Crooked River Ranch Seniors sponsor event

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Crooked River Ranch Seniors held their first car show on Saturday.Americans are renowned for their love affair with automobiles — their own and everybody else’s. The entrepreneurial Crooked River Ranch Seniors capitalized on that trait for the first time last Saturday with their first official Senior Car Show on the grounds of their Senior Center.

The Seniors used to rely on a spring yard sale every year as their major fundraiser. Senior male members were the prime setter-uppers of the myriad articles donated for that show, some of which required considerable muscle to move around.

The original male members are now fairly well along in years and less able to wrestle heavy items around preparing for the yard sale, and their numbers are not being refreshed with a new batch of Senior males.

Consequently, the Seniors had to come up with a fundraising event that worked around physical limitations resulting from the aging process. They decided a car show was worth a try. From the positive results of last Saturday’s first Senior Car Show, it looks as though the Seniors made a good choice.

There were 50 cars on show last Saturday, mostly owned by Ranchers, but a number of them came from other communities. The Ranch business community, augmented by several off-Ranch businesses, donated a variety of goods and services or vouchers that were raffled off during the day, adding to the $10 car display fees.

Although all the numbers hadn’t been tallied by deadline, Earleen Arthur, president of the CRR Seniors, emailed Monday, “We probably will end up netting over $1,000 from our first car show. It wasn’t as lucrative as the yard sale used to be, and we didn’t expect it to be. The yard sale regularly raised up to $5,000 each year, but Saturday’s car show was a good learning experience and we picked up some tips and ideas on how to make it better next year."

“The CRR Seniors wish to thank all the sponsors of this event and the donators of our raffle items. This is part of what made our first car show a big success. Also, we wish to thank all the volunteers who kept things running smoothly.”

The show winner prize winners were: Best Of Show, 1954 Mercury convertible, Jerry Winheim; People’s Choice, 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe, Roy Morris; Best of Pre-1930s, 1928 Chevrolet four-door, Mike Braman; Best of '30's, 1935 Chevrolet Master Deluxe, Ron Ross; Best of 1940s, 1940 Chevrolet Master 85, Dawell and Vickie Curry; Best of 1950s, 1956 Chevrolet Del Rey, Dick Stevens; Best of 1960s, 1963 Corvette Coupe, Roy Morris; Best of 1970s and Newer, 1972 Chevrolet pickup, Jerry Green.

The queen-sized quilt made by Jane Fisher was won by Elaine Smith, a relative of Cleone Wise, and the $100 cash 50/50 raffle drawing went to Ev School, a relative of Jane Fisher.

"All the other raffle items were won by very happy recipients,“ said Arthur.

It looks like the Ranch has a new annual event added to its fall docket.


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