Event details - Saturday, September 28 at Flanigan-Leavitt Insurance Agency, located at 6190 Mae Anne Avenue, Suite 1, Reno, Nevada, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Chelsie Hill’s dream since the age of three was to dance. In February 2010, she was at a party when she got into a car with a friend who had been drinking. They were involved in a car accident that left Chelsie paralyzed and in a wheelchair. She was 17 years old.
On Saturday, September 28, Chelsie will bring her safe driving message to teens and parents at CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday, a fun, free event taking place at Flanigan-Leavitt Insurance Agency, located at 6190 Mae Anne Avenue, Suite 1, Reno, Nevada, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Chelsie remarks, “I am excited to be a part of CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday! I look forward to meeting teens and parents, sharing my story and inspiring them to please think before they act. Do not text and drive. Do not drink and drive. And please, never get in a car with someone who has been drinking.”
Chelsie’s father, Jon Hill, will also be sharing his story with parents at the event. During the nearly two months that Chelsie, a high school senior at the time, spent in the hospital, Jon had numerous conversations with her about what to do with her future. “As a parent, you want to fix things,” said Jon about the 37 nights he slept in a chair next to her hospital bed. The idea of starting a foundation to help others and raise awareness about spinal cord injuries came to the pair early one morning around 3:00 AM. Chelsie was dedicated to the idea from the beginning. Jon remarked, “Her passion became mine.” Out of this vision, they formed the Walk and Roll Foundation.
Jon and Chelsie went on to develop the Rally4Reality public speaking program where they speak out to middle schools, high schools, and community organizations to spread awareness about drinking and distracted driving. Their message has reached over 150,000 teenagers. They also formed Team Hotwheelz, the inspirational wheel chair dance team that sometimes performs during the program.
Through her positive outlook on life, Chelsie is determined to not let her injury stop her from being true to her passions and to follow her dream to dance. She has become an inspiring speaker spreading awareness of the tragic consequences that drunk and distracted driving can have. She is a featured character on the new hit Reality-Docu series on the Sundance Channel, Push Girls, and was
featured in the May 2012 issue of Seventeen Magazine.
Michael Flanigan, co-owner of Flanigan-Leavitt Insurance Agency, remarked, "We are thrilled that Chelsie and Jon Hill will be at our CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday in Reno! As we focus on the safety of children, teens, and families, we know that awareness is always the first step in prevention. We believe everyone in our community will benefit from the activities and safety resources at this fun event!"
CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday was developed by CIG in 2010 and has been held throughout California, Nevada, and Washington ever since. The event features activities, demonstrations, and educational services designed to improve the safety and security of children, teens, families, and communities. People of all ages will enjoy free games, prizes, food, and a wealth of materials and resources from many different booths staffed by local and regional organizations.
One of the most important features of Community Safety Saturday is the complimentary child car-seat safety inspection station operated by the Nevada Highway Patrol. National studies reveal that 80 to 90 percent of children are not properly restrained, and many local car-seat check points report that 95 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly. At Community Safety Saturday, certified technicians will check for proper installation and give parents and caregivers critical information about installing car seats correctly for their particular child and vehicle.
The Nevada Highway Patrol will also provide important information to teens and parents about the law banning cell phone use while driving. The information will explain how driving while talking on cell phones or texting can delay reaction time and dramatically increase the chance of getting into a crash.
Another main attraction will be the KlaasKids Foundation Print-A-Thon, a free service providing digital photo ID & fingerprinting for every child. Parents receive a free DNA collection kit, child safety tips, and a 9-point plan on what to do if their child disappears.
At the conclusion of Community Safety Saturday, a drawing will be held at which many exciting, family-oriented prizes will be given away, including a family membership to Nevada Discovery Museum, tickets to a Reno Aces games, child bicycle helmets, a Bluetooth® headset, an emergency solar flashlight radio, and roadside safety kit.
Community Safety Saturday will also feature the following attractions:
• Reno Fire Department will bring a fire engine and safety information.
• Reno Police Department will bring SAVE officers who will hand out coloring books and literature about bullying, stranger danger, and child fingerprinting,. The Police Department will also bring their K-9 unit to do dog demonstrations.
• American Red Cross–Northern Nevada Chapter will bring an Emergency Response Vehicle and do CPR hands-only demos, as well as provide information about disaster preparedness.
• REMSA will bring an ambulance and information about Safe Kids and other safety programs.
• U.S. Forest Service will bring a wildland fire engine. Smokey Bear will also be on hand with lots of fun giveaways for the kids… if he’s not off fighting a forest fire!
• Nevada Department of Wildlife will bring water safety information and provide a dozen life jackets as prize giveaways.
• Washoe County Sheriff's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will hand out emergency preparedness information and will bring children’s activity booklets.
• Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Northern Nevada will bring information about their program.
• United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra will have an information booth including handouts about their 2-1-1 program and their Born Learning Trail activity.
• Washoe County Schools–Community Education will provide driver education materials for teens and their parents.
• Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada will provide safety information.
• Walk and Roll Foundation will share information about the Rally4Reality School Program.
• Mothers Against Drunk Driving will provide information about their work to stop drunk driving, support those affected by drunk driving, prevent underage drinking, and push for stricter alcohol policy.
• SPCA of Northern Nevada will bring information about pet safety.
• Radio station BOB 93.7 FM will provide music and prize giveaways.
Sandie Borthwick, Corporate Marketing Manager for CIG, remarks, "CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday was born from our concern and commitment to keep children, teens, and families safe. September is National Preparedness Month, and we are very proud to partner with the many wonderful safety-oriented public services that serve the northern Nevada area to bring Community Safety Saturday to Reno. We also thank Flanigan-Leavitt Insurance Agency, who has been serving their community for 130 year, for hosting this important event.” For more information, please go to www.cigsafetysaturday.com/reno or call 775-747-9710, ext. 3997.