedway, joined the crowd as well.
Teen Challenge was founded over 50 years ago by Reverend David Wilkerson. Since 1958, there have been 800 centers opened worldwide. Teen Challenge has continued to touch hurting people worldwide, bringing recovery to those trapped in addiction. The Teen Challenge residential program continues to be one of the largest and most effective substance abuse recovery and prevention programs of its kind.
David Davis, one of the Directors of Las Vegas Teen Challenge, welcomed everyone and introduced some of the guest speakers that were there to help raise awareness and gain supporters. The speeches were amazing. Barry gave an engaging speech to all the attendees at the event, given his long relationship with Teen Challenge. Barry sits on the Board for Teen Challenge International so he has seen firsthand where the money is spent.
“Teen Challenge is successful because it is a selfless organization that is focused on the personal needs of every addict it touches,” said Barry. During his speech he referred to needing to see ROI’s (return on investment), and he told us the ROI he receives from donating to Teen Challenge for all the years he has is knowing and seeing what Teen Challenge does for our communities and for those who were suffering in addiction. Even though he has never had a drink or touched drugs in his life, he stands strongly aside his decision to continue to donate.
Nick Hernandez from Teen Challenge also gave his testimony. And Chris Garcia of Radio Tribune, “Chris Garcia Conservative American,” spoke about his belief in the Teen Challenge program. He spoke about “Miracle Mondays” — his Monday shows, which are dedicated to Teen Challenge. Robert Farmer, Frank Garcia and many others from Teen Challenge have shared their testimonies on air and talked about the program. You can tune in to Radiotribune.com on Mondays at 1 p.m. to witness God’s work in action.
It was a fun event with a great turnout, and I can’t wait for it to come around again next year. Since it’s all about helping the cause of teen addiction, If you didn’t get a chance to donate, you can go to http://teenchallenge.net/blog/cash-donations/.