This year marks a milestone year for the internationally known classic car event that is Hot August Nights. As event organizers gear up for the 30th-anniversary main event, its generous 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit arm—the Hot August Nights Foundation—also makes big changes for 2016.
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. In 2015 alone, the organization raised more than $125,000 for 20 area nonprofits, giving scholarships and grants to Lena Juniper Elementary School, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, The Discovery Museum, REMSA’s Bobby’s Bears, Children’s Cabinet and Children’s Miracle Network, to name a few.
“As an event-based organization that has a charitable arm, we have made a commitment to support our fans and community who have championed us for the past 30 years,” said Hot August Nights Executive Director Mike Whan. “In 2007, HAN created the Hot August Nights Foundation to do just that. And, since its inception, we have donated more than $500,000 back to northern Nevada nonprofits.”
At the end of last year, the Hot August Nights Foundation’s board of directors evaluated its giving process to serve more children in 2016. New this year is a $1,000 scholarship program with Washoe County high schools. The money is given directly to each of the 14 high schools and graduating seniors apply directly with their respective school to be considered. These scholarships can be used for any form of higher education, including trade and vocational schools.