Car club contributes to Caring Kitchen


Caring Kitchen Executive Director Marilyn Cohn, middle, accepts a check in the amount of $1,430 from Champaign Cruisers Car Club President Nelson Faulkner, right, and club Vice President Paul Fry, left.

The Champaign Cruisers’ 18th annual Firecracker Car, Truck and Bike Show held July 4 at the Skelley Lumber Company in Urbana will go down as the club’s largest show to date.

“We had 636 registered entries (552 in 2014), which is probably a record in the state for a car show put on by a car club like ours,” Champaign Cruisers Car Club President Nelson Faulkner said. “I would say we probably had 3,500 people walk through during the day.”

While numerous entrants walked away from the show with trophies and door prizes, the biggest winner of the day just might have been the Caring Kitchen in Urbana, which received half the proceeds from the 50/50 raffle.

On Monday, Marilyn Cohn, executive director of the Caring Kitchen, received a check for $1,430 from the club.

“A donation like this is amazing,” Cohn said. “Right now, our shelter is full with a waiting list, and the number of meals we serve at lunch and dinner are up from a year ago, as is the number of food boxes we are doing.

“Any donations that come in to Caring Kitchen are greatly appreciated,” she added.

Faulkner said the car club, which currently boasts 95 members from eight counties, has been donating half the proceeds from the car show’s 50/50 raffle to the Caring Kitchen for 18 years.

“We give to Caring Kitchen because it helps so many people,” he said.

Since its formation in 1997, Faulkner said, the club has donated $58,000 to area organizations, cancer patients and individuals displaced by house fires.

“The club’s all about charity,” he said. “We give all our money each year to charity.”