First Posted: 9/19/2009
The sun came out in time for people to enjoy the CK Technologies Cruise-In held on Saturday to raise money for The Shepherds House.
About 40 vehicles lined the CK Technologies parking lot as the event took place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The registration fee was $20 the day of the show, and Carol Colna, human resources manager for CK Technologies, said organizers are not sure yet how much money the event raised for The Shepherds House.
This was the companys first cruise-in, and it hopes to have more in the future.
Were very strong in the community, said Colna. We feel that business is more successful if we support the community.
All of the registration proceeds will go to The Shepherds House, including money raised from selling drinks and items from the companys suppliers. The deejay and food vendors also donated a portion of their funds to The Shepherds House.
The cruise-in and car show was open to classic or new cars, trucks, or bikes. Spectators could enter for free to enjoy the cars, food and live music. The Mount Airy police and fire departments also came to talk to people.
At the end of the day, CK Technologies gave out awards such as best of show and peoples choice to the car show participants.
Were realizing that this is something a lot of people want to go to, Colna commented.
Ronald Poole, a spectator at the event, explained why he thought so many people were interested in car shows.
Its history what was. We like to look at that and then see what we have today, he said.
Steve Marshall of Mount Airy frequently enters his 2006 Ford F-250, which is decorated with the phrase Team Jesus, in car shows. He said, A lot of people come to these car shows. Its always a good turnout.
Benny Bowman of the Flat Rock community brought his 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle. He said, I try to catch every one I can find. I just love old cars.
Bowman liked the charity aspect of the cruise-in. I think its good, he said. Anything you do for charity is good.
CK Technologies decided to choose The Shepherds House to donate to, because Colna said organizers recognized it as an area of need in this economy.
Tamara Veit, director of The Shepherds House, said, With the economy being down, this kind of donation is incredibly helpful, and we continue to need peoples support and prayers.
The Shepherds House at 227 Rockford St., Mount Airy, provides emergency shelter; a 24-hour crisis line; confidential counseling and prayer; referrals; Bible study and prayer meetings; in-house food, clothing, and case management; and follow-up services to those in need.
CK Technologies has been in the area for around three years and specializes in manufacturing plastic systems and components for commercial trucks and buses. Local company leaders said they hope to have similar events to raise money for charity in the future.
We believe in community service, said Rick Kwiatkowski, director of operations.
Contact Meghann Evans at [email protected] or at 719-1952.