Third time’s the charm for breast cancer awareness event

GEORGETOWN – The third time was the charm.
Following two weather-related postponements in October, a record-smashing pledge was realized Sunday during the 7th Annual Georgetown Breast Cancer Awareness Car, Truck, Bike and Tractor Show staged at the Marvel Museum.

More than 200 car, truck, bike and tractor entries, auction proceeds, program and event sponsors and generous out-of-pocket donations added up to a record $20,000-plus raised in support of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition and its awareness and outreach programs.

The event was again presented by founder Levin Clark, supported by a small army of volunteer, including the County Seat Cruisers car club.

“I got my goal. My goal was $20,000. We’re just a hair over $20,000. This is a new record,” said Mr. Clark. “I mean I had people coming up giving $100 bills. I had one donation at $125. Other people brought up $50, $25, all different things.”

The event in the previous six years had raised a total of about $41,000 for the DBCC.
Sunday’s six-hour event featured food and craft vendors, merchandise and used car auctions, disc jockey entertainment from Brian K. Hall of 103.5 FM The Vault and the band Pistol Whipped.

Special guest was retired NASCAR driver Donnie Allison, who made the trip from North Carolina with his wife, Pat.
“He really enjoyed himself. He said, ‘Levin I didn’t think it would be this big,” said Mr. Clark.

The regular auction raised about $3,000. “The five-digit tag we had for the auction brought $1,700,” Mr. Clark said.
Another $300 was donated through the Pin-Up Girl Contest, featuring two ladies dressed in late 40s early 50s attire who canvassed the grounds seeking donations to support the cause.

“A lot of people really stepped up to help me out this year,” said Mr. Clark, noting that the 50/50 raffle winner went home with $1,004.
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s mission is to empower the community by raising awareness of breast health issues through outreach, education and support services, to hopefully facilitate early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Among those on hand for Sunday’s event were Georgetown Mayor Bill West and his wife Faye West, a survivor of breast cancer.
Mayor West acknowledged Mr. Clark for founding, continuing and growing this annual event.

“Ladies and gentlemen, Levin Clark has worked hard the past seven years to make this event happen,” said Mayor West. “It’s not easy pulling everybody together, especially when you have two rainouts, but to look at the cars we’ve got here today, let’s give Levin a hand because people have turned out for it. Thank you, Levin.”

Held the day before Veterans Day, Mr. Clark offered a salute to veterans, recognizing those who came out to support Sunday’s show.
“If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be here today. Thank guys and ladies. God bless you all,” Mr. Clark said.

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