MIDLOTHIAN — The Helping Our Hands Committee will host an auto show from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Midlothian Multi-purpose Stadium to benefit the TXI workers injured in the May 19 plant accident.
“The Helping Our Hands Committee is made up of 10 volunteer members, who are all friends of the injured workers,” committee member John Blankenship said. “We’re doing this for them, because we know they would do it for us.”
One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Helping Our Hands fund for the four injured workers still not able to return to work. One of the workers injured has returned to work at TXI.
Participants in the auto show can compete in 19 different classes including open wheel race car, door slammer race car, junior dragster, truck pre-1972, truck post-1972, off road, under construction, street rod, oval track, rat rod, low rider, american motorcycle, metric motorcycle, pre-1950, pre-1960, pre-1970, pre-1980, pre-1990, and 1991 and newer.
There is a $20 entry fee. Awards for the first place winner of each class will be handed out at 3:30 p.m.
“We’ll have a raffle drawing for a Ruger Red Label Shotgun donated by P&W Machine in Cedar Hill,” Blankenship said. “Tickets will be sold up until the time of the drawing.”
The shotgun will not be at the auto show because it is illegal to have weapons at the multi-purpose stadium.
Some of the other attractions include a silent auction, automotive booths, and door prizes.
“We wanted the show to have a family atmosphere, so we’ve got a bounce house, cake walk, face painting, concession stands and live music,” Blankenship said. “Midlothian Fire Department is also bringing out an engine truck for the kids to take pictures with.”
The show will also feature live music from the Steve Helms Band, Central Expressway of Arlington, Criner of Gandview and Lance Gibson of Weatherford.
“We’ve got rock, southern rock, country, Christian and blue grass gospel bands,” Blankenship said. “We wanted a wide range of music that everybody likes and that is good for families.”
The Helping Our Hands fund set up at the TrustUs Federal Credit Union divides the funds equally among the injured workers every month.
“I would like to thank our sponsors and contributing companies for the auto show, but the list is still growing and I would hate for any of them to feel left out,” Blankenship said.
The Helping Our Hands committee includes Allan Wilson, Cherie Marley, Danny Thursby, Jerry Bob Jones, John Blankenship, John McCutchen, Mickey Blankenship, Paul Hanks, Ray Boston and Wayne Switzer.
The multi-purpose stadium is located at 1800 South 14th St., Midlothian. For more information about the auto show email email@example.com or call John Blankenship at 817-980-5176.
For more information about Helping Our Hands visit www.helpingourhands.com.
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