SOUTH HOLLAND | A dozen car enthusiasts helped local children get coats for winter with a Cruise Night fundraiser on Sept. 14.
Mike Ogletree, a member of the Knights of Columbus Genoa Council, coordinated a car show at St. Jude the Apostle Church parking lot in South Holland.
After hearing mention of a car show at a meeting, with proceeds to benefit a Coats for Kids program, he undertook the challenge of making the car show a reality.
Fliers were distributed by council members. Ogletree and his committee started outlining their tasks and preparing for the event.
On show day, Ogletree distributed registration papers and instructions to his committee, barricades were put up and hopes were high.
Suddenly, cars showed up in a line out to the street. As fast as they could be registered, they each parked and opened up their treasurers on wheels for inspection by the public.
Hundreds of people of all ages walked up and down the lines of muscle, antique and modified cars and trucks. A quiet little church parking lot had been transformed into a carnival of food, music and charity.
Observers voted on most popular entries, and trophies were awarded to the winners. When the last car left the lot, more than $800 had been collected. Profits will be used to buy coats for kids through the nationwide Knights of Columbus program.