The long awaited return of Racing For Kids to the Hill was all the more thrilling and enjoyable this year because of all the obstacles that needed to be overcome to bring it back for its 15th year! Uncertainty over the pandemic, a fire in our building the week before – we had a lot […]
Racing For Kids to the Hill 2018 is now in the history books, but the memories will last a long time. Even though showers and thunderstorms were predicted for almost a week, the day dawned warm with sunshine and just a few clouds.
During the street fair, Kercheval Avenue was filled with young families, older children on bicycles and senior citizens out for a day of fun and excitement. Merchants and businesses participating in the scavenger hunt greeted the scavengers with hot wheels, Frisbees, bubbles, sunglasses and all sorts of other treats. The College for Creative Studies set up an art booth where children got a chance to design and color their favorite form of transportation. Other attractions included the Wayne County Community College fire truck, the Detroit Grand Prix showcar, inflatable games, a toy car race track, music by Whack the Mole and several million dollars worth of exotic cars and other motor vehicles.
In the evening, the festival atmosphere continued with a reception and luxury auction featuring cocktails and gourmet fare from all the district restaurants. Entertainment included music by the Johnny Trudel Band and a demonstration of flying remote controlled cars that delighted the crowd.
Once again the highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2018 Racing For Kids Courageous Kid Awards. The three recipients were Kathleen Sovran – age 14, Delaney McEachin – age 6 and Hudson Brown – age 5. The three were handed their trophies by last year’s recipients, Aidan LaForest – age 14, Dylan Drouillard – age 13 and Riley Slattery – age 8.
Most importantly, the proceeds from the event will stay in the metro Detroit community with direct donations to child healthcare programs including Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, Ascension St. John Providence Children’s Hospital and Henry Ford Health System, as well as to help support our year-long program of bringing celebrity racers to visit hospitalized children across the country.