Local groups benefit from successful car show

Posted On 01 Aug 2013
Members from the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club were glad to receive $250 from Lisa Newhouse, director for the Downtown Revitalization Corporation.  From left are, Zander Blue, Amy Warren Dowdle (Boys & Girls Club board member), Lily Whitcomb, Grace Whitcomb, Evan Mitchell and Club Director Jessica Bullock.

Members from the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club were glad to receive $250 from Lisa Newhouse, director, at right, for the Downtown Revitalization Corporation.
From left are, Zander Blue, Amy Warren Dowdle (Boys & Girls Club board member), Lily Whitcomb, Grace Whitcomb, Evan Mitchell and Club Director Jessica Bullock.

by Clellie Allen and David Leone

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest’s first town-sponsored auto show drew thousands of visitors and 181 vehicles June 15.

Lisa Newhouse, director for the town’s Downtown Revitalization Corporation, said their original goal was to attract 75 classic cars. With more than double that number, “We were thrilled,” Newhouse said.

Mike Johnson helped organize the event and said the success was due to volunteer power.
“We had a committee of just 16 volunteers who made this event happen,” Johnson said. “And a few had cars of their own in the show.”

Funds raised from the registration fees went to several local nonprofit groups, including Wake Forest Woman’s Club, the Kiwanis Club, Hospice of Wake County and the Boys & Girls Club of Wake Forest.

Mike Johnson, center, presents Marilyn Bonnet with $1,000 for Wake Forest Woman’s Club and David Shearon with $800 for the Wake Forest Kiwanis Club.

Mike Johnson, center, presents Marilyn Bonnet with $1,000 for Wake Forest Woman’s Club and David Shearon with $800 for the Wake Forest Kiwanis Club.

 

Proceeds from the auto show made it possible for Mike Johnson to present Mike Blanchard, vice president of development for Hospice of Wake County, with $3,000.  Although not pictured, the auto show committee was also able to present the Wake Forest High Junior ROTC with $260.

Proceeds from the auto show made it possible for Mike Johnson to present Mike Blanchard, vice president of development for Hospice of Wake County, with $3,000.
Although not pictured, the auto show committee was also able to present the Wake Forest High Junior ROTC with $260.