The Grayson County High School FCCLA succesfully hosted its inaugural Cars and Guitars fundraiser on Saturday, September 21.
Classic cars were on display, and several musicians performed throughout the event, which was held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
According to FCCLA Advisor and GCHS Family and Consumer Science Teacher Cody Mooneyhan, the club raised about $200 for autism awareness and two large totes full of canned goods for the Leitchfield Food Pantry. Additional proceeds from the event will benefit Operation Military Kids.
“Overall, it was great,” Mooneyhan said. “The students really enjoyed it.”
FCCLA volunteer Dannie Olson worked at the event and said, “We had a good turnout on the cars for a first show.”
Jamie Gross, an FCCLA member, said she thought the event had gone well also.
“It’s a good opportunity for us to raise money,” Gross said.
The FCCLA, which stands for Family Career and Community Leaders of America, is a national organization that focuses on families, career preparation, and personal growth and leadership through family and consumer sciences education, Mooneyhan said.
Mooneyhan said the FCCLA also raised enough money for the club itself from Cars and Guitars to fund its trip to Omaha for national competition.
At the national competition, FCCLA students will compete in culinary art, culinary math, culinary knife skills, public speaking, and “toys that teach,” Mooneyhan said.
In previous years, FCCLA hosted beauty pageants in October and November for its annual fundraiser and would feature photos of the pageant winners in its annual calender; however, as interest in pageants waned, the club decided to try something new.
FCCLA member Renee Kipper said she came up with the idea to host a car show and collaborated on the event with Mooneyhan.
The club then contacted a number of musicians in Nashville to travel to GCHS and perform during what would become the first annual Cars and Guitars event, Mooneyhan said.
As a result of its new fundraiser, the club’s 2014 calendar will feature photos of the cars from the Cars and Guitars event, Mooneyhan said.
The 2014 FCCLA calendar will go on sale in the first week of December at the cost of $10. Anyone wishing to purchase a calendar will be able to do so by contacting any FCCLA member or Mooneyhan herself.