Hope Wheels, Reno Aces host fundraiser for local nonprofit

They’re selling fast, and tickets to support Hope Wheels at the Reno Aces must be purchased through this QR code by Friday, July 12.

Next Sunday afternoon, baseball fans can catch an exciting contest between the Reno Aces, Pacific Coast League West contenders (10-1 as of July 6), and the Round Rock Express (third place PCL East (5-6 as of July 6), and help support Hope Wheels, a local Susanville nonprofit, at the same time.

That’s right — Hope Wheels and the Reno Aces offer a special fundraiser to benefit Hope Wheels at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Greater Nevada Field in Reno, Nevada.

Tim Trivett, right, and his son Mason Gonzales, 11, share their second Guinness Book World Record with the Susanville City Council last year.

So what is Hope Wheels?
What do you get when you put together a father, a son, a dear old family friend, a love of Hot Wheels, a Guinness Book of World Records award and a desire to share the love of those things with patients in children’s hospitals?

You get Hope Wheels, a nonprofit organization that promises to bring happiness and hope to sick children. The nonprofit’s mission statement is, “To bring the healing power of laughter and joy to hospitalized children and their families through interactive play with Hot Wheels.”

When Tim Trevitt asked his son Mason Gonzales, 11, what he wanted to do once they finally had earned a Hot Wheels world record (first 19 and then 22 Loop de Loops with a Hot Wheels car), Mason said he wanted to share it with other children — and the idea of the new nonprofit organization took shape.

According to the HopeWheels.org, the plan is to bring the healing power of laughter and joy to hospitalized children and their families through interactive play with Hot Wheels. Hot Wheels provides a great tool to boost attitude and elevate mood. Laughter is a good medicine and research has proven that higher levels of emotional well-being are beneficial for recovery and healing, for both the patient, and the parents as well as siblings.

A local youngster gets ready to try a Hot Wheels car on this track.

“We saw a need to care for children in hospitals with an addition to medicine, treatments, diagnostic tests and surgery,” Trevitt said. “It is our vision of uniting patients and families with a time of laughter, excitement and plain fun that Hot Wheels has brought for generations. Hot Wheels provide a great tool to boost attitude and elevate mood. Laughter is a good medicine and research has proven that higher levels of emotional well-being are beneficial for recovery and healing, for both the patient and the parents as well as siblings.”

Let’s talk baseball
Trevitt said the Aces set aside a section for the Hope Wheels fundraiser, but tickets must be purchased by Friday using the QR code included with this story for the organization to receive a portion of the proceeds.

Trevitt said last year the Aces asked him if he’d like to partner with them on a fundraiser this year, and he said yes. He also said right now the organization is focused on serving the campers at the Ronald McDonald House at Eagle Lake. He said the organization makes a trip to the camp every week.

“To be teamed up with the Reno Aces and Ronald McDonald, I feel extremely honored, and I know we’re on the right path,” Trevitt said. “Everything happens exactly for a reason … Everything I’ve done has set me up for this — sharing this laughter and love with these campers through the summer. I can’t even explain to you how my heart is so full. I found my calling, and to be able to have my family just embrace this and go up and share the joy with them, it’s so amazing — not only my family, but my best friend, Glen. It’s truly an amazing mission to be on … We’re going to start reaching nationwide very soon.”

Hope Wheels co-founder Glen Chase checks out a Hot Wheels track.