There’s nothing better than starting the New Year with a charity car show event hosted by Groupe Car Club. Early morning in La Puente on New Year’s Day, January 1st 2015, car clubs, bikes, and solo riders came together to make this fundraiser a success. There were several car shows and cruises to attend that day and yet many made an appearance to support such a great cause. In June of 2014, Saint Louis of France School in La Puente was struggling to keep the school open due to low enrollment. In order to sustain the school, they need at least 250 students to be enrolled. Currently, as per Richard Soto, the new administrative assistant, they have about 124 students. “We still have a lot of growing to do…so fundraising is very, very important.” Richard Soto said that “it was fate” that he met Rudy Sandoval, president of Groupe Car Club, at a car show, which was held at a restaurant in San Dimas. While at brunch, Richard started a friendly conversation with Rudy and his wife. Low and behold the conversation leads to talk of the school’s financial difficulty, including the upgrade of school books and technology for their computer lab. Rudy offered his assistance and asked how big their parking lot was. After the car show, they took a trip to the school to scope out the property, and the rest is history.
There were about 400 entries that participated, which included car clubs, truck clubs, VW clubs, bikes, as well as various solo riders. Some of the car clubs that attended were Imperials, Klique, Lifestyle, Original Bomb Club, Antiques, Dukes, Old Memories, Nu Minis, German Folks, Weekend Toiz, Relaxed Atmosphere, Classified, Bomb Squad, Tradicionals, Nite City, and Pride car club to name a few. The day consisted of entertainment by DJ Frankie D, a beer garden, a Mariachi breakfast, and many vendors selling all kinds of food, snacks, products, magazines, posters, clothing, and accessories. Raffle tickets, as well as 50/50 tickets, were also sold. The prizes ranged from gift baskets, gift cards, and framed photos, to a 55 inch Smart TV. Members of Groupe sold tickets, made the baskets, and donated some of the prizes, including the TV. There were many other contributors as well, including Tepeyak restaurant, Los Cinco Puntos, Taco Nazo, Logos Two, Auto Zone, and Marco’s Auto parts. Several car clubs also collected funds from their members to donate to the cause. The DJ equipment was sponsored by Global Truss and American DJ, and the Mariachi breakfast was sponsored by the students, teachers and parents of Saint Louis of France. All the proceeds and donations went directly to the school. They raised over $10,500 dollars. In all, the whole day was a huge success, a great time between car clubs, family and friends.