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Church Brothers car show cancelled for this year

organizers move forward with plans for 2017 event

Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016 10:00 am
by Sally Bonneau

INDIANAPOLIS – In spite of weeks of efforts to schedule a make-up date for the 3rd annual Church Brothers Collision Repair Car Show, company president Ted McClintic has made it official: the 2016 car show has been cancelled.

The event, a benefit for the Gary Dudley Memorial Scholarship Foundation, originally was scheduled for June 4. It was postponed due to heavy rain that weekend.

“Since early June, we’ve searched for dates when everyone involved with our show – the Indiana State Police, representatives of the Dudley Foundation, promotional partners, vendors, judges, volunteers, and many others – would be available,” McClintic said. “We also reviewed car show calendars in order to be respectful of other events going on in our area.

“The complexity of being able to pull so many individuals and organizations together for a late-season make-up date simply proved to be an insurmountable task,” he continued. “We want to present the first-class show that we’ve become known for, so with that in mind, our executive committee determined that the best course of action is to focus on planning for a great show in 2017.

“Our organizing committee will meet during Q4, when we’ll set the 2017 show date and rain date,” he said. “Those dates will be announced on the Church Brothers’ website and Facebook page as soon as they are set, and we’ll post on next year’s car show calendars, too.”

The car show’s cancellation will not leave the Gary Dudley Memorial Scholarship Foundation high and dry, however. Nearly $5000 in vendor and supporter donations were collected pre-June 4, and most generously have declined refunds. All donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Church Brothers Collision Repair, and a contribution anticipated to be around $10,000 will be made to the Foundation, which is the permanent beneficiary of the car show.

The Gary Dudley Memorial Scholarship Foundation honors Indiana State Police Lt. Gary Dudley, who was killed in 2006 while participating in a charity bicycle ride to raise funds and awareness for the Indiana Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS). The Foundation, established by his widow, Carolyn, awards college scholarships to children of Hoosier police officers killed in the line of duty. To date, nearly $200,000 has been awarded to deserving students. Last year’s Church Brothers Collision Repair Car Show raised $15,000 for the Foundation.

“The 2016 car show was shaping up to be the best ever, but Mother Nature threw us a curve on June 4,” McClintic said. “We want to thank everyone involved this year for their support and hard work, and hope everyone will return in 2017 with the same spirit and enthusiasm to present another fantastic event.”

For additional information about Church Brothers Collision Repair, the family-owned and operated collision repair firm founded in Indianapolis in 1929, and to keep up-to-date on car show news, visit www.church-brothers.com.

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