Written by Phil Cerroni
By Amanda Casanova
About 14,000 hot meals will be served to the needy with proceeds raised from the Q Chevrolet Car Show held on Oct. 20 in Irving. Funds generated from the inaugural car show will benefit both the Tarrant Area Foodbank and Goodwill, according to organizers.
Put on by Texas Riders Helping Texans, a nonprofit charity organization of motorcycle riders, and George-McKenna Electrical Contractors, the event drew donations and sponsorships from the all over the area.
“So many children aren’t being fed,” said Tom Troy, president of the Texas Riders Helping Texans. “When you consider that, it’s so important to give back to the community.
“With an event like this, we get to work with the people who need it the most and the people who know how to stretch it the most.”
Visitors eyed the roughly 40 cars spread out on the Q Chevrolet lot. Some snapped photos of the shined and buffed machines, and others talked cars while leaning inside of a car hood.
“We’ve had a tremendous corporate sponsorship and support for this,” Brian Sidwell of George-McKenna Electrical Contractors said. “They’ve done a great job in supporting us to make sure this is a success.”
The car show is one of many events put on by the Texas Riders Helping Texans and the Ramblin’ Gamblers, an associated motorcycle organization.
In December, the Ramblin’ Gamblers will ride from Keller City Hall to Bronson Rock in Keller to benefit Randy Carter, a fellow motorcyclist who was killed by a drunk driver in 2011. The event will feature a silent auction and door prizes with proceeds from the ride going to buying toys and clothes for Christmas for needy families.
Last year, through all their fundraising efforts, the Texas Riders organization raised enough money to feed 60,000 people.
“Everything we do is to help local families,” Gary Lee of the Texas Riders said. “It’s just nice to see people give and to be a part of that.”