BMW established the BMW CCA Foundation in 2002 that is chartered to preserve the history of the BMW and to educate young drivers of any vehicle with real-world driving situations through a hands-on national Street Survival Program. BMW created three programs to accomplish this mission. First there is a Library, Archives and Museum Program to serve as a repository for all BMW related historical documents, literature, brochures and articles. Secondly, a Preservation and Restoration Program designed to safely maintain these objects so that they can remain accessible to enthusiasts. And lastly, the Street Survival Teen Driving Safety Program that is designed to take young drivers and put them into real street situations they may encounter in everyday driving. If they happen to encounter one of these situations outside the controlled environment, they may possibly avoid an accident. (Editor’s note: Please see article “This is Why I Like Weekends” elsewhere in this edition of the Gesundheit)
This is an exciting time for the Foundation. Construction has begun on the new state-of-the art facility to house the over 50,000 objects from the Library and Archives and create space to accommodate up to 20 cars and other displays significant to the history of the BMW CCA and BMW in America. This building will be located next to the BMW Performance Center in South Carolina. The Foundation has raised 25% of the contributions needed toward its ultimate goal of $7 Million and there are 2 programs that they’ve established to raise additional funding:
Amazon Smile Program – On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), follow the instructions to select ”BMW Car Club of America Foundation” as your designated charity before you begin shopping, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Foundation. AmazonSmile remembers your charity so that every time you log in the donation is automatically made. It’s an easy way to donate.
Brick Sponsorship – You can sponsor a brick to be used to pave the walkways at the new facility. Starting at $50 each, the Brick Program is an affordable way to support the establishment of the new facility by donating to the current capital campaign, and most importantly, leave a lasting legacy of your love for BMA and the CCA. With more than 100 art files, you can choose your favorite BMW silhouette, chapter logo, or other BMW CCA-related designs to convey your personal message to visitors. All you need to do is follow the instructions at the online web page at www.fundraisingbrick.com/bmwccafoundation that allow you to virtually design your brick and see exactly what it will look like once engraved. And all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. How cool is that?
Gift a Brick. A meaningful gift to a fellow BMW fan, brick certificates are available for purchase through the Foundation office ([email protected]) or (864) 329-1919) or you can design a brick and the Foundation office will send the recipient a rendering of the brick for their records with a gift message from you.
Many chapters are implementing incentives to encourage their members to purchase bricks. As an added incentive from the St. Louis Chapter, for every brick purchased by one of our members, our chapter will donate $50 to the Ride on St. Louis Charity, up to a total donation of $500. In turn, the charity will receive a matching donation from BMW CCA, so this is a win-win donation for all involved.
Our goal is to see our chapter represented on the pathways of the new facility. The more bricks that your fellow chapter members purchase the larger the footprint our chapter will have at the new facility.
We hope you will join us in paving the way for the future of the Foundation and our long lasting legacy as BMW owners and enthusiasts. Thank you in advance for your support of both the AmazonSmile and Brick Programs.
BMW CCA Foundation
190 Manatee Court
Greer, South Carolina 29651-6701
Provided by Carol Gardner