The Soda Works and Muscle Car Workout Auction Items
to Provide Nearly 100k in Proceeds to the Boy Scouts of America
December 22, 2009, Walla, Walla, Washington & New Smyrna Beach, Florida:
The Soda Works – the Washington state-based manufacturer of baking soda blasting equipment and media distributor – and Muscle Car Workout – the television show based on the premise of a step-by-step process highlighting various makes and models of cars in the “muscle car” era – today announced that they are working together to provide the Boy Scouts of America Central Florida and Occoneechee Councils with nearly 100k in proceeds from the auctioning of a Buster Blaster (The Soda Works) and restored vintage Chevy truck (Muscle Car Workout).
Both items will be auctioned during Barrett-Jackson’s Collector Car Event which runs from January 18-24, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona; the event is televised on Speed Channel. Last year, Muscle Car Workout donated a vintage car which sold for $50,000 and, as Barrett-Jackson waives buyer and seller premiums for charities, the entire 50k benefited the Boy Scouts.
“This is a great event for everyone concerned,” says Alan Goldstein, host of Muscle Car Workout. “We’re pleased to be participating again and are donating a 1968 1/2 ton V8 Chevy Pickup with a long bed and factory air. More, we’ve introduced Joe Alexander of The Soda Works to the charity and the auction in hopes that he’d participate. It turns out he’s generously donating a complete Buster Blaster mobile soda blasting unit (and the soda that’s required to operate it) that we’ll tow on stage with the truck. The best part is that this puts a value of $90,000-$100,000 for our combined donation,” continues Goldstein.
Baking soda blasting cleans all types of delicate equipment and surfaces, eliminating sanding, soaking,scrubbing and is a replacement for destructive abrasive sand blasting. It is gaining in popularity for stripping antique cars, trucks, trailers, containers, heavy equipment; graffiti removal, surface rust removal and stain elimination. It is also used to clean wood and masonry, remove grease and oil, clean aluminum and stainless steel, sanitize food processors, and for mold remediation and fire restoration.
“Muscle Car Workout brought us this idea about supporting the Boy Scouts by donating one of our diesel-powered Buster Blaster units which they’ve had a lot of experience with as they use it on the show and I thought ëwhat a great way to make the equipment available while supporting a worthy cause’,” says Joe Alexander, founder of The Soda Works and inventor of the equipment. “It turns out that the Boy Scouts and I have a passion for the environment so being able to support them as they celebrate their 100th Anniversary makes even more sense,” says Alexander.
The Buster Blaster Unit – and a full pallet of soda, the medium used in the baking soda blasting process – which The Soda Works is donating is valued at roughly $45,000. More, Joe Alexander is suggesting that the purchaser may want to become a Soda Works Contractor. To this end, he will provide the necessary support to establish the bidder in the marketplace.
Behind every worthy charitable undertaking are people with a passion for the program they support and, in the case of the Occoneechee and Central Florida Councils, the spark for the donations are Lonnie and Carol Poole. Lonnie Poole, a North Carolina entrepreneur, founder of Waste Industries and developer of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University has enjoyed a 58-year affiliation with the Scouts having become an Eagle Scout in 1951. He has served in numerous executive functions for the Scouts over the years and earned their prestigious Silver Beaver Award.
“Due to my involvement with Muscle Car Workout, a few years ago, Barrett-Jackson approached us about donating a car for charity to their prestigious Scottsdale auction. I told them that I wanted the proceeds to go to a charity that my wife, Carol, and I could support, namely the Boy Scouts and specifically the Council I’m involved in,” says Poole. “On the heels of the success of last year’s event, I am pleased that this year, two Councils will realize substantial proceeds from the continuing involvement of Muscle Car Workout and, now, The Soda Works. Having both involved means that meaningful checks will be written in support of the Occoneechee and Central Florida Councils,” he continues.
Speaking on behalf of the Raleigh, North Carolina-based Occoneechee Council, Rod Frankel, its President comments, “The Boy Scouts of America is celebrating 100 years of providing educational, physically active outdoor programs for the youth of our country. To fund these activities, Scouting relies on the donations of those who strongly believe in the movement – corporate executives, Friends of Scouting contributors, former Scouts and their families. The Soda Works and Muscle Car Workout are two extraordinary examples of Friends of Scouting. Their generosity will help fund summer camp programs, leadership training, outdoor experiences, environmental education and character building exercises. Scouting changes the lives of our nation’s youth in a positive way. We thank our supporters for their contributions and for their belief in the values of the Boy Scouts of America.”
About The Soda Works
The Soda Works is the only national manufacturer of Buster Blaster, the original mobile soda blasting unit developed in 1997. Soda blasting is applicable to automotive, food processing, marine, road and highway maintenance and any other category where high pressure techniques are required. The Soda Works distributes Natrium Products—the preferred soda blast media—as well. It is a subsidiary of A&A Autobody, Inc. and dates back to the Alexander Motor Company, founded in 1937.
About Muscle Car Workout
Muscle Car Workout is a quality television production designed to provide an educational and entertaining program informing its viewers on rebuilding “muscle cars.” The show is based on the premise of a step-by-step process highlighting various makes and models of cars in the “muscle car” era.
Cars are restored beyond their original condition, including incorporating the latest suspension, new technology electronics, brand-new paint and brakes. This is all done using environmentally friendly materials.
The mission of Muscle Car Workout is to assist the novice—as well as the experienced car buff—to rebuild their cars based on the information provided in the television program, videos and website.
Muscle Car Workout is produced in a high definition digital environment in conjunction with WDSC-TV, the PBS affiliate that serves the Daytona Beach area; it is distributed among PBS stations in at least 60% of the national PBS markets
About Boy Scouts of America
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
The Scout Oath: On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
The Scout Law: A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.
The Scout Motto: Be Prepared
About BSA Occoneechee Council
Occoneechee Council serves twelve counties in North Carolina and is the state’s premier youth program focused on character and leadership development based on the values contained in the Scout Oath, Law and Motto. The council achieves its objectives by offering an exciting program centered upon outdoor experiences that include participation in high and extreme adventures under the leadership of trained and skilled adult leaders.
Through these experiences Scouts:
- Develop as responsible, ethical young people
- Are instilled with the values expressed in the Scout Oath, Law and Motto
- Are trained in citizenship, service and leadership
- Serve the communities in which they live
- Prepare themselves for a lifetime of contribution and leadership in our society.
About the Central Florida Council
The Central Florida Council serves over 55,000 the youth in Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties. Our mission is to foster a culture of teamwork and respect guided by shared values to strengthen families and develop leaders. www.cflscouting.org
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