The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) California RV Show was presented with the Orange County American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Top Third Party Event award during the group’s 2013 Volunteer & Sponsor Awards Celebration on Dec. 4, at the Yost Theater in downtown Santa Ana. According to a press release, RVIA was honored for helping to raise awareness of diabetes through the guest appearance of Bret Michaels at the event last October.
“The whole idea of Bret Michaels coming to the show was to promote the advocacy of the American Diabetes Association,“ said RVIA Western Show Director Tom Gaither. “While Bret greeted our guests at the show, we pledged the gate proceeds from one day at the show to the ADA.”
During his appearance, Michaels introduced two brothers with Type 1 diabetes. The boys, 9-year-old Aiden and 13-year-old Cullen Darius, are youth ambassadors and have a daily monitoring of their sugar and carbohydrate levels, sometimes as much as eight times per day. Their dream of meeting Bret Michaels was realized at the California RV Show. The meeting was arranged by the Orange County American Diabetes Association and George Carson of Carson Marketing, in conjunction with the show.
At the Orange County ADA’s annual dinner awards ceremony, Gaither presented a check representing the gate proceeds as planned. Tom received a glass award on behalf of RVIA for being the Top Third Party fund raiser event of the year. The evening concluded with promoting next year’s events which will raise funds to stop diabetes which is the laudable goal of American Diabetes Association.