Simon Wehr, Chip Foose & James Wehr at South OC Cars and Coffee Charity Fundraiser for Amy’s Depot April 17, 2021.
On Saturday, April 17th, Foose appeared at the world’s largest weekly car show, South OC Cars and Coffee, in San Clemente, to help launch his new charity, Amy’s Depot, in memory of his sister, Amy Foose, who died at the age of 16 of a rare genetic disease.
Thousands of Foose fans and auto enthusiasts turned out to meet and greet Foose, view classic and custom hot rods and exotic cars, and help raise tens of thousands of dollars for the charity.
Foose spent the day signing autographs, custom-designed tee-shirts and original artwork and posed for photos, interacting with his generous fans, who made purchases and donations supporting the charity. Foose also checked out a number of the cars and in-progress builds, sharing advice and encouragement.
South OC Cars and Coffee brought in the cars, with volunteers selling tee-shirts and taking donations, and Rockwell’s Café & Bakery served the coffee and delicious food. Both donated a portion of all proceeds from the day’s events and sales to support Foose’s charity, Amy’s Depot.
RUBITON™ Pain Relief was another event sponsor, kicking off Foose’s goal to donate almost $500,000 in free pain relief to help “stop the pain and start the cure” supporting Amy’s Depot. Car show attendees received a free tube of the new FDA cleared drug-free pain relief cream. Free giveaway donations of the pain relief cream have also been made to children’s organizations, homeless shelters and veteran’s groups in Southern California in support of Amy’s Depot.
Amy’s Depot co-founder and RUBITON™ founder/owner, Georgia Benson, organized the event with Foose. She and Foose took time to view one giant build. Owner Brandon Wilcox and the team from Trail Benders Overland gave Foose and Benson an up-close look at their massive M-35 Alpha Deuce military vehicle off road Gladiator style build.
The Foose family also turned out to support the charity launch, with Foose’s mother, Mrs. Terry Foose, coming in from Arizona, and sister, Jodi Foose, an event sponsor for Rockwell’s Café & Bakery. Dozens of “Amy’s Angels” volunteers of all ages helped raise funds for Amy’s Depot, selling tee-shirts, taking donations, and passing out free pain relief cream from RUBITON™.
Amy’s Depot was founded to raise funds and awareness for Progeria, or “Rapid Aging Disease,” the rare, painfully debilitating, terminal childhood disease that took the life of Foose’s youngest sister, Amy, and to help make the world a pain-free place for all!
The South OC Cars and Coffee car show attracts thousands of car enthusiasts and hypercars, supercars, exotics, vintage, classic, muscle and sports cars, hot rods, rat rods, pickups, 4×4’s and motorcycles every week, rain or shine. No registration is required, and spectators are welcome. The show takes place every Saturday from 9am to 11am at The Outlets, 101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa San Clemente!
“We couldn’t be happier to help support Chip in this worthy cause, said Simon Wehr, Co-Founder of South OC Cars and Coffee. “This was one of our biggest and best car show events ever,” said Simon Wehr, Co-Founder of South OC Cars and Coffee. “My son, James and I, hope this is the first of many fundraising events with Chip and South OC Cars and Coffee to support Amy’s Depot for years to come.”
Foose is the youngest member ever inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame in 1997 at age 31. Honored with over 30 prestigious automotive awards, in his 30+ years in Automotive Design, Foose has designed and built over 170 automotive dreams, including internationally known vehicles. Today, he continues to design and build automotive masterpieces.
Foose drove one of his famous rebuilds to the event, the classic black Ford pick-up that belonged to his father, who recently passed in November 2018, famed auto designer, and Santa Barbara custom car builder, and Foose’s personal mentor, Sam Foose.
“What we’re doing here today, we’ve got some really cool cars here, and we’re doing a really cool thing for some really cool kids.” said Foose. “Amy’s Depot is a nonprofit organization that we put together to raise some money for kids who need help. I had a sister named Amy who passed away in 1985. And she had a disease called Progeria, which is Rapid Aging… But she had a heart the size of America… And she touched a lot of lives. … And our goal is to raise some money and help the kids that help us to realize how lucky we are.”
ABOUT CHIP FOOSE:
For more on Chip Foose and Foose Design, visit www.ChipFoose.com
ABOUT AMY’S DEPOT:
To support Amy’s Depot and learn more about the terminal childhood disease, Progeria, visit www.AmysDepot.org
ABOUT SOUTH OC CARS AND COFFEE:
For information on the world’s largest weekly car show and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.SouthOCCarsandCoffee.com
ABOUT ROCKWELL’S BAKERY & CAFÉ:
For more on the cakes and café, or for a reservation, call 949-799-2020 or visit www.rockwellsbakery.com
Chip Foose greets fans and their cars, large and small, signing autographs in support of Amy’s Depot.
RUBITON™ Owner/Amy’s Depot Co-Founder, Georgia Benson, Chip Foose & Chad Shreiber in the M-35 AD.
Thousands of cars and fans turn out at South OC Cars and Coffee to support Chip Foose fundraiser for Amy’s Depot.