Centex Chillipalloza and Car Show in Nolanville Benefit Charities | Community
NOLANVILLE – Hundreds of spectators attended the inaugural Centex Chilipalloza and Car Show on Saturday benefiting local charities at the Nolanville Pit Stop Bar.
Lonestar Mopar Automobile Club and Descendants of the Republic RC 1836 Motorcycle Club hosted the event which included live silent auction, raffle, bouncy house, trunk or treat, live music , a chili cuisine, twenty vendors and other activities for children and adults.
Lonestar Mopar president and founder Ashley Noe said the event was the first annual show and around 35 vehicles were in attendance and the goal was to raise money for local charities.
“We are fundraising for Garden of Hope Central Texas which is a local foster home, so we plan to donate our funds and the profits we make today from the auto show to them,” he said. declared Noe.
Noe said his organization chose Garden of Hope Central Texas because several Lonestar Mopar members volunteered their time there and took the kids to the car show to make treats. Garden of Hope Central Texas helps children adjust to foster care.
“It’s important to me that children can still have a childhood, regardless of their circumstances,” Noe said.
Noe said she was impressed with the turnout at the event.
“Our community is always growing, always showing up for everything,” Noe said. “A month ago we organized a car wash for a little boy with brain cancer and in the rain Killeen (the residents) showed up again to support him. “
Descendants of the Republic RC 1836 President Todd Hennis said the purpose of the event, in addition to raising money for charity, was to get families out and do something for the children.
“Since COVID has happened, there really haven’t been any festivals and stuff because they got canceled,” Hennis said. “So we’re just doing something to get people out, get them active and support the community. “
Hennis said the motorcycle club presented a check for $ 1,000 to the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Dallas at the event. He said the club had also supported charities such as Families in Crisis, Angel Heart and the Ronald McDonald House in Temple. Hennis said these charitable benefits are all aimed at supporting the local community.
“I’m from Texas, my family has been in Texas since 1827,” Hennis said. “We are the descendants of the people who formed the Republic of Texas, and this is about supporting Texas and the people of Texas.”
Hennis said money is donated to causes that many people don’t realize exist, such as meeting the needs of children when they enter the foster care system.
“A lot of people don’t realize that these kids are given a garbage bag with everything they have when they are placed in foster care,” Hennis said. “So we give them money to be able to buy sports bags, to give them a little dignity because it is not their fault that they are orphans.
Hennis said children were sometimes taken away by child protection services in the middle of the night just wearing their pajamas.
“Give these organizations some money so they can buy these children’s clothes, it’s not this kid’s fault that he grew up in bad circumstances,” Hennis said. “Give them the opportunity to be successful in life, and every dollar we can give them makes a child’s life a little better. “
Thomas Primeaux said he and his daughters Galasiah Primeaux, 7, Breslyn Primeaux, 5, and his son JadenPrimeaux, 13, came to the event to show their support.
“They told us that during the day the event is kid friendly and kids love Halloween and love to dress up for Halloween,” said Thomas Primeaux. “I just wanted the kids to come have a good time and for a good cause.”
Pitstop Bar manager Twilla Reidinger said around 20 vendors attended the event.
“We run a chili kitchen and car show and have about 20 salespeople,” Reidinger said. “Everything from nails, necklaces and rings, and there are games for the kids.”
Kimmy Chapman, event coordinator for the Pitstop Bar, said sellers did not have to pay a fee but were asked to donate items for the auction.
“We said if you want to come here and settle in, please donate some of your products to us to run the silent auction so that we can promote you, but also help charities,” Chapman said.
Chapman said the bar was a local business and that he also supported other local businesses during the event.
“COVID has killed us and a lot of small businesses did not survive COVID,” Chapman said.
Megan Kent, a local Scentsy consultant and salesperson at the event, said she decided to attend the event because of her love for the product and her support of local charities.
“I love to share Scentsy with everyone, it’s a great product and a joy to share it,” said Kent. “I will donate some of my profits to charity. “
Kent is also a member of Lonestar Mopar, said giving back to the community through these events is their main focus.
“We recently did a car wash to help Rory Paul, who was diagnosed with brain cancer, and we raised over $ 1,500 for him,” Kent said. “It is good to go and give back to parents who feel helpless, with children with cancer, women victims of domestic violence, etc., to let them know that there are people who take care of them. them.”
Meriah Wail, along with Jackson and Wail Lazer Designs in Copperas Cove, became a saleswoman at the event after seeing the flyer on social media.
She said it was important to support local charities.
“We are part of this community and we need to take care of our people and our families,” Wail said.
“Just because we might not be blood related doesn’t mean we’re not family and trying to take care of our community. “