Cars for Kids show fundraises for local church

Ken Gardner (left) and Steve Norfleet with his ’32 Ford at the Bonneville Slat Flats in Utah. (Submitted photo)
Ken Gardner (left) and Steve Norfleet with his ’32 Ford at the Bonneville Slat Flats in Utah. (Submitted photo)

By James Feichtner

Car shows are a great way to bring people together to appreciate the marvel of the automobile, but also a great way to raise funds for a good cause. Coming to the Geist area on July 11, Cars for Kids is a car show debuting its first ever event.

The show aims to raise money for a local church youth, as well as for Indiana Life Centers, which provide aid to expecting mothers in need of assistance.

“This car show is the first one for our church and basically it’s a dual fundraiser,” Ken Gardner, event coordinator for Cars for Kids said. “It’s for the Geist Chapel youth and also for the Life Centers of Indiana.”

The show aims to get around 50 cars for its first event and welcomes cars from all categories.

“We’ve kind of opened it up to anything,” Gardner said. “You might see a late-model Jaguar, back to a Model T. We’ve been soliciting cars through flyers at other car shows. At our first car show we’re hoping to get close to 50 cars. If we get more than that we’ll be thrilled.”

The event will feature, food trucks, music, prizes and trophies for the top cars.

“We’ll have 60’s to 70’s music,” said Gardner. “My wife was a professional singer and she’s going to head that portion for us. We’ve had donated what we call ‘goody bags.’ We’re doing dash plaques and trophies. Dash plaques for the first 50 cars and then we’ll do ‘Best of Show’ and ‘Top 25’ trophies.”

The show will be held at 12549 Old Stone Dr., Indianapolis. Registration is from 10 a.m. to noon. Judging will take place at 3 p.m. and awards will be presented at 4 p.m. Car registration is $15. The first 50 entrants will receive a commemorative dash plaque. For more information, please contact [email protected].