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Reineke Family Dealerships and UAW 1219 put on first Veterans Car Show

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The dealership teamed up with the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 1219 to raise money to support local service men and women through their first Veterans Car Show. The dealership teamed up with the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 1219 to raise money to support local service men and women through their first Veterans Car Show.

The Reineke Ford Lincoln lot in Lima was packed Saturday afternoon — and not just with new cars. 

The dealership teamed up with the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 1219 to raise money to support local service men and women through their first Veterans Car Show.

"We have tons of people in our community that are in need, and we wanted to do something for the veterans so we thought the food pantry would be a wonderful outlet," said Greg Dell, Marketing Manager for Reineke Family Dealerships. "There's more need than we'll probably ever know. They have over 400 homeless veterans that they help serve. In turn, it's about 1,700 veterans they're helping a month."

Aside from admission fees of the over 100 classic and cool cars to cruise in, they will be raising money through food sales as well as Lincoln test drives, which could raise up to $8,000 for the cause. Money raised at the car show will go to support the Veterans Food Pantry, an organization close to hearts of Reineke and the UAW members, many of whom are veterans themselves.

"Out of the 1,300 to 1,400 UAW members we have 150 to 200 veterans," said Mike Copeland, President for the UAW Local 1219. "I don't think we can ever do enough for our veterans to support them, not just locally but across the country. It's one of those things that everybody can get behind because everybody has a debt to the veterans."

The UAW's Veterans Committee helped organize the event. While the committee has always been around, the UAW wants to get it more involved in the lives of our local veterans through events like the car show. While the day is full of good times and camaraderie, it truly is the veterans at the front of everyone's mind.

"I mean, the car show is fun, but we're out here for a reason and that's to raise money for the food pantry," said Dorvil Patton, who not only has been a member of the UAW but also is a veteran. He and his wife, Kay, brought their 1929  Ford Model A vehicle to put on display. "They've served our country and we should serve them."

After the success of their first car show together, Reineke and the UAW are looking forward to partnering to support veterans again in the future.

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