Welp I finally have time to sit down and do a re-cap on my first annual car show fundraiser event that I hosted back in August. But really, what better time to share than Breast Cancer Awareness Month when the funds raised are going directly to Susan G. Komen of Southeastern Wisconsin?!
So I had the idea to do this about a year prior to when it actually happened. Unfortunately, when I first came up with the idea, it was too far into the car show season to put something together successfully which was fine – because it gave me more time to prepare for it this year!
I’ve attended car shows for years – usually as my dad’s sidekick. It is something I will always enjoy doing – there is something about a classic car that just speaks to me. And put a Chevelle in front of me and you may as well get me a bib!
My fundraising background for Komen has always been geared more towards women (expectedly) so some aspects of this was a challenge for me. Like getting raffle prizes that men would be more so interested in. So scratch all the spa and salon hookups I had – it was time to start fresh! I ended up pulling together around 30 raffle prizes – quite a wide range that hopefully every person could find at least one thing they were interested in and it seemed to work! All raffle prizes were gone at the end of the day!
There were three very happy winners of first through third place based on spectator favorites! Each winner received a trophy and a couple memorable photos!
I also found a local DJ, A Personal Touch DJ, that was a blast to have and my parents were amazing grill masters that day – serving everyone brats, hot dogs & chips! Also a HUGE shout out to The Rock Sports Complex who allowed me to host my event at their location as well as my girl Kayla from Emerald Tide Photography who always hooks it up with the best photos to remember any special event!
I’m proud to say that I had 20 cars registered and raised just over $1200! I realize this may not sound like a lot to some – but in the car show world, for the first show – this is HUGE! I’m glad I stuck to my guns and didn’t give up (believe me, I wanted to every time I checked the weather for that weekend….)!
There is no way this would have all come together without the help of my amazing friends and family (and their constant encouragement to not give up!) as well as all of my sponsors! I can’t wait to see what next year’s event brings for us!
Enjoy all the photos provided directly from Kayla at Emerald Tide Photography and I hope to see you out there next year!