School foundation to host first car show
HUGHESVILLE – The goal is to showcase as many cars as possible. “That’s why we’re calling it Carz and More,” said Michael Pawlik, Superintendent of East Lycoming School District and Executive Director of the East Lycoming Education Foundation (ELEF), the sponsoring organization. “We want to build more scholarship opportunities,” replied Foundation board President, Geneva Peck.
The foundation recently achieved their 501C3 status which will allow more fundraising opportunities. The organization decided on a car show and will launch the first annual car, tractor, truck and motorcycle show on Saturday, May 17, rain or shine. Cars can be registered from 9 a.m. to noon that day. Judging will take place from noon to 3 p.m.
The ELEF was established September 2013 after three alumni initially made some significant donations for the school. With these alumni stepping forward to donate and contribute, several more new scholarships have emerged and so have the donations. Pawlik listed some of the memorial endowments which include Sean Michael’s family, Chistopher Secules’s family and the Sarah Frickland Scholarship organization. “More are coming, but I can’t disclose them yet, to be official,” Pawlik added. “These scholarships are a significant part of this foundation.”
The donations have been used for technology advancements and opportunities in the classroom, especially on the elementary level. The first project was the I-Pad initiative. Ultimately, the donations benefit the students and the staff enriching their quality of education.
And now businesses can make a donation and get a full tax credit according to Peck who revealed the Foundation’s newly approved status for EITC. This tax credit will go towards educational improvement. “This is a huge deal for businesses,” Peck responded.
The ELEF is completely run by volunteers. The car show will serve two purposes according to Pawlik – to bring in more revenue and to involve the community. Judging is by People’s Choice in several categories from farm equipment to trucks and motorcycles. There will be plaques for the oldest driver, the youngest driver, and longest distance traveled to the show. Dash plaques will be given out to the first 100 entries.
Just about the entire campus of the Hughesville High School will be used plus the Ashkar parking lot. The LCTC will be opening up their auto department for tours and will showcase the MG the students are rebuilding with an 8 cylinder engine, and a 1955 pick-up truck completely stripped for restoration.
Trophies will be made from old car parts. For example there will be a trophy from a cam shaft of a ’52 Buick or a piston from an old Dodge. “This will be a People’s Choice only, not juried,” Pawlik added.
Currently the foundation is accepting vendors and crafters for the event. “We want a lot of feature attractions with a small town festival feel and no admission,” said Pawlik. Look for door prizes, music and food.
“This is also going to be educational by bringing in a living history,” said Peck. “It gives more family roots and a feeling of belonging.”
Applications can be completed online at www.eastlycomingef.org or by contacting Michael Pawlik at 570-584-2131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.