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Jeff Slusher of Suisun City checks out a 1940 Chevy Coupe, Saturday, during the 4th Annual Bud Classic Car Show at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Fairfield. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)


Classic cars help raise money for holidays

By From page A3 | September 08, 2013

FAIRFIELD — A late-summer heat wave could not stop more than 350 car owners from proudly displaying their classic cars during the fourth Annual Bud Classic Car Show, Saturday.

Cars in all shapes, sizes and colors dating from 1928 all the way to 2013 filled the grounds of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Fairfield.

Proceeds from the entrance fee of every classic car and a silent auction will go to the local group Families Helping Families.

“Families Helping Families began with Budweiser employees helping local families during the holidays,” said Kevin Kohler, a retired member of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

Kohler supervised the silent auction with myriad items up for bidding, ranging from a wine set to San Francisco Giants memorabilia.

Appropriately, a “Cars 2″ movie poster with signatures of all the animators of the movie was expected to the best-selling item. Hours before the end of the auction, the poster had already garnered a $200 bid.

For Rod Burns, the classic car show was a way to show off his dad’s 1940 Chevy Master 85 Business Coup, which is quite noticeable, with a sunburst orange color.

“It gets a lot of attention,” said Burns with a laugh. Burns added that the car is still used by his sister and him to transport their dad.

Burn said that his dad purchased the vehicle in 1997 and continues to “fix it up.”

Now in its 28th year, Families Helping Families relies upon events like the classic car show to provide resources to the community, said Tony Garcia, president of Families Helping Families.

“There are a lot of employee hours donated to this (event),” said Garcia.

Last year, the classic car show provided enough funding for Families Helping Families to assist 300 Solano County families with a Thanksgiving meal. Also, 100 senior citizens were provided with a $100 holiday food card, according to the Families Helping Families website.

This year, the car show is expected to bring in $20,000 said Garcia.

“Without this event, then 400 families go without food (during the holidays),” said Garcia. “That’s around 1,600 to 2,000 people.”

Reach John Glidden at 427-6981 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter/glid24.


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