Byrnes Mill Police Department’s inaugural auto show grossed $ 3,000 for the Missouri Special Olympics. The show took place Saturday at the Spring Hills Presbyterian Church in Byrnes Mill.
With the proceeds, the department raised $ 9,000 for the Special Olympics this year, and it hopes to raise at least $ 1,000 more, said Byrnes Mill police officer Aimee Stockard.
âWe are getting closer to our annual target,â she said. “We still have six months left.”
Stockard said about 200 people attended the auto show.
âIt was a hot day, but everyone came out,â she said.
Byrnes Mill Police Officer Cody Umfress said 37 cars entered the living room.
Stockard said Robert Lynch won the Athlete’s Choice award for his 2001 yellow Corvette. Three Special Olympics athletes, Jonathan, Becca and Thomas, named Lynch the winner.
Rick and Denise Schwepe’s car, a teal-and-white 1955 Belair, won the Best Show award, which went to the car with the most votes, Stockard said.
âWe had a fairly wide range of vehicles,â she says. âWe had Corvettes, Cudas, Firebird, trucks, Jeeps,â she says.
The High Ridge Fire Protection District and North Jefferson County Ambulance District also had vehicles at the event.
Stockard said his sister, Lilly Stockard, who is the Miss Heartland Princess of America superstar, attended the auto show.
Umfress said the House Springs Open Door Animal Sanctuary brought two puppies available for adoption at the car show, and one was adopted by one of the Special Olympics athletes.
Stockard said 20 donated baskets were drawn at the auto show.
Umfress said he hopes to have the show again next year.
âSeeing the cars was cool, seeing all the people coming out and supporting us was awesome, but seeing the athletes smiles to know we’re there to support them was my favorite part,â said Umfress.
Stockard said the police department had already raised $ 5,500 for the Special Olympics by participating in the organization’s annual law enforcement polar diving and torch race, both held earlier this year. .