Car and motorcycle show raises funds for Fox Valley United Way
By Denise Moran For The Courier-News August 31, 2013 4:56PM
Oswego couple Jim and Martha Cumpata stand by the 1952 MG TD replica that Jim's father built from scratch. | Denise Moran ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 2, 2013 6:49AM
ELBURN — Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez and Kendall County Sheriff Richard Randall combined forces this weekend for the seventh annual Charity Car and Motorcycle Show at the Martin Family Farm, 2S111 Green Road.
Proceeds from the show will benefit Fox Valley United Way in Aurora.
This is the first time that both county sheriffs have been involved in the show. Randall said that he and Perez have served as co-chairmen of the Fox Valley United Way for the past six years.
“Fox Valley United Way is a good cause,” Perez said. “It serves both southern Kane and northern Kendall counties, which are in our jurisdictions.”
Fox Valley United Way serves 15 communities as assigned by United Way of America in Aurora, Big Rock, Bristol, Hinckley, Little Rock, Millbrook, Montgomery, Mooseheart, North Aurora, Oswego, Plano, Plattville, Sandwich, Sugar Grove and Yorkville.
According to Fox Valley United Way officials, the organization is “the only agency whose sole focus is to address a broad range of health and human services in the Fox Valley. There are many advantages to having a single community-wide fundraising effort. When you give to United Way, you give literally to many different agencies which help thousands of people in the Fox Valley area. More than 200,000 times last year, people here have benefited from our partner agencies’ programs.”
Over the past seven years, the annual car and motorcycle show has provided funds for: Easter Seals Jayne Shover Center in Elgin, Disabled American Veterans, Daniel P. Figgins Memorial Foundation, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Kane County, and Special Olympics.
According to Perez, a total of more than $50,000 was raised over the past six years. Last year, the show raised more than $9,000 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
“Our goal this year is $10,000,” Perez said. “We are expecting 70 to 100 vehicles. Our best show had 245 vehicles.”
Elburn resident James Glaser only had to travel an eighth of a mile from his home in order to bring his 1988 Suzuki Samurai to the show. He parked it next to the 1980s recovery vehicle owned by Henry Beckman of Batavia. A party deck was attached to the front of Beckman’s vehicle.
“This vehicle has lots of parts,” Beckman said.
Bob Pavlak of Elburn displayed his 1931 Ford street rod.
“I’ve gone to a lot of car shows,” Pavlak said. “This car has a turbo-charged Corvette engine, Corvette suspension and Corvette wire wheels.”
Jim and Martha Cumpata of Oswego brought their 1952 MG TD replica.
“My father, Eli Cumpata, worked on this car for 30 years,” Jim said. “He built it from scratch.”
Aurora couple Bruce and Carol DiSantis displayed their 1963 Corvette convertible.
“I’ve owned this car for 35 years,” Bruce said. “I always wanted a Corvette. This car is completely restored. We are the fifth owners, and we know the original owner. This has always been an Aurora car.”
Steve Bruce of Naperville brought his 1952 Chevrolet pickup to the show.
“I love these car shows,” Bruce said. “My wife, Diane, and I travel to shows every weekend.”
Geneva resident Dee Simmons displayed his 1932 Ford Coupe.
“I’ve owned it for 13 years,” Simmons said. “I don’t compete. This is a driver car, not a show car.”
Dave and Vivian Rutter of Bedfordshire, England, attended the show with their friends, Mike and Connie Dyer of St. Charles.
“This show is very impressive,” Dave said. “We go to shows in England that feature old English cars and classic bikes.”
Aurora resident Ron Morin came to the show on Saturday with his 1942 Dodge Weapons Carrier.
“I bought this vehicle from a guy in California,” Morin said. “It was used to transport small weapons and infantry to the front line during World War II. It has a .30 caliber machine gun.”
Morin and Matt Milligan of Sugar Grove both appeared in uniform at the show. Milligan said they will also attend the “Battle for the Hurtgen Forest” on Oct. 5 and 6, at Lyon’s Farm along Route71 in Yorkville. The event will be presented by the 2nd Infantry Division Reenacted and Kendall County Historical Society.
For more information on Fox Valley United Way, call (630) 896-4636.