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Hollywood Star Cars Museum to donate a portion of December’s Ticket sales to Paul Walker’s Charity Reach Out WorldWide

The Fast and the Furious movie franchise has thrilled and entertained millions since it’s first installment in 2001 and with the tragic passing of Paul Walker has left a generation without one of their favorite stars.

To honor the memory of Paul Walker, Hollywood Star Cars Museum, home to three vehicles made famous by the Fast and the Furious, will donate a portion of December‘s ticket sales to Paul Walker’s non-profit charity Reach Out WorldWide, a network of professionals with first responder skill-sets who augment local expertise when natural disasters strike in order to accelerate relief efforts. Walker founded the organization after witnessing deficiencies in local activations following the January 2010 Haiti earthquake, and he remained passionately devoted to the charity.

About Reach Out WorldWide Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW)—consisting of skilled volunteers—is a non-profit registered 501(c)(3) organization. While part of a relief team responding to the massive earthquakes that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010, actor/producer Paul Walker saw a gap between the availability of skilled resources and the requirement for such personnel in post-disaster situations. Following the trip he contacted a group of his friends to assist him in forming ROWW with the purpose of filling this unmet need.

Paul Walker’s family has also requested that in lieu of flowers or other gifts, donations be made to support Paul’s charity. To learn more about the efforts of Reach Out WorldWide or make a direct donation, please visit

The Hollywood Star Cars Museum first opened in 1996, and has since continued to add to and improve its’ permanent collection.  Presently the museum houses 40 authentic vehicles from favorite movies, TV shows and entertainment icons.   Along with The Fast and the Furious  cars, on display are some of Hollywood’s most famous vehicles. Most notable are the George Barris 1966 TV Show Batmobile, Ghostbusters Ecto-1, The Munsters Drag-u-la and "General Lee" from The original Dukes of Hazzard television series.  Other popular cars are from such blockbuster hit movies as Gone in 60 Seconds .  The collection is always changing as new cars are added.  The summer of 2013 saw two additions to our permanent collection, The Avengers S.H.I.E.L.D. Hummer HT3 and George Barris’ James Dean: Race with Destiny Porsche 550 Spyder.

Hollywood Star Cars
914 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-7900, Fax (865) 430-3133

Forbes Touts Gatlinburg As One of America’s Prettiest Towns

All of us are aware of how special this place we live in really is. Now, has noticed, ranking Gatlinburg among the Prettiest Towns in America, along with such places as Newport, Rhode Island; St. Augustine and Key West, Florida; Taos, New Mexico; and Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The website created the rankings with input from sources such as National Geographic and The Travel Channel. To see the listings, please visit their website.

"With its charming, quaint old buildings in the center of town, its dramatic mountain backdrop and the only ski resort in Tennessee, Gatlinburg has become a popular tourist destination for regional fun-seekers. Located on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg benefits from its location as a tourist draw and reinforces it with attractions such as an aerial tramway, an aquarium, whitewater rafting, hiking, and even a haunted house. But let’s not kid ourselves: as pretty and irresistible (as) the town is, the real draw in this part of Tennessee is the nature. 'The wildflowers around Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are absolutely spectacular in the spring as they burst with wildflowers at their peak,’ says Zain Habboo, National Geographic's director of travel."

"We are very thrilled with this honor from Forbes," said Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle. "We are blessed to live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and we take pride in being the gateway community to the country’s most-visited national park. It truly is a wonderful place to enjoy.”

The City of Gatlinburg is completing the sixth phase of its Underground Utilities and Streetscape Project. Since the late 1990s, Gatlinburg has been burying utilities underground and improving the aesthetics of the downtown area, something that Ogle says takes the cooperation of the City, the business community and residents. 

“Of course, it has taken a lot of people doing a lot of good things to allow us to earn this lofty recognition,” said Ogle. “It's been a great public-private collaboration of dedication that has dramatically improved the aesthetics of the Parkway and helped us blend in with the Smokies.” Come to Gatlinburg and see for yourself!

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