MOOSEHEART, IL, July 11 – Cars, motorcycles and trucks of all kinds are going to find their way to the campus of Mooseheart Child City & School on Saturday (July 13) for what figures to be the largest car show in the campus’ history.
The St. Charles Corvette Club, with its strong history of putting together large automotive events, is hosting a show – free to the public – from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mooseheart in honor of both the 100th anniversary of St. Charles, IL Lodge 1368 and the upcoming July 27 celebration of the 100th anniversary of Mooseheart.
And all proceeds from the event are going to support the ongoing $10 million Mooseheart School Renovation Project.
“We’re doing as much as we possibly can for this effort,” show coordinator Dominic Fracasso said. “It’s a wonderful cause.”
Like many of the St. Charles Corvette Club members, Fracasso is a Moose member, so holding this year’s show on the Mooseheart campus became a marriage of many things the club members appreciate.
“We switched our meeting place to the St. Charles Moose Lodge last year, and they were nice enough to let us meet there once a month for no charge,” Fracasso said. “Since then, we’ve been learning about the Moose and every year we want to do something to give back.”
Fracasso said that last year, they donated $750 to Lodge 1368. This year, they are hosting the car show. And if the weather is good, it could break the 205-vehicle record for the largest show in Mooseheart’s history.
“Everyone is so energized,” Fracasso said. “I’m targeting 250 for a first-year car show of this nature.”
All cars, trucks and motorcycles are eligible for this show. Classic, rebuilt, stock and original vehicles are all eligible for entry. The registration fee is $20 per vehicle, of which 100 percent goes to Mooseheart. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon. Awards will be announced at 3 p.m.
“The cars will be very unique and very diverse,” Fracasso said. “The local Harley-Davidson dealer will be involved as well.”
Mooseheart is heavily involved in the show as well. Mooseheart, IL Lodge 2655 and Mooseheart, IL Chapter 3001 will have a concession stand in operation. Mooseheart students will be helping decide award winners.
“It’s just another chance for us to reach out to the community,” Mooseheart Executive Director Gary Urwiler said. “We can give people a chance to see things like this where it’s in the community and free and people can enjoy Mooseheart more.”
There will be many ways visitors to the show can help Mooseheart’s School Renovation Project. There’s a 50-50 raffle planned – the winner will be announced at 3 p.m. Parking for the event is free, but a donation bucket will be available. Fracasso said one of the club members has made 104 car-shaped cookies and donated them to be sold, two to a bag, at the show.
“This has been a wonderful experience so far,” Fracasso said. “We had Gary Urwiler come to this month’s meeting to give us a nice story on Mooseheart – what it does, what it means, what it is and Gary’s story as a former student. Everyone was really touched.”
Upcoming Events at Mooseheart:
July 27, Mooseheart Centennial Celebration, Mooseheart Fieldhouse and Stadium
Mooseheart Child City & School is a 1,000-acre community and school for children and teens in need of a secure home, located just south of Batavia, IL, between Illinois Route 31 and Randall Road.
Founded in 1913, Mooseheart is supported completely through private donations - the great majority of which come from the 1.1 million men and women of the Moose fraternal organization, in more than 1,700 Lodges and 1,600 Chapters located throughout the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Bermuda. Moose International headquarters is located on the Mooseheart campus.
Since its founding, Mooseheart has operated a complete, accredited kindergarten-through-high-school academic program, plus art, music, vocational training and interscholastic sports. It is an extremely nurturing and student-tailored program, with an average student-teacher ratio of 12-1.
Mooseheart students who complete their studies with a 3.0 GPA or better (4.0=A) are eligible for up to five years of annually renewable scholarship funding, covering tuition, room and board in an amount comparable to that required for an in-state student at an Illinois public university.
Mooseheart is currently home to nearly 250 students, ranging in age from preschoolers to high school seniors. Applications for admission to Mooseheart are considered from any family whose children are, for whatever reason, lacking a stable home environment. Mooseheart boasts its own U.S. Post Office and a fully functioning branch of Fifth Third Bank.
In addition to Mooseheart, Moose International also supports Moosehaven, a 70-acre retirement community near Jacksonville, FL founded in 1922; and conducts more than $90 million worth of community service programs annually.
Founded in 1888, the Moose organization has long offered its members an opportunity to do good for others while celebrating life, with family, social, and sporting activities. For more information on the Moose organization, visit the websites at www.mooseintl.org , www.mooseheart.org., www.moosehaven.org, or call 630-966-2229.