Classic Cars for Cops and Kids

By intern Brittney Champion | May 27, 2014

This years seventh annual Classic Cars for Cops and Kids will be held May 31st from 12-4 p.m. at the Waynesville Plaza Shopping Center.

Numerous shops and generous donations fund this local event every year to raise money for the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) in their effort to give back to the community.

Tom Long, owner of Sears in the Waynesville Plaza, has been a key player in putting on this event and is excited to see what this year’s turnout will be.

“I’ve heard about having a nice turnout. Any year we bet on 60-125 cars,” Long said.

Registration will be 9 — 10:15 a.m. in the plaza. The entry fee is $20 per car and the owner will be given a t-shirt, however if you are entering more than one vehicle it is only $10 for the other cars entered.

The car cruise will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the car show will be noon to 4 p.m.

“Our overall goal is to raise money for the local FOP. We raise the money locally and make sure that it stays local to help children that would otherwise not have a Christmas,” said Long.

For many years now this event has provided the money used in the program, Shop with the Sheriff. Each December this program partners with the school system where children that are in need are chosen. These kids are joined with an officer where they get to shop for clothes, toys, and other treats for Christmas.

The money is raised from the registration fees and raffles, as well as donations from the community. The raffles include items donated from local stores like a lawn mower, toolbox and a shop local basket. There is a 50/50 raffle where everyone will be able to bid on items that range from an oil change to gift certificates.

The day will be full of fun for the whole family with food and a DJ, Bill Fowler, providing music throughout the event.

For the first time this year there will be hotdogs and hamburgers sold by Taylor Motor Company with 100 percent of sales going to the FOP. Jack the Dipper, coming soon to the Waynesville plaza, will also be there selling ice cream to help raise money.

Sponsors of the event include Staples, Aaron’s, Fat Buddies, Burke’s Outlet, American Cleaners, A to Z Signs, Taylor Ford, Beth’s Hallmark, Overbay Insurance, Sunset Cruisers Car Club, Junaluska Service Center/Exxon, The Mountaineer and all the law enforcement officers throughout the county.

If there are any questions contact Long at 452-5800 or stop by your local Sears.