Car show gives back to sol­dier

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - Staff Re­port

DOWNINGTOWN >> The fourth an­nual Car Show and Com­mu­nity Day be­came a time of giv­ing back and a time of thanks to a sol­dier.

The show was re­cently held at the Tech­ni­cal Col­lege High School (TCHS) Brandy­wine Cam­pus, which part­nered with the Re­cy­cling Rides pro­gram, and pre­sented Sgt. Tif­fany Rowan with a re­fur­bished 2012 Nis­san Sen­tra by 3D Auto Body and Col­li­sion Cen­ters.

Rowan, of Beth­le­hem, is a 12year mem­ber of the United States Army Re­serve. She has been de­ployed to Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar in sup­port of Op­er­a­tion Iraqi Free­dom and En­dur­ing Free­dom.

Her fi­ancé, Ver­non McLu­cas, is a vet­eran of the New York Army Na­tional Guard, af­ter serv­ing his six-year con­tract. For both, the tran­si­tion from ac­tive duty to civil­ian life has been chal­leng­ing. Be­cause of that, she ex­pressed grat­i­tude for the car.

“We’ve had some hard times since we came back get­ting ac­cli­mated to be­ing civil­ians,” Rowan said. “It’s been very dif­fi­cult. I am re­ally ex­cited about the car.”

The win­ners from the car show were a 1931 Ford AA Mail Truck/ James T. Horn of Coatesville, first; 1940 Buick Su­per Coupe/Jeff Rice of Downingtown, sec­ond; and 1964 Ford 500 XL Con­vert­ible/ Gor­don Fry of Glen Mills in third.

Ac­cord­ing to TCHS Brandy­wine rep­re­sen­ta­tives, about 1,000 peo­ple at­tended the Re­cy­cled Rides cer­e­mony. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded build­ing and class­room tours, and ser­vices pro­vided by area busi­nesses and TCHS pro­gram in­struc­tors, face paint­ing and food pre­pared by the TCHS Brandy­wine culi­nary arts stu­dents.

The event was co­or­di­nated by Kate Vig­giano, ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant to TCHS Prin­ci­pal Frank McKnight, and Mark Ser­fass, TCHS Pick­er­ing in­struc­tor.

“There was a great turnout,” Vig­giano said. “The show is a schol­ar­ship fundraiser as well as a com­mu­nity day and open house to high­light the en­tire school and all of the pro­grams we have to of­fer them.”

“It was an­other op­por­tu­nity to see all the great things stu­dents are do­ing in ca­reer and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion,” TCHS Brandy­wine As­sis­tant Prin­ci­pal Dave Purdy said. “It was a great day for our lo­cal busi­nesses, our spon­sors, com­mu­nity mem­bers, our staff and stu­dents to come to­gether and have a good time, plus al­low us to pro­mote the build­ing.”

The car show is spon­sored and sup­ported by 3D Auto Col­li­sion Cen­ters, ABRA Auto Body and Glass, Black Horse Auto Body Sup­ply, Valspar, Coatesville Youth Ini­tia­tive, Fast Signs, Franklin Mint Fed­eral Credit Union, the Ch­ester County In­ter­me­di­ate Unit Practi-

cal Nurs­ing Pro­gram and Uni­ver­sal Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute.

Ac­cord­ing to event or­ga­niz­ers, par­tic­i­pat­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions in­cluded Ge­ico In­sur­ance and the time and ma­te­ri­als for Rowan’s car were do­nated by Fred

Beans Parts of Doylestown, Wensel’s Re­pair of Spring City, Le­high Val­ley Bumper of Al­len­town, LKQ Corp. of Philadel­phia, Key­stone Au­to­mo­tive of Philadel­phia and Chuck’s Auto Sal­vage of Dou­glassville. These groups worked in con­junc­tion with 3D’s Spring City fa­cil­ity to re­store the 24,000-mile Nis­san to fac­tory con­di­tion.

“I feel priv­i­leged to be al­lowed

to do this,” said 3D owner Dave Nie­stroy.

The Re­cy­cled Rides pro­gram was de­vel­oped by the Na­tional Auto Body Coun­cil in 2007. The pro­gram brings to­gether in­sur­ers, col­li­sion re­pair ex­perts, paint sup­pli­ers, parts ven­dors and other col­lab­o­ra­tors to re­pair and do­nate ve­hi­cles to de­serv­ing in­di­vid­u­als and ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Tif­fany Rowan, of Beth­le­hem, a 12-year mem­ber of the U.S. Army Re­serve, sits in the driver’s seat of the 2012 Nis­san Sen­tra she was pre­sented with by 3D Auto Body and Col­li­sion Cen­ters dur­ing the fourth an­nual Car Show and Com­mu­nity Day at the Tech­ni­cal Col­lege High School (TCHS) Brandy­wine Cam­pus in Downingtown.

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