To the editor:

Perfection! After three years of less than “the best” weather, Mother Nature smiled on the Heimach Center’s May 18th Annual Charity Car Show.

Car Show Chairperson Cameron Moore, ever the optimist, had shared “with good weather, they will come!” and come they did! The number of cars, tractors and motorcycles almost doubled from the 2018 event and the hundreds in attendance marveled at the variety and quality of each vehicle.

The event incorporated Armed Forces Day allowing the attendees to honor the many veterans in attendance (they were each gifted with a patriotic pillow handmade by Mary Moore).

Kathy Kelham’s moving rendition of the national anthem was followed by the Auburn American Legion Post 97’s Honor Guard with a 21-gun salute and “Taps” by Mike Brown (a new DART Driver!). Indiana’s most accomplished community band (Auburn Community Band) then entertained with many patriotic favorites.

The Samaritan Helicopter made a perfect landing guided by several Auburn firefighters with their fire truck positioned to help guide the descent. The pilot then presented an exciting and informative program to dozens of onlookers.

Volunteer photographer Andy Laverghetta, assisted by Paul Clements, took pictures of every vehicle entrant to assist the show’s judges (Dave Cserep, Tom Porter and Randy Ramsey) in their very difficult and challenging decision process. The coveted Best of Show award went to Richard and Janet Dove for their tan 1935 Auburn 851 automobile. The remainder of the Top 25 awards went to: Dick Rhodes, Sandie Steele, Roger Wessel, Steve Schnelker, Mike Pitcher, Barry and Connie Duncan, Rob and Deb Butler, David Brown, Barbara Pietracatella, Jim Bell, Kenneth Klevner, Bruce and Deb Fleck, Ed and Teresa Davis, Don Gross, Paul and Sandy Bauer, Jeremy Prichard, Jim Steele, Tom and Melania Muehlmeyer, Max Waters, Doug and Marsha Howell, Jeff Miller, Paul Richardson, Mike and Jenny Gross and Dale Smith.

Mary Moore chaired a large group of volunteers who offered lunch favorites and dozens of bakers donated their finest for the bake sale.

Thank you to door prize donors: Family Farm & Home, Hartland Winery, O’Reilly Auto Parts, AutoZone, IHOP, Discount Tire, Tire Barn, Moose Lake Village, Five Lakes Coffee, Hardee’s, Mike and Linda Bir, Starbucks, Burger King, Jiffy Lube, Buffalo Wild Wings, Papa John’s Pizza, NCG Cinema, Shepherd’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Year One, Westwood Car Wash, Richards Restaurant, Sechler’s Pickles, Arby’s, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Mike’s Car Wash, Auburn City Steakhouse, Mary and Cam Moore, StoryPoint Senior Living, Summit Racing, Harley Davidson of Fort Wayne, DeBrand Chocolate, Byler-Lane Winery, Classic City Automotive, Liz Mumford.

Winners of the show’s raffles: Steve Welker won the 50/50 drawing; Paul Richardson won the guitar donated by Sweetwater Sound and Kay Williams won the John Deere toy riding tractor and cart donated by Peg Perego.

Cameron and the Council on Aging express their deep gratitude to the vehicle entrants, the DeKalb County Visitors Bureau for their generous grant for media funding, 95.5 The Hawk for promotional announcements, The Star for publishing several event pictures, Honor Flight representatives and their special guest, Kayleen Reusser, a noted author of veteran stories and related type presentations, the many special attraction participants, the incredibly generous door prize donors, and of course the attendees (our reason for putting on the event!) Also, events of this magnitude don’t happen except for volunteers and we don’t mind sharing, “we have the best!”

Meg Zenk, executive director

DeKalb County Council on Aging

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