Zippy’s Crusade makes its return

INLET - The seventh annual Zippy’s Crusade For Kids charity snowmobile ride will take place Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, at The Ole Barn in Inlet. The event’s founders, Greg and Nan Zipadelli, are fueling up to make it one of the best rides so far.

Zippy’s Crusade For Kids will begin at 5 p.m. Friday evening with a meet and greet, autograph signing, hors d’oeuvres and raffles. The local favorite band Showtime will take the stage at 9 p.m.

The snowmobile ride will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, following a brunch at 10 a.m. The event will conclude at the Ole Barn Saturday evening with a buffet dinner, raffles, silent and live auctions and presentation of checks.

Zippy’s Crusade For Kids is a not-for-profit founded by the Zipadellis to raise funds through community events to donate to help kids in need. A special part of the festivities Saturday evening is the presentation of the donations, which are kept under wraps until then.

“I will tell you, we have three area families who will be special guests and recipients of donations,” said Nan Zipadelli.  

“The 2012 Zippy’s Crusade For Kids allowed us to donate much-needed funds to some local families and great organizations and families, including the Shiners Hospitals for Children, the National Transplant Assistance fund, Motor Racing Outreach and the Children’s Homes of Iredell County,” she added.

Arctic Cat Inc. will return this year as the main ride sponsor and will provide snowmobiles for the celebrities to ride. The event’s title sponsor this year is Eldora Speedway.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.crusadeforkids.