A car show in Abbotsford on July 25 raised more than $4,000 for the Salvation Army’s Pantry34 Program, which provides food in classrooms from kindergarten to Grade 12.
The third annual Mopar Car Show was hosted by Abbotsford Chryler and showcased more than 120 vehicles.
“This event was a true community partnership,” said Kim Hissink, fundraising coordinator for the Salvation Army.
The show was spearheaded by Matt Shirlaw – managing partner at Abbotsford Chrysler – and his team, as well as local Rotary Clubs (Abbotsford, Abbotsford-Sumas, Abbotsford-Matsqui and the Rotaract Club of the Fraser Valley).
“We are so grateful to have these incredible individuals who provide service above self within our community and support the Salvation Army throughout the year,” Hissink said.
The Pantry34 Program impacts more than 2,500 students in the Abbotsford school district annually. The goal of the program is to ensure that local students have access to healthy, nutritious snacks and beverages at any time of the school day, distributed at the teacher’s discretion, as part of their normal school routine.
“One of our key strategic initiatives at Abbotsford Chrysler is to find unique ways to give back to our community. As a fellow Rotarian myself, I felt the car show would be the perfect way to combine our annual event with a great local cause like the Pantry34 Program,” Shirlaw said.
Adam Hill, co-president of the Fraser Valley Rotaract Club, said the event was an opportunity to have fun while supporting an important cause.
“Food programs have been an important focus for Rotary in the Abbotsford community and we are always thankful to be active participants in reducing food insecurity,” he said.