Car & bike show benefits Newport News Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver
More than 100 cars, trucks and motorcycles rolled into the Todd Stadium parking lot on Sunday, September 10, for the Newport News Sheriff’s Office’s sixth annual Project Lifesaver Benefit Car & Bike Show.
Some of the owners have participated each year; for others, this was their first time attending the show.
The event raised $2,700 for the program, which began in Newport News in 2003. The funds came from entry fees, donations and bids on auction items like signed NFL player photos and gift cards to local businesses.
Sheriff Gabe Morgan selected his favorite for the Sheriff’s Award; other award categories included Best Paint, Best Work in Progress, Best Truck and Best Motorcycle. A Project Lifesaver client also selected his favorite vehicle for the Project Lifesaver Top Pick.
Project Lifesaver helps provide rapid response to save lives and to reduce the potential of serious injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down syndrome, dementia, traumatic brain injury, and other related disorders. Clients wear a tiny transmitter coded with a unique frequency number on their wrist or ankle. If they wander from home, trained and certified deputies get the call. Members enter the individualized frequency number into a receiver to begin a search.
So far this year, NNSO deputies have successfully responded to 11 calls to locate clients and return them safely home.
Fundraisers like this and donations from organizations, businesses and the public ensure Project Lifesaver is free in Newport News for the more than 60 clients currently enrolled.
An escorted motorcycle ride is coming up on Sunday, October 15. This will be the fourth year for the ride, which is also organized by the NNSO and benefits Project Lifesaver.