The wishes of several ill children in the Tri-City area will be granted, thanks to more than $25,000 in donations from the community and McCurley Integrity Dealerships' customers.
Through May, McCurley employees collected donations in a Wheels for Wishes fundraiser for the Tri-Cities Make-A-Wish Foundation. On Saturday, the 3-Rivers Corvette Club and McCurley sponsored Corvettes On The Columbia car show. During the show the Corvette club also had a silent auction with proceeds going to Make-A-Wish.
"It was a great show, the weather was perfect and we had hundreds of people come through," said Matt Price, coordinator and director for the car show.
People were very generous bidding on the silent auction items and many made extra donations to Make-A-Wish, he said.
In all, with the money McCurley Integrity dealerships collected in their Wheels for Wishes fundraiser, the proceeds from the silent auction, and donations from the various Corvette clubs at the show and the public, the Tri-Cities Make-A-Wish Foundation received a check for $25,618.
The check was presented to the staff of Make-A-Wish on Saturday evening just before the dance at the Clover Island which closed the car show.
"We've been told the average cost is $5,500 per wish. With that much money Make-A-Wish will be able to grant a lot of wishes," Price said.