John Gullo came on the show to talk to us all about the events at Ogden's Hot Rockin' Fourth.
Ten years ago John Gullo and his son had an idea to create a 4th of July event for Ogden. A demolition Derby and Fireworks was what was presented in 2000. In 2001 they added local entertainment and made it a charity event. In 2002, it was expanded again and a Family Entertainment Plaza was added. When July 4th fell on a Sunday it became a two day event with the Demolition Derby on Saturday with Sunday being free featuring a Patriotic Video Show and Fireworks with local entertainers.
Attendance has averaged over 13,000 each year with up to 20 non profits providing over 600 to 800 volunteers each year to staff the event. The charities receive $10 for each volunteer hour provided as a base contribution. That has averaged almost $ 15,000 per year. The excess funds raised each year are paid out as additional contributions. In 2008, the key charity partners began making the decision on how to disperse the excess funds. Then more than $42,000 was donated to the charities participating. The event has given to charity $600,000 over the last nine years. This money has been raised and donated by the American Dream Foundation to its participating non profits. This year even with the loss of all its auto dealership sponsors and cut backs by others sponsors do to the economy it is estimated that the event will produce an estimated additional $20,000.
Also there are non profits like the Ogden Rescue Mission that are vendors who raise additional funds for their efforts.
Charities that have participated over the years are: Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Prevent Child Abuse Utah, Wasatch Church Youth Group, Ogden Rescue Mission, Enable Industries, Children's Justice Center, Treehouse Museum, Bonneville High Football team, Roy High Wrestling team, Roy High Baseball team, American Red Cross, Weber/Davis Boys & Girls Club, H'IRE, Crossroads Christian Youth Group.
We have created an event "Of the People, By the People and for the People" and we host the largest Demolition derby in the Western united Sates. Over 50 entries this year of which 35; including the winner, were from out of state Drivers from California, Washington, Wisconsin, Illinois, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming and all over the state of Utah. John A. Gullo, Trustee of the American dream Foundation stated that Stirrin' Dirt Racing puts on a great show for us and it is why we draw the crowds we do.
For more information, visit:WWW.AMERICANDREAMFOUNDATION.COM