Car Show Made Debut, Benefits Three Charities
CHEYENNE, WY - The first annual charity classic car show, “Cars, Cigars, Guitars – under the stars” was this past Saturday and the event was a success. Raising money for local charities Family Promise of Cheyenne, Safehouse of Cheyenne, and Habitat for Humanity Laramie County. The event was a volunteer effort by AHEPA Cowboy Chapter 211 Cheyenne.
American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) was founded in 1922 to promote the ancient Hellenic ideals of education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, family and individual excellence through community service and volunteerism. It is the largest and oldest grassroots association of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes with more than 400 chapters. The Cheyenne Chapter was founded in 1926.
The event has established itself as the premier charity Classic Car show in the Tri State region. Organizers say the event is “Automotive enthusiasts celebrating the motoring lifestyle and improving the community along the way!” – and this first event has succeeded in that mission.
A major fundraising feature was a raffle of a 2020 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 motorcycle, “Mr. Clean,” which was donated by Cheyenne Motorsports. It was won by George Mores, Jr. of Cheyenne.
About 250 people strolled the grounds at the Greek Ponderosa ranch – the home of Tim and Kathy Joannides. Guests enjoyed viewing the many classic cars, cigars, food & beverage, and entertained by live music by Mr. Byrd & The Perfect Strangers.
The event was a large volunteer effort, with volunteers from the AHEPA Chapter and committee handling the cooking and car displays, and volunteers from this year’s three benefitting charities helping with check-in, set up, vendors and hospitality.
The show organizers said they expect to release the amount of the funds raised for each charity soon. The date for next year’s event has been set – the first Saturday after Labor Day (Saturday, September 11, 2021).
Premier Underwriter of the event was Charles Schwab - Sam Runyan. Major Underwriters were Ally Bank, Cheyenne Motorsports, The Cheyenne Post, Halladay Auto Group, Joannides Family Foundation, Quality Brands of Cheyenne/Bud Light, Smoker Friendly and Trader's Shoppers Guide.
Additional event sponsors included: #1 Properties, 5-Hour ENERGY, 307 Meat Company, 9-1-1 Roofing, AHEPA Chapter 145 Denver, Big Al's Towing, Blue Federal Credit Union, Burns Insurance Agency, Capitol Lumber, Check's Ice, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Christopher Daifotis & Family, Clean Wheels Car Wash, Coca Cola Company, Debbie Martinez, Graphic Designer and Photographer, DT's Liquors, Godfather's Pizza, Hambone's Pizza, Keg 'n Kork, KFBC Radio, KGAB Raido, KRRR Radio, Laramie County Fire Department, Little America Hotel & Resort, Midtown Tavern, Mr. Byrd and the Perfect Strangers, Pine Bluffs Distilling, Sam's Club, Signs65, The Cubby Hole, The Ding Guy, The Metropolitan Downtown, Trophy Creative, Tyrrell Auto Centers, Uncle Charlie's, Western States Bank, Western Vista Federal Credit Union, WREA, Wyoming Bank & Trust, Wyoming Disposal Systems, Wyoming Sleep Disorders Center.
The event committee is Chris Allen, Vince Bodiford, Tom Bradley, Nick Dodgson, Kevin Hibbard, Tim Joannides (chair), George Mores, Jr., Mike Mores, Nick Mores, Ty Warner, Neil Whitehead, Ryan Whitehead.