The Club Car golf cart that will be used in the trek across the United States as it was picked up at the factory late last fall. On Monday, the first day of the trek, the cart went from Vallejo, Calif. to Sacramento according to the project's website.
On Monday, May 6, an unusual procession will stop and then pass through Price. It is Carting for a Cause, a movement to fund and raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.
The group will include a golf cart that is being driven across the United States as a fund raiser.
Overall in an event that will cover over 4,000 miles off duty and retired members of the Coast Guard are driving the battery powered golf cart across the United States and it will be the first time that a golf cart will be driven across the country on batteries that are only charged by solar power. When finished the trek will have passed through 11 states.
The trek began in Petaluma, Calif. and is crisscrossing the country until they arrive in Yorktown, Va. Stops along the way will include many large and small towns. The visit to Price is one of three stops in Utah, including one in Delta and one in Roy.
With the event coming through town, Commander Neldon Huff of the American Legion has announced activities that will go on around their arrival.
From noon until 5 p.m. on Monday there will be hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and soft drinks for sale at the Price City Peace Gardens to raise money for the project. The event will be open to the public and particularly to all veterans in the Carbon/Emery County area. The money collected will be used to support the cart project and the Wounded Warrior Program.
During that afternoon, probably about 2 p.m. the cart will arrive with the off duty Coast Guard personnel and they will be greeted by those attending.
The cart is traveling at about 25 miles per hour and is entirely street legal. The plan is to cover about 200 miles per day.
The cart and idea was the brain child of Chief Petty Officer Ray Rehberg who is an electrician at the Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown. According to an interview with News Channel 3 in Hampton Roads, Va. this past winter he had the idea after doing research on lithium powered golf carts. After brainstorming with other off-duty and retired coast guard personnel, Rehberg realized he could combine two of his passions. It was then that the non-profit GO CARTS was born.
"The American Legion is proud to host this group," said Huff in a statement on Wednesday. "Please plan to attend and show support for this project."
The public can also lend support to the projects projected goal of raising $50,000 by going to cartingforacause.org and donating.