A crowd gathers at Lucky 7 Casino to view the 85 cars that were on display during MDA benefit. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
SMITH RIVER – Thanks to the generosity of car enthusiasts, the Muscular Dystrophy Association received $3,579 from Saturday’s MDA Car Show at Lucky 7 Casino.
About 85 cars were entered into the annual event, which was founded by MDA client Dayle Niemie, who is a car enthusiast and still attends the event that is now organized by Tom Lee, president of the Curry County Cruisers car club.
“We raised a total of $5079,” Lee said. “After paying for T-shirts and 41 trophies and other miscellaneous items, we netted $3579, which will be sent to the Medford branch of the MDA and then they disburse it back to the local area as needed.”
Included among the trophy winners were Best of Show awarded to Duane and Terry Haban of Crescent City, driving a 1934 Chevrolet three-window coupe; People’s Choice to Mic Furl of Medford, driving a 1936 Buick Series 40, complete with a “tommy gun” in the front seat; and the Lucky 7 Casino pick went to Ray Kent of Crescent City driving a 1972 Chevrolet Nova.
A surprise award was presented to Niemie – a quilt made from the T-shirts sold at each year’s events. The front of the quilt showed the logos that were imprinted on the front of the shirts. The back side of the quilt showed what was printed on the back of each shirt.