Car show enthusiasts stand and chat next to a Gleason Chevelle 07. Delaware State News/Jennifer Antonik
In a small-town area, Bryant Bell says fundraising is sometimes a challenge. But the HUB Club Rotary is headed in the right direction with their annual car show set for this weekend.
The group represents the Harrington, Greenwood and Felton areas, hoping to make a positive impact on their own communities.
Scholarships and education are a major focus for many rotary clubs, and the HUB Club is no different, Mr. Bell said.
“We try to give out scholarships every year for the kids in the area, which are in Woodbridge and the Lake Forest school districts. We’re very fortunate to have the two superintendents in our club,” he said.
The annual Car, Truck and Bike Show hosted by the club is a new way to raise the funds they would like to give out.
“We tried to raise some money last year with our first show and it worked well, so we thought we’d try it again. We had a good response. This year, we started early, too,” Mr. Bell said. “I’ve been going to a lot of car shows over the past few months to learn how it goes. I love cars, so it’s fun.”
Mr. Bell came up with the idea last year before presenting it to the group and still chairs the event.
“We feel that when you’re in a small town, one of the things that you find is that a lot of the kids that we have grow up and go out, go to college sometimes, sometimes they don’t get a chance to because of money. … The biggest example is there in Woodbridge. There’s 800 kids from Kindergarten to fifth grade, which is more kids than there are people in the town. These kids are going to grow up to be doctors, lawyers and Indian chiefs. And when they get ready to graduate, there’s going to be nothing for them in Woodbridge, Greenwood or Felton. Those communities become senior citizen communities. There’s no support there.”
Mr. Bell says he has worked with the Rotary in hopes of bringing more industry in the area, but in the meantime, scholarships continue to make a big impact for local students.
“I’ve encouraged them to bring some kind of industry instead of just a cigarette outlet or a liquor store. If your father doesn’t own a farm, there’s nothing for those kids. I was blown away at the quality of the academics of the kids there though. How smart and qualified they are. It just makes me want to do more. There’s so much we’re missing,” he said.
The show, set for Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Lake Forest North Elementary School, will feature entertainment, custom T-shirts and hats, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, vendors, a barbeque, vendors and other fun throughout the day to help raise those funds.
Vehicles can be registered that day for $10 or by contact Mr. Bell ahead of time at 302-249-0140 or email@example.com.
Awards will be given out for the best car, truck and bike, and the top ten as judges by the Delmarva Judging Group.
“It’s Father’s Day weekend and whether you’re a kid or you’re a parent or wife or husband, it’s a nice family friendly event. There’s no smoking or alcohol on school property. There’s no craziness there,” he said. “We’d like to see the community come out and support us. We’re trying to do this to help their kids so they can have money to go to school. If everybody helps a little bit, we can get a lot done. We’re trying to support the kids because they are our future.”
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