Trinity Valley Community College student Will Baker isn’t going to Romania this spring break. But that didn’t stop him from finding a way to help those who are.
Three students from the college will be traveling across the globe in March to spend a week helping Romanian orphans in need.
Although he isn’t taking the trip, Baker has been working to organize a fundraiser for those students. His idea: the Cruisin’ Cardinals Car Show.
On March 2, drivers of all makes and models of car, truck, motorcycle and boat are invited to attend the show, which will be in the front parking lot of the college’s Athens campus.
“I told them I would help fundraise. And I enjoy car shows and have grown up going to car shows. So I thought this would be a great excuse to have a show,” said Baker.
The show will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Drivers do not need to register in advance, but can do so the day of the show. Registration for the show is $15 for a car or truck and $7 for a motorcycle or a boat.
“I’ve had people asking about all kinds of vehicles,” said Baker. “I even had a guy ask about an ATV and I decided why not. Sounds like fun.”
There’s no charge for members of the public who want to come look at all the vehicles on display. However, donations will be taken at the show for those who want to help the students with their efforts.
Awards will be given for best of show in a car/truck category and then in a motorcycle category.
Cortney Curran, who is the TVCC staff sponsor for the trip, said she is glad to have students like Baker who are willing to help where needed.
“This was a great idea Will had and I hope everybody comes out,” said Curran.
The students will be leaving for Romania March 7. Curran, who has been to Romania on similar trips in the past, said the students will be spending their days working at a facility for infants and working with children after school hours.
“These children are truly destitute,” said Curran. “They have nothing and we are glad to be able to help them.”
For more information on the Cruisin’ Cardinals Car Show, contact the TVCC Student Activities Office at 903-675-6252.