While the classic car event that is Hot August Nights has become world-renowned over the past nearly 30 years of its existence, knowledge of its generous 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit arm—the Hot August Nights Foundation (HANF)—isn’t always as wide-spread. Each year, the organization secures and distributes tens of thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise to help children in the community that are in need, or considered at-risk.
This December alone, multiple dates will feature HANF volunteer member efforts assisting with fellow community organizations. Volunteer members are hosting an Ice Cream Social for students with perfect attendance at Lena Juniper Elementary School on Dec. 10, dropping off thousands of dollars worth of toys to Toys for Tots and the Washoe County Sheriff’s “Christmas on the Corridor” on Dec. 12 and 14, giving away beanies and warm sweatshirts to all of the children at Lena Juniper on Dec. 17 and shopping at Kohl’sâ for 20 at-risk children with the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows on Dec. 18.
“Many people don’t realize that Hot August Nights Foundation is a separate entity from Hot August Nights—it’s a volunteer-member organization that works year-round to raise money and resources for children in our community,” exudes Hot August Nights Executive Director Mike Whan. “The volunteer group works diligently to ensure that in need or at-risk children in northern Nevada are given the resources they need to succeed in life.”
Giving during the holiday season is fitting, but throughout the rest of 2015 financial assistance was given not just to those organizations listed as December’s recipients, but approximately 20 others in the community. More than $120,000 has been provided by the Hot August Nights Foundation to nonprofits such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada, The Discovery Museum, REMSA’s Bobby’s Bears, Children’s Cabinet, Children’s Miracle Network, Northern Nevada Food Pantry, Sun Valley Elementary School and Washoe Inspire Academy, just to name a few.