Archive for Thursday, October 27, 2005

Car show an ‘incredible’ event

Proceeds from 8th annual event to benefit BLHS Project Grad

October 27, 2005

"Every penny" of the proceeds from the eighth annual Basehor Car Show goes toward paying for Basehor-Linwood High School's Project Grad.

Jean Lowe, chairperson of the Car Show organizing committee, said those who entered vehicles into the event, which took place earlier this month, or paid the admission fee to take part, should be reassured that their money isn't being wasted.

Project Grad, an alcohol- and drug-free, post-graduation party for departing high school seniors, is more than just a worthy cause -- it's a noble one.

"We are so excited with the turnout and the support given to the kids," Lowe said. "It means so much for the seniors. We want them to get together one last time as a group and have fun and everyone to get home safe. Some of them will never see each other again. They've earned this."

Although exact totals are not yet available, it is believed by many that this year's Car Show was the most successful to date.

Lowe said more than 400 cars, trucks and motorcycles entered into the event and approximately 140 prizes were awarded. One Car Show observer placed the number of spectators at approximately 4,000 people.

"I don't have an exact figure on how much money we made, but it was a lot more than last year," Lowe said. She added, "It was just an awesome, awesome day."

In addition to vehicles on display, Lowe said touches such as a military presentation by the Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars post made the day very special. The post's display, which included a 21-gun salute, paid homage to America's past and present fighting men and women.

"It was incredible," Lowe said. "It got me teary-eyed."

Also helping add a little flavor to the Car Show were area grillers Mike McDowell and Ron Lutes, who cooked barbecue dishes for various hungry spectators.

All in all, the contributions of many added up to a wildly successful event that will pay off for graduating seniors next year.

"We were so lucky," Lowe said. "We had so many wonderful volunteers, so many people that put in a lot of hard work for the kids. Thank you to all. You were awesome."

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