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“Congratulations! You’ve reached the Gold level You are now in the Top 0.5% of all the nonprofit organizations on GuideStar. Great work!”
The Children Inn at NIH June 18th, 2019
“… Darth Vadar, also known as Eric Jacobs of the Theresa Sondra Jacobs Foundation, brought his Death Star Hummer H1, equipped with a custom-built laser smoke machine as well as Star Wars giveaways and toys for children staying at The Inn.”
December 2018 Front Porch Living magazine
September, 2018 Loudoun Tribune
Check out the ad on page 29 in the Loudoun Tribune for Cookies For Kids Cancer September 15th event – 10 -2pm
August 16th, 2018 Loudoun Now
… Down the road at Dulles Cars and Coffee, organizer Eric Jacobs has turned his passion into a mission. Jacobs started the meetup in 2015 at a South Riding Dunkin’ Donuts, inspired in part by his beloved 1968 Camaro. The group soon began doing benefit events for a range of nonprofits, and last year, Jacobs took things a step further, launching a charitable foundation in honor of his late mother.
“Our cars and coffee opened up as something for people who love cars to go see other people’s projects, and it actually turned into an opportunity to do great things for organizations,” Jacobs said. “It spring-boarded into something bigger.”
Inspired by his mother, Theresa, who died last year, Jacobs merged his lifelong love of Star Wars and his passion for cars, launching the Theresa Sondra Jacobs Foundation and its Star Wars Rides program. The programs bring Jacobs’ super cool Star Wars-themed vehicles and costumed characters to events and fundraisers providing a fun experience for children and adults with cancer and serious illnesses or disabilities, along with disadvantaged young people.
Jacobs, who lives in Aldie, has transformed his beloved 1968 Camaro into an earthbound version of an X1 Tie Fighter and has modified a Hummer H1 into a rolling Death Star, complete with a turbo laser, smoke and sound effects. Star Wars Rides’ next event is the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer benefit Sept. 15 in Aldie.
Jacobs also shows up every Sunday for the 7 a.m. Dulles meets, usually in that beautiful black Camaro.
“We are open to everyone who has something they want to bring to a car show—from antiques Model Ts to the latest super cars and everything in between,” Jacobs said. “Everything with wheels and a steering wheel—gas, diesel, even electric—and people who have a passion for vehicles like I do. The car community is amazing.”
Revival of the Machine – July 2018
Photos by Steve Johnson Instagram: @stvdc and M.A. Jafari Instagram @m.a_jafari
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