Classic Car Group Hand Out $22,000 To Community Groups

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One lucky scholarship winner and 21 community organizations received a grand each Wednesday from the Rim Country Classic Auto Club.

Proceeds from the 15th Annual Beeline Cruise-in, totaling $22,000 was given away at the Payson United Methodist Church parking lot July 23.

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Representing various charities received donations from the Rim Country Classic Auto Club.These charities are the recipients of the proceeds raised by the 15th Annual Beeline Cruise In Charity Car Show.In total $22,000 was given away as a result of this year's car show.Along with these charities $1,000 was given in the form of a scholarship.

This is the first time in three years college scholarship money was given to a high school student.

"No one applied in the last two years," said Rim Country Classic Auto Club President Nancy Guyon. A viable applicant must have plans to study in an automotive field.

If more students applied for the scholarship it would not be limited to a single person receiving the $1,000, she said.

Rim Country Classic Auto Club members nominated 100 area charities, which were then voted on by the membership to recognize 21 for the difference they make in the community. This year's 3-day event ran April 25-27 and had more than 380 cars attend and attracted thousands of visitors. Last year's event raised $18,000 and $15,000 was raised the year before.

The RCCAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of classic automobiles, as well as participating in and supporting civic activities for the improvement of the community.

This year recipients: Arizona Quilters Guild DPS Quilt Angels, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (Payson), Isabell Hunt Memorial Public Library (Pine), Northern Gila County Genealogical Society, Payson Community Kids, Payson Helping Payson, Payson Humane Society (Building Fund or Second Chance), Payson Multipurpose Senior Center Development, Payson Supply Line, Payson Gateway Project, Payson Area Habitat for Humanity, Payson Gila County Sheriff Posse, Pine/Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee, Pine Strawberry Food Bank (St. Mary's), Pine/Strawberry Archeological & Historical Society & Museum, Rim Country Arizonans for Children, Rim Country Literacy Program, Inc., Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (Pine Senior Center), SonShine Club After School Program, Strawberry's Elite-Lawrence Lombardi Wheelchair Fund and Tonto Rim Search & Rescue

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