Boys & Girls Club benefits from cruise-in, concert
Polk County Enterprise, April 2007
LIVINGSTON -- The 2007 Sonic Cruise-In and concert at Pedigo Park drew at least 2,200 people Saturday to raise funds to add a pavilion to the Boys and Girls Club’s Livingston site.
Heavy rains earlier in the day Saturday may have prevented some car enthusiasts from entering the show, but the weather cleared in time for plenty of spectators to make their way to the park, event organizer Greg Poynter said.
But the weather illustrated how badly the Boys and Girls Club needs the pavilion addition, Unit Director Sherry Wilson said.
On rainy days, all the members must stay inside, Wilson said. And with the Liberty Avenue currently serving 175 youngsters, it makes for close quarters.
Proceeds from this weekend’s event — which early tallies place at about $15,000 — will go toward installing a pavilion-style cover over the full-size basketball court that will allow some outdoor activity during less than perfect weather.
Saturday’s events included the car/motorcycle show, a concert by Jason Allen and Jody Booth and live and silent auctions emceed by Clarke Evans.
Spectators got a chance Saturday to examine several customized cars displayed by members of the host club as well as entries competing for trophies and bragging rights.
Mattie Starr of Livingston won first place in the car division with his blue and silver 1965 Ford Mustang fastback.
The top honors in the motorcycle group went to Dave McGee of Huntington for his black 2006 custom chopper.
The top truck honors went to a purple 1940 Willys pickup owned by Ronnie Kirksey of Trinity.
Other crowd favorites included a maroon 1966 Shelby Cobra owned by Ray Paulsey of Diboll and several customized motorcycles.
The Polk County Unit of the Boys and Girls Club hosts an after-school program that currently serves about 175 children.
Program participants can get homework assistance, use the computer lab and join in plenty of fun activities in a supervised environment.
The Livingston club is located at 1035 Liberty Avenue.
Wilson credited the success of the event to an excellent effort from parents and the unit’s directors.