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RACE 2017 Luncheon

R.A.C.E. 2017 Luncheon

18 Additional Families will be provided with vehicles thanks to your support. Wheels of Success is so appreciative to Jack Harris of Newsradio 970 WFLA and Deiah Riley of ABC Action News WFTS Tampa Bay for the wonderful job done coannouncing R.A.C.E this year. at Bryan Glazer Family JCC.

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R.A.C.E. Cruise Raffle

Cruise Raffle 2017

Special Thanks to AAA Travel for Supporting Wheels of Success by Providing this Cruise.

Please help us sell out, we're half way there. Only 100 Tickets are being sold at $100 each.

Even if you can't make it to this Friday, April 28th 2017 R.A.C.E. event, you can still win this fantastic cruise and help our families waiting for wheels!

Get your ticket before they SELL OUT by Calling (813) 995-5040 or emailing your information to

Starting Nov 1st-Triad Matching Grant Doubles Your Dollars and Doubles the Wheels through December 31, 2016 up to $10,000!

Triad Matching Grant

Help Us Build 3 Additional Cars before year end

Every donation, no matter how small, will be matched by the Triad Foundation from now until December 31, 2016 up to $10,000 and helps us BUILD-A-CAR for 3 additional working families. Call 813-995-5040 to make a Donation or email

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Tampa Bay Rays Award $5,000 Grant to Wheels of Success and a Total of $140,000 to Local Nonprofits

Tampa Bay Rays Award $5,000 Grant

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays today awarded a total of $140,000 to 28 local nonprofit organizations through the Rays Baseball Foundation Community Fund Grant Program.

The Rays Community Fund Grant Program provides assistance to local nonprofits in the Tampa Bay region. The $5,000 grant is awarded to help support and enhance current programs offered by community-based nonprofit organizations. To date, the Community Grant Fund Program has awarded more than 236 grants to local charities totaling more than $1.2 million.

"The Rays remain committed to serving our community as a leading corporate citizen by investing in the people who make it such a special place to live," said Rays President Brian Auld. "Our support of respected and innovative charitable organizations across Tampa Bay is making a measurable difference in the lives of young people."

For more information on the Rays Baseball Foundation Community Fund Grant, visit

Waiting for Wheels: Shaka

Shaka, an applicant "Waiting for Wheels", is a single mother of 5 children and in desperate need of a vehicle. Two of her children have mental disabilities that require many medical and therapeutic appointments. She struggles daily to get to work and take her children to their necessary appointments. Through no fault of her own, Shaka lost her transportation when she was in a severe auto accident which totaled her vehicle. Her injuries from the accident healed slowly, but she still managed to continue working full time.

A "New to Her" vehicle will help Shaka be able to work more hours earning more money, with the potential of receiving a promotion. Her "Keys to Success" will help her maintain her independence; provide better support and a brighter future for her 5 children. With a "New to Her" vehicle from Wheels of Success, Shaka will also be able to take her children to appointments without the disruption and hours of time the 6 different buses she currently has to take causes.

This hard working mother of 5 is patiently "Waiting for Wheels" while working hard towards a better future for her and her children. Let's work together to get Shaka on the "Road to Success" with a "New to Her" vehicle as soon as possible.

Waiting for Wheels: Melinda
Vehicle for Veterans

Melinda served in the army from 1983 1992 in Germany and Korea feeding her fellow service members. After the military she became homeless but her relentless work ethic and spirit persevered. She obtained housing through the VA HUD/VASH program and has been stable in her own apartment for over a year. Melinda is working full time as a patient caregiver, often taking overnight shifts whenever offered to further help maintain her independence and financial stability. Getting to work is a daily struggle but she persists rain or shine taking 4 buses and riding many hours a day.

Melinda has been patiently waiting for her "New to Her" wheels since Feb but it should not be much longer since we have matched her with a vehicle and a BuildACar sponsor. Wheels will be placing her in a donated low mileage 2001 Acura CL once the repairs have been completed thanks to a grant from DAV Charitable Service Trust.


Waiting for Wheels: Kathy with the Contagious Positive Attitude and Urgent Need for a Vehicle

When Kathy attended our Car Care Class last Saturday we immediately noticed her contagious positive attitude and then discovered the urgency of her situation. She currently resides at Metropolitan Ministries with her children and is working hard and taking as many shifts as she can to be able to move out and get her own place to live. She works as is a medical assistant technician; her job requires her to travel throughout Tampa and Clearwater Beach every day. It is becoming impossible to do her job at all these locations if she has to continue depending on buses. Without a vehicle, she is afraid that she will lose her job working with one of Tampa's most prestigious hospitals. If she loses her job it would be a huge setback in her dream for her family's independence.... A small place of their own furnished by shopping at the Goodwill. All she needs for her dream to become a reality is her "Keys to Success"

Waiting for Wheels: Tanya's Story

Tanya (not her real name to protect her identity) currently resides in a residential program for young girls that are victims of human trafficking. They provide her with basic necessities, as well as treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. Through their Vocational Rehabilitation Services, she has landed a life changing position as an apprentice with a local florist. She works alongside their top designers creating everything from simple nosegays to intricate, formal arrangements.

The only problem is that the bus she takes to work each day drives through her old neighborhood, which is full of prostitutes, drugs and horrific memories. She wants to move on and not look back at her past life. Her dream is to own her first vehicle, and never have to travel through her old neighborhood again.

When Tanya receives her Wheels vehicle, she will be able to do just that. She will be promoted at her job and literally drive away from her past. With her vehicle from Wheels of Success, she may even open her own floral business one day.

Help Tanya by donating today to build-a-car

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Labor Day 2015

Amazon Prime Day

Support Wheels of Success on Prime Day by making your purchases through Amazon Smiles' link.

Amazon Prime Day

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Wheels of Success Receives 16 Cars on Queen Latifah Show!

Wish List

Wheels of Success always accepts vehicles, boats and RVs (running or not). We are also currently in need of:

• Auction Items for our upcoming RACE & Hub Cap Awards event • Gas Cards

If you can donate any of the items on our wish list please contact us.