National Automobile Musem
Reno, Nevada
Thursday, April 18, 2024

Relive An Evening of Music & Motion

Whether you were able to join us at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, or not, we hope you’ll enjoy the full Conversation for a Cause, moderated by Vanessa Williams, and featuring three amazing women – legacies of some of some of the greatest in their fields: Rasheda Ali Walsh, daughter of “The Greatest”, Muhammad Ali; Dr. Deanna Brown Thomas, daughter of “The Godfather of Soul”, James Brown; and Shelby Hall, granddaughter or off-road racing pioneer, Rod Hall.

Event Program


Chock-full of great stories, we hope you’ll enjoy reading our Event Program, with our compliments. (22.1MB)

Event Photos

Browse a selection of photos from the Music & Motion event held at the National Automobile Musuem, Reno on April 18, 2024.

Join us for a very special evening of Music & Motion™ to feature prominent cars owned by performing artists and those driven by legendary racers who were challenged by Parkinson’s, all curated throughout the entire 100,000+ square feet of the remarkable National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV!

Conversations For a Cause®

Sharing the evening among our special guests will be Vanessa Williams, moderating an open conversation revealing the passion and professional lives of our panelists and highlighting the pure emotion we all share when it comes to music and cars. Joining Vanessa will be…

Rasheda Ali is known as much for her acting and writing as she is for being the daughter of the famed, undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who lived with Parkinson’s for over 30 years. She is an internationally known Speaker, and PD Advocate who wrote, “I’ll Hold Your Hand So You Won’t Fall – A Child’s Guide to Parkinson’s Disease”, inspired by her children and her father.

Dr. Deanna Brown Thomas is daughter of the legendary “Godfather of Soul” James Brown, a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio & TV personality, actress, writer, and President of The James Brown Family Foundation (JBFF). Dr. Brown Thomas was named Ambassador for “Feed the Hungry” because of her continuous work to provide food to those who are food insecure.

Shelby Hall comes from a family history of off-road racing excellence. She is a proud multi-time Baja 1000 class champion, Rebelle Rally X-Cross winner, business owner, and athlete. Her grandfather, Rod Hall, was a pioneer in off-road motorsports and set many records. Rod was diagnosed with a Parkinsonian disease in 2014, and continued to race alongside his son, Chad Hall, and Shelby, until his final race in 2017 at age 80.

Stay tuned as we continue to announce distinctive guests and the cars representing our evening of Music & Motion presented by Drive Toward a Cure – celebrating and supporting Parkinson’s disease research and patient care.

…in association with the National Automobile Museum, Reno, NV…

…with the Driving Force Club.

Benefiting Parkinson’s Disease and the Parkinson Support Center of Northern Nevada.

VIP Perks

Special VIP treatment includes early access to entire curated museum with endless photo opportunities, signature Carbonadi Vodka drink on Gläce Luxury Ice and extra time to mix and mingle before the larger crowd enters the Museum, as well as first viewing of silent auction collection of items, including autographed memorabilia from music performers and legendary race car drivers.

General Admission: 6pm / VIP Admission: 5pm

Live Music

Enjoy the wonderful musical acts inside the Museum.

Food Stations

Hors d’oeuvres, a food station, and sweet treats will be served.

Wine Tasting

Adobe Road will be offering tastings of their award winning wines.

Cash Bar

An array of libations will be available, including one created just for this event!

Silent Auction

An impressive array of objects and experiences will be available through our silent auction. You might just find a fantastic deal, or the opportunity to bid on something you didn’t know you wanted or needed! All items are donated with 100% of proceeds benefiting Parkinson’s.

With Special Guests…

Singer, actress, and producer,

Vanessa Williams

Actress, and author,

Rasheda Ali

Radio and TV personality, actress, entrepreneur,

Dr. Deanna Brown Thomas

Off-road racer,

Shelby Hall

…and special cars including…

1952 Jaguar C-Type

Chassis XKC-007

This Jaguar was the first C-Type imported into the United States, and is notable for the victories and podium finishes recorded at the hands of legendary gentleman driver and America’s first Formula One Champion, Phil Hill. Hill succumbed to his own challenges with Parkinson’s in 2008, but he was a friend and inspiration to Drive Toward a Cure.


Courtyard Reno Downtown/Riverfront

Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel & Spa

Coming from out of town? Or just want to make a night of it?

Take advantage of our group rates at two quality hotels in Reno.

Courtyard Reno Downtown/Riverfront:

  • Standard room – $155/night + taxes and fees
  • Riverview room – $170/night + taxes and fees

Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel & Spa:

  • Standard room – $279/night + taxes and fees

Once you’ve got your tickets, contact us for the booking details!

Sponsorship Opportunities and Supporter Recognition


Whether you give a small amount or are able to shoot for the stars to make this evening unforgettable, we have a wide variety of exciting opportunities. Contact us to discuss how we can carve out a truly special place for you.


For individuals or businesses, get your name on the list of proud supporters at whatever level suits you from $250 up to $5,000.

Event Program Ads

Every dollar helps, so even if sponsorship doesn’t catch your interest, attach your name to the event while also putting your business in front of a select audience of automotive enthusiasts and conscientious community leaders and supporters.

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