Rod & Staff Custom Car Fellowship donates to local charities


— The Rod & Staff Custom Car Fellowship donated to several charitable organizations in honor of Iris Belt who died of breast cancer almost two years ago. The event took place in Severna Park, Md. on Saturday, January 11.

The money was presented to three different organizations. A check for $4,000 was presented to the Caring Hearts Relay for Life Team of West Anne Arundel County. The annual Relay for Life raises money for the American Cancer Society. Team Leader Rolinda McIlwain said she was happy and honored to receive the check for her team. McIlwain said her team is made up of men, women, and children, some of who are cancer survivors.

McIlwain says there are fundraisers planned leading up to the big event which is held on May 30th at Meade Middle School in Anne Arundel County. If you would like to participate or donate visit the Relay for Life cancer website or contact the team leader at

The second check for $1,500 was presented to the Christopher D. Gipson Sickle Cell/Moyamoya Foundation. Christopher lost his battle with sickle cell disease four years ago. His foundation helps people to understand the sickle cell disease and moya moya disease, a rare neurological condition. To learn more about Christopher’s foundation please send an email to

The third check for $500 was presented to Agape Children’s Connection. Created in June 2011, Agape is making a difference in the lives of India’s orphans at a time when help is desperately needed. Debby Pastrana Williams started the foundation to honor her father who was an orphan. To date, Agape sponsors over 155 children in India. Please visit their website at

Each organization was very happy to receive the funds. The money helps them to continue their good deeds in the community and worldwide.