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Indianapolis Cars & Coffee Hosts Automotive Events for Important Causes

Screenwriter / Matt Keating
Photographer / Ron Wise

Drew Yagodnik, general manager of Indianapolis Cars & Coffee, says car enthusiasts looking for a relaxing diversion will appreciate the organization, which helps the community.

Indianapolis Cars & Coffee is a national nonprofit organization uniting Indy automobile enthusiasts and accelerating a positive impact on our community,” said Yagodnik. We run monthly events from March to October, all of which are completely free to the public thanks to our amazing sponsors and volunteers. All car enthusiasts are welcome. Simply put, if you love cars – classic, collectible, sports, imported, old, new, and some downright unusual – and/or enjoy being around people of all ages who also love cars, you should stop by. ”

Indianapolis Cars & Coffee also hosts auto shows and raises money for Folds of Honor, another nonprofit.

As a national 501(c)(3), tax-exempt nonprofit organization, Indianapolis Cars & Coffee partners with businesses to host automotive-related events in the greater Indianapolis area that create a safe and memorable experience for everyone, while providing revenue streams for our selected charity,” says Yagodnik. WeWe are proud to donate 100% of event proceeds in 2022 to Folds of Honor Indiana. This includes donations made by our sponsors, attendees, t-shirt sales and more. Folds of Honor is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to children and spouses of military personnel who have fallen or become disabled in service.

Folds of Honor has awarded $35,000 in scholarships for elementary, secondary and higher education since 2007.

In 2022, we hope to raise $50,000 for Folds of Honor Indiana to help them in their mission to help families here in Hoosier State,” says Yagodnik.

Michael L. Daggett, president of Folds of Honor Indiana, has nothing but praise for Cars & Coffee.

Move over baseball and apple pie, there’s a new American craze brewing, and that’s Cars & Coffee,” Daggett says. Early on a Saturday morning, people from all walks of life wake up, start their engines, and come together to share their stories. Since heRight from the start, the cup of coffee provides the fuel for the drivers. Thisa trend that celebrates the automobile while enjoying American freedom that extends far beyond the road.

cars and coffeeDaggett adds that having the Indianapolis Cars & Coffee gang amplify the cause of the Folds of Honor has been great.

Car owners are passionate and patriotic, so giving them an outlet to learn more about our mission brings a whole new community of patriots to our doorstep,” Daggett said. They’ve done an amazing job so far and we’re excited to continue working together.

Yagodnik notes that Indianapolis Cars & Coffee also teams up with local businesses that offer to host events in areas such as Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, Brownsburg and Plainfield.

So far in 2022, each Indianapolis Cars & Coffee event has drawn between 500 and 2,000 cars and spectators, with our busiest event taking place in May at Tom Wood Aviation, hosted by Tom Wood Automotive,” Yagodnik said.

Cars & Coffee, which includes Carmel car enthusiasts, also partners with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum to support monthly Cars & Coffee events.

Yagodnik, who is also vice president of Classic Auto Insurance, says other companies also sponsor Cars & Coffee.

Local and national businesses who are passionate about the automotive community, the Folds of Honor mission and who support organizations that matter to our volunteer staff also offer sponsorships,” he says. A lot of people don’tI don’t know that Indianapolis Cars & Coffee is 100% run by a group of volunteers. These people donate their time and talents to not only run the day of events as well as possible, but to plan, market, score, fundraise, engage and strategize continuously throughout the season. . Our paid sponsors allow us to host amazing events around Indianapolis and donate 100% of our event profits to Folds of Honor Indiana.

cars and coffee2022 Series Sponsors include Hagerty, Motor EV, Pristine Auto Spa, Gary Swift Group with COMPASS Real Estate, Mecum Auctions, SILO Auto Club and Conservancy, Classic Auto Insurance, MOTORVAULT, SignCraft, Kerauno, Jacks Donuts and Java House.

We are also grateful to have a strong list of corporate sponsors including Dynamat, York Automotive, Redline Ace, SupplyKick and Wild Kard Vintage,” said Yagodnik.

What Yagodnik loves the most about Cars & Coffee is the Indy car community and their enthusiasm for every event.

They are some of the liveliest and most loyal people,” he says. They show up rain or shine, always ready to admire the cars and support an incredible cause. ThisIt’s the best way to spend a Saturday morning.

For more information on Indianapolis Cars & Coffee, including a full schedule of events, visit indianapoliscarsandcoffee.org. Also text CARS at 317-458-9729 for event updates.

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