Benton County Health Department to host annual Classic Auto Show

Each year a number of vehicles are entered into the Benton County Health Department’s Fundraising Team’s annual Car and Bike Show. This year the event will be hosted Sept. 16 at Warsaw’s Drake Harbor.

Photo courtesy of Benton County Health Department Fundraising Team

There is a great deal of pride many car owners feel about their vehicles, especially if their means of transportation is considered a “classic.”

Now, that pride can help others as the Benton County Health Department’s Fundraising Team hosts their annual Car and Bike Show Saturday, Sept. 16 at Warsaw’s Drake Harbor.

“The Benton County Health Department is honored to put this car show on to not only give the area car and truck enthusiasts a day to show off their pride and joy but also to raise money to give back to our community in many different ways,” said Kelli Daleske, Home Care Clinical Specialist and one of the event’s organizers. “We are especially proud of what we have done over the past several years as far as helping our local community with the Benton County Cancer Fund as well as now adding help to Devon’s Beat, Christmas for Kids, as well as the development of our annual scholarships for students in Warsaw, Lincoln and Cole Camp.”

The Christmas Fund is used to help purchase gifts for area children in the community. The scholarship fund was established last year and three $ 300 scholarships were awarded, one in each Benton County high school to go to a student going into the medical or environmental science field, according to Daleske. She said the car show proceeds will determine if the scholarship amount stays at $ 300 or increases.

“This year we added Devon’s Beat as an organization we want to help,” Daleske said. “This is an event that is held yearly due to a young boy in Lincoln who collapsed at school and was diagnosed with SADS. We will partner with his mother’s yearly fundraising to help screen children with this type of disease.”

SADS, or Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome, is the unexpected death due to cardiac arrest which can occur in both children and adults, according to information on the organization’s website.

Over the last seven years, the car show has raised more than $ 46,000 for various charitable organizations the fundraising team supports.

There will be 14 classes of vehicles at the show, including cars, trucks and bikes. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place in each class as well as best of show and a fundraising team selection.

Registration is from 9 to 11 a.m. and judging is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The trophy presentation will take place at 2 p.m. There are vendor booths available and food will be on sale throughout the day.

The registration fee is $ 25 per vehicle and can be made in advance or the day of the event. For more information, contact Daleske at 660-438-2877 ext. 234 or kellidaleske@yahoo.com or Gloria Smith at 660-438-2877 ext. 239.

Each year a number of vehicles are entered into the Benton County Health Department’s Fundraising Team’s annual Car and Bike Show. This year the event will be hosted Sept. 16 at Warsaw’s Drake Harbor.

— Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484.

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