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Partnership means annual charity show expanding

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  • Lee Gomez of St. Charles gets a look at some of the cars during Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez's sixth annual charity car and motorcycle show last year in Elburn. Gomez was showing his own six-cylinder 1965 Chevrolet Impala.

       Lee Gomez of St. Charles gets a look at some of the cars during Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez's sixth annual charity car and motorcycle show last year in Elburn. Gomez was showing his own six-cylinder 1965 Chevrolet Impala.
    BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

 
 

Expect the seventh annual Charity Car and Motorcycle Show Aug. 31 in Elburn to be much larger this year.

Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez has partnered with Kendall County Sheriff Richard Randall to bring more show cars to the area.

Both men are fundraising co-chairmen for the Fox Valley United Way, which Perez has specified as the recipient of all funds raised during the event.

Perez said it was only natural to reach out to Randall, who until three years ago had a car show in Kendall County to raise money for the department's DARE program.

Perez said the United Way helps out local agencies such as Mutual Ground, Hesed House and the Assocation for Individual Development.

"It makes us feel good to know the money goes back into the community where it is truly needed," Perez said. "One-hundred percent of what we raise goes to whatever charity we sponsor that year."

Perez said the initial goal this year is for $10,000, and that sponsorships account for a majority of the fundraising.

The show usually averages about 200 or more vehicles, with the high mark being around 245 entries, Perez said.

The show will run from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Martin Family Farm, 2S111 Green Road, Elburn. The rain date is Sept. 1.

Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon and the entry fee is $10 per vehicle, $5 per carload for spectators.

Randall said people he's talked to are excited about the new show and the venue. An expansion at the Kendall County courthouse several years ago ate up the parking lot use for Randall's car show.

"Since then, we have not resurrected our car show," he said. "The (Martin Farm) location, from my understanding, is excellent. Pat raves about it. Without a doubt, this will be one of the premiere car shows in the Kane-Kendall area."

There will be numerous show categories, a 50/50 raffle, prizes, food and appearances of emergency vehicles from law enforcement agencies.

For more information, visit kanesheriff.com or call (630) 208-2000. For sponsorship information, call Janet Ardelan at (630) 208-2003.

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