Drift Racing – Part two

In a previous blog blog, we mentioned that the Drop Dead Drift Corporation was holding a fundraiser for Astonished! on July 26.

An update:

We have to say, they came, they saw, they conquered AND overwhelmed us with their generosity!Here, is a truly great group of people looking to get involved and give back to the community.  The day was awesome – the races were entertaining, the people were lovely and even the weather cooperated!  Everyone from Astonished! had a lot of fun and we could tell that everyone else was having a lot of fun, too.  To round out the day, Drop Dead Drift made a donation of $5000 to Astonished!

To our Drop Dead Drift contact Kaylah Zahara and the Drop Dead Drift Guys -the core 4 are Austin Phillips, Justin Schiller, Jon Tougas and Kolton Ryan – as well as all the organizers, participants, volunteers, and spectators, THANK YOU! We cannot say enough great things about you. The same goes for Travis Fehler, Kyle Zimmer, and Dave Rushinko, who partnered with Drop Dead Drift to make the weekend possible. You are all so good. It is because of generous donations like these, that we are able to continue to engage in meaningful research and offer innovative services for young adults with complex physical disAbilities. It makes all the difference.

We encourage everyone out there looking for something interesting to do to check out a Drop Dead Drift event!


*This picture is A! Core Member Kennen Dorgan out for a few laps with her brother Reed and Jessie-Joe Curtis with Odd Man Out Performance of Regina!




Drift Racing

You never know where your connection with Astonished! will take you. Have you ever been to a drift race? While she was a student at the University of Regina, Kaylah Zahara, Drop Dead Drift Team Manager, was introduced to Astonished! by A! Student Researcher Avery Ottenbreit.

Recently Kaylah came to us with the proposal that the Drop Dead Drift Corporation hold a fundraiser for Astonished! on Sunday, July 26, 2015.

Drop Dead Drift has two pro-am drivers who complete in the Spec-D Series in Edmonton, Alberta. They take cars around corners at close to 100 km/hr sideway!  It is exhilarating  to watch and to go for a ride! Drop Dead Drift Corp has numerous events at Kings Park Speedway throughout the summer. Be sure to check them out on Facebook. 

Drop Dead Drift Corp will be accepting Donations for Astonished! at the gate.  Donations of $15.00 and above are eligible for a tax receipt. Proceeds from the day will go to Astonished!  Kings Park Speedway is about 10 km northeast of Regina, on Inland Drive, just north of the Tor Hill and Murray Golf Courses (click link for map). Gates open at 11 am.  The day ends when the drivers run out of tires!!! Gate Fee: $10.00/person 10 and under free!

If this seems like an event you want to experience come join us.

Photo by Tony Koch

Much Ado About Nothing

It is amazing how much chaos you can create through lies, deceit, and not checking your facts. Astonished! Core Members and friends witnessed just such chaos first hand. As guests of the Regina Little Theatre, they attended the dress rehearsal of Much Ado About Nothing. This was William Shakespeare with a twist.  It is mind boggling to even begin to learn all your lines for such a performance and the actors carried it off without a hitch. Thank you to the Regina Little Theatre for sharing the evening with us.

Oh What a Night

March 7th 2015 was full of fun and firsts. Our 3rd Annual fundraiser, Wings on Our Wheels ~ Astonished in Flight  flew in on what seemed like the wings of spring. Guests arrived with happy greetings to one another; the vocal sounds of  songstress Rebecca Lascue filled the room like a summer breeze; the children’s play space was a hum of activity; and everyone took to the silent auction tables like bees to nectar.  The appetizers were both beautiful and delicious; the cupcakes were an art form. We were thrilled to launch the Astonished! Legacy Funds; special thank you to Barbara and Doug Mader, Rebekah Lindenbach, and Harvey Wagner for your part in launching these Funds. Check out the wonderful event photos by Tanys Rae Photography.

Thank you to everyone who made this evening such a great success.

Winter Games Rock

The Astonished Winter Games took on a creative flair under the leadership of sisters Sara and Sam Illerbrun, Kinesiology Students at the University of Regina. The gym was filled with laughter, as participants played crazy games like shaking ping pong balls out of a empty Kleenex box. Oh did we mention the Kleenex box was taped to the players waist like a fanny pack. Oh yes, and the fanny back Kleenex box was on the back, not the front! Some people had a real knack for the shake that was required to get the ping pong balls to fly out. It is great to team with the various University of Regina students who volunteer with Astonished.

3rd Annual Fundraiser

We at Astonished are busy getting ready for our 3rd Annual Fundraiser Wings on our Wheels ~ Astonished in Flight.  We hope you will join us in the fun! Funds raised at this event will help Astonished! continue to offer innovative services and programs.

Saturday March 7th 2015, St. Martin’s Parish Hall
4720 Castle Road, Regina SK
Cocktails, Fundraising, Entertainment 6:30p.m.
Appetizer service7:30 p.m.
Cash Bar
You are invited to join the Core Members for a dance 9:30 p.m.
Per table of 6 $450
Individual ticket $75 (Children aged 11 and under free.)
For Tickets please phone (306-737-9560)
or e-mail Bonnie Cummings-Vickaryous