Thousands attend fifth annual Veterans' Home Father's Day car show
BENNINGTON -- Bob Houran and Karen Walsh of the State Line Car Club presented a check for $1,200 to the Vermont Veterans' Home on Tuesday for the members assistance account. The money was raised at the fifth-annual Father's Day car show at the veterans' home, 325 North St., during which veterans were able to take a look at about 150 cars lining the driveway.
The car show at the veteran's home is unique in that it does not require a fee for those that enter their car in the show. The event was supported by the sale of more than 6,000 tickets in a 50/50 raffle, and by sponsors of the 60 awards that were voted on by the veterans.
"For me, the best part was when one of the veterans from our memory care unit was able to come out and he was able to relate a car with a part of their history," said veterans' home CEO Melissa Jackson. "Even some of those who have not been able to speak in some time had joyful expressions."
Jackson said the number of people at the show every year who say they have never been to the veterans' home before is astonishing. "Taken for granted, here we are probably one of the biggest properties in the area It's nice that the community is finally getting to know who we are," she said.
The veterans' home deputy administrator, Col. Allan Faxon Jr., said the show has grown over the last few years, attracting thousands of visitors from outside the Bennington community.
"One of the things we've been trying to do is to get more people from the community on our campus for events," Faxon said. "This year, it was truly a community event. It was for and about the veterans, but community and kids participated."
Faxon took time at the check presentation to thank Bob Houran and Karen Walsh of the State Line Car Club for putting on the event every year. "Other events, we really have to put together a bunch of pieces but these guys did all the planning and brought the show to us."
The State Line Car Club puts on car shows throughout New England. Nevertheless, Houran said he enjoys doing shows for people who might appreciate it most. He also puts on an annual car show for a nursing home in Great Barrington, Mass. "It's nice seeing all the patients come out, eat a hot dog. It's nice: So we thought we would do something up here," he said.
Visit the Vermont Veterans' Home online at http://vvh.vermont.gov/.
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