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Show drives to feed kids

July 8, 2018

About a half-hour after registration opened Saturday, more than 80 cars had signed up for the fifth annual Car and Bike Show hosted by the Fort Wayne Area PTA Council. 

No make or model was excluded Saturday, as every era of American automotive prowess was on display at Harley-Davidson of Fort Wayne. There were vintage throwbacks and souped-up hot rods, stylish pickup trucks and modern pony cars. And, of course, motorcycles of every size, shape and speed imaginable. 

Those in attendance Saturday could rest assured their money was going toward a worthy cause, event organizers Brian Scott and Kim Craigshead said.

The funds raised Saturday will go to Blessings in a Backpack, a program through Fort Wayne Community Schools that sends food home on weekends with students who would otherwise have nothing to eat between Friday and Monday, Craigshead said.

After past events, the group has been able to donate $2,500 to the program, Scott said. 

“One day, I’d like to be able to give them $10,000,” Scott said. 

Scott, who said he’s “one of the oddballs of the bunch,” came up with the idea when the group was looking for new ways to raise money. 

“It took me two years to convince them and now, they won’t let me leave,” Scott said with a chuckle. “Harley-Davidson has really stepped up to the plate. They bend over backwards to make sure we get what we need.” 

It is Scott’s hope that events like Saturday’s auto show will help increase male involvement in the PTA. 

“Some of our kids tend to excel more because of a male figure being around the school, instead of always seeing a female figure,” Scott said. “It’s one of the best ways to get the word out to the public about PTA.” 

The PTA has changed over the years, Scott said. It’s no longer moms baking treats and selling them at the school to raise money. Fundraising is more difficult now, Scott said, but the need remains. The organization helps fill the gap for students whose families might not be able to afford everything other students’ families can.

“If the PTA goes away, your kids, my kids, your grandkids, will not have field trip money. If they need school supplies they will not have school supplies,” Scott said. “If they need coats, gloves, hats, uniforms for some of our schools, they will not be there.” 

But Saturday, Scott was all smiles as the afternoon summer sun glinted off the perfectly polished paint of close to 100 cars, while the rumble of so many engines mixed with the classic rock coming from a nearby loudspeaker. 

dgong@jg.net

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