The Panhandle Council of Car Clubs kicked off its 35th annual car show Saturday, March 2, benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.
The event first started 35 years ago as a passion with only 80 cars and eventually became one of the biggest car shows in the panhandle.
Barry Henson, Car Show Chairman for the Make-A-Wish Car Show, said the council originally wanted to just showcase nice cars.
“We had guys on a board, they were car guys, and the clubs wanted something to give it to and we wanted to put on something big,” Henson said.
The show has grown so big that it takes up most of the Amarillo Civic Center. All of the proceeds from the car show go directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.
Henson said that he is proud to see those in the car community give back.
“We do several hundred car shows during the year,” Henson said. “So there’s all kinds of things we do for the community.”
Henson said he feels honored to be part of an organization that has helped grant so many wishes.
“It becomes kind of like a wide awakening for everybody that’s here that makes it even better,” Henson said.
Suzan Scheffe, an employee for Make-A-Wish, has seen many wishes granted because of the funds raised by the car show.
“It’s the most incredible feeling in the world whenever you see the light in a child’s eyes just go off because you know this is something that’s going to bring them pure joy,” Scheffe stated.
One of her most memorable wishes was when a boy was able to meet his favorite WWE star.
“Whenever he met him he got to go in the ring and be a part of that, and all of a sudden he had these inspirations, “Scheffe stated, “You hear the stories after the wish and we see that wishes help families heal.”
In the 35 years the Panhandle Council of Car Clubs has put on this event they have raised around 2 million dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation said they are always needing donations but if people can not donate money, they ask that they try to donate their time.
The car show is still going on tomorrow, March, 3, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and kids under seven years-old are free.