Shine and Show Q&A
September 25th, 2015 by Chuck Morrison
Bestwick Foundation Executive Assistant Michelle Matthews Kelley had some Q&A with last year’s event coordinator Taylor Leitzel to help gain some insight into the event and here is what they had to say.
1. This is such a fantastic senior project since it’s for a great cause. What sparked your interest in doing a senior project such as this?
“I was so happy with how my project went last year, I couldn’t have envisioned it being any better. I guess the thing that would have sparked my interest to do the project would have been both my love for cars and my family’s involvement with The Bestwick Foundation. I have always loved cars, I am what some would call a “gear head”, so I knew I wanted my senior project to involve cars. Also, my family and I have been involved with The Bestwick Foundation from the beginning, and I love what they do and what their mission is, so it was a no brainer to raise money for them. Being that the foundation had wanted to move into Clinton County, and that being where I live, I kind of just put two and two together and decided to do a car raffle. I couldn’t have been happier how mine (senior project) went in 2014, and I’m glad to see that it has been carried on this year. I plan to stay involved with it for years to come.”
2. How do you find the cars for the raffle? Are they donated or do you purchase them for the raffle?
“The 1969 Ford LTD and 1978 MG Midget used for my 2014 Raffle were bought by my father Don Leitzell and they were used for the raffle. If someone would have chosen the cars, the cars would have been donated to the cause, just as the $5,000 prize the winner chose last year was donated. For the 2015 raffle that Evan is doing, it is the same set up, both cars, the 1969 Jeep CJ5 and 1978 Chrysler Cordoba, were purchased and will be donated if chosen by the winner.
3. Follow up: Were you able to reach your goal last year with how much money you aimed to raise? How will the money be used to help Justin Kline, the beneficiary of this year’s Shine and Show?
“ Last year I exceeded my goal of raising $10,000 and ended up raising close to $13,000. Last year a check was given to a family with a young child battling cancer. This year, Justin Kline will be the beneficiary of the raffle. Justin, who is 31 years old, was diagnosed with leukemia in June of 2015 and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. He is a great guy, a coach of the 2011 Keystone Little League World Series team, and a former coach of mine. He is heavily involved in the community so I think it is great to be giving back to somebody who gives so much.”
4. Do you have any goals for the future of Shine and Show?
“ I would love to keep this event going for years to come. I think it is great for the community and for the foundation. I will be involved with it for as long as the raffle continues and I will continue to support The Bestwick Foundation.”