Classic car club shares 'big heart' with youth

Parade of Checks, car show March 18

On March 18 members of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America (VMCCA) Central Arizona Chapter will rev up for their annual Parade of Checks and car show.

The club will again donate 100 percent of all money collected to the Boys & Girls Club of Cottonwood. Last year about $1,200 was collected for the youth organization.

During the Parade of Checks a two-foot high plastic heart will be displayed for public donations. The car club will then match those contributions and present one big check to the Boys & Girls Club.

It's a worthy cause," said car club president Don Wolfgarth. "Kids need some place to go and there's not a lot of places for kids in Cottonwood."

Elizabeth Heaney, the Cottonwood youth club's branch director, already has the donations earmarked for scholarships and field trips. Scholarships help families with multiple children be able to send them to the facility to participate in its camps and after-school programs.

"I have 11 families that have two or more children that can't afford it here," she said, "even though we're the cheapest place in town."

The club serves an average of 45 children per day, Heaney said. After-school programs include physical education, arts and crafts, social recreation (such as air hockey, pool and a chess club), and a technology lab with computers, she added. About a year ago the club saw an average of 88 children per day but it has sense decrease because "parents can't afford it and their kids become latchkey," she explained.

Donations will also be used for SMARTMoves, an alcohol, tobacco, and premature teen pregnancy prevention program.

"This year we're focusing on the meth problem in Cottonwood and educating kids on meth," Heaney continued.

To jump start the Parade of Checks event, car club members donated $500 to the youth organization on March 6.

This year's event promises to be bigger and better with about 40 cars on display ranging from 1928 through 1980. The car show will feature antique Model As, a Packard, street rods, Mustangs, and more.

There will also be a face painting table manned by the Boys & Girls Club.

Everyone is invited to enjoy this free show. Classic car enthusiasts who are not members of the VMCCA are welcome to display their four-wheelers. For details, call Don at 646-3482.

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