Motor show raises over $1,600 for Penrickton Center for Blind Children – The News Herald

The Penrickton Center for Blind Children is blessed with a large network of individuals and organizations who donate regularly, but a car show fundraiser stands out for one particular reason.

On July 9, the Downriver Wanderers Classic Car Club held a car show on the grounds of the Penrickton Center, located at 26530 Eureka Road in Taylor.

For those unfamiliar with Penrickton, it is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides care and support to blind and partially disabled children and their families.

It has been around since 1952, but has changed over the years to meet the needs of visually impaired children in the Detroit metro area. He currently specializes in working with legally blind children, ages 1-12, with at least one additional disability such as deafness, cerebral palsy, brain damage, developmental delay, seizures and others.

Patty Obrzut (centre), assistant director of the Penrickton Center for Blind Children, thanks Randy Oleynik, ‘the man of good humour’, for a donation he made to the centre. Looking up is Terry Barrett (left), chairman of the Downriver Wanderers Classic Car Club, which sponsored the car show. (Photo courtesy of Downriver Wanderers Classic Car Club)

Many organizations that fundraise for Penrickton do so at their own facilities or other outdoor locations, but the very nature of a car show requires a lot of space and what better place to showcase what does Penrickton than hold it in Penrickton?

“The Downriver Wanderers Car Show is unique in that it is held on the grounds of the Penrickton Center for Blind Children,” said executive director Kurt Sebaly. “Car enthusiasts can show off their fantastic cars, but also experience the Penrickton Center first hand to see how we are helping very special children.”

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The Downriver Wanderers Classic Car Club fundraising car show featured 60 cars and trucks. (Photo courtesy of Downriver Wanderers Classic Car Club)

The fundraiser is always a highly anticipated event for Downriver Wanderers Classic Car Club chairman Terry Barrett, who said 60 cars and trucks took part in this year’s show. He said many people who had cars in the show, as well as those who came to see them, went on tours of the Penrickton Center.

The group’s fourth annual car show raised $1,677 for Penrickton.

“This donation will be used in our field trip program to take our children out into the community,” Sebaly said.

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This was the fourth fundraiser held by the Downriver Wanderers Classic Car Club to benefit Taylor’s Penrickton Center for Blind Children. (Photo courtesy of Downriver Wanderers Classic Car Club)

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