COTV WON THE TROPHY FOR THE CLUB
WITH THE MOST CARS AT THE EVENT
THIS YEAR’S INDIVIDUAL WINNERS
VETTES for VETERANS
SECOND PLACE C7
Some Folks Who Won at the Raffle & Silent Auction
Vettes For Veterans
November 9, 2019
You couldn’t have asked for a better day to celebrate our veterans!
A large group of COTV members met at our usual place and set out for the Shoppes at Carlsbad for the North Coast Vettes’ Eighth Annual Vettes for Veterans event. The Club has raised more than $198,000 over the past seven years to benefit the Semper Fi Fund and the Paralyzed Veterans of America. The show is judged by members of those two organizations. All participants who are veterans receive a laminated display card for their dashboards and the whole day revolves around service members, past and present.
COTV was represented by Leonard and Carol Buote, Charity Burrell, Chuck Calagna, Wes Carroll and Carole Schartoff, Glenn Crowther, Doug and Marilyn Glenore, Dave Hellman, Skip Hipp, Jeff and Denise Kilpatrick, John and Fritzi McDermott, Willie Nagle, Joe and Rosemary Priebe, Mike Re, Chuck Sherman, Jim Sommars, Bill Steed, Curt Stevens, John and Lynne Vara, and Rob and Daryl Weber. Dave Hellman met us there since he now lives in Carlsbad. John McDermott trailered his beautiful black ’69. We were also joined at the event by Bruce Ferrell and Jayne Bendel who live in Fallbrook and joined the Club on the spot. Welcome! Unfortunately, Don and Bev Weeks had to cancel and missed the fun. Leonard Buote and Joe Priebe even drove their ’66 and ’63, but kept up with the caravan.
Once we get set up in our places, it is time to head to Panera Bread and get coffee since most of us had not had time for much before the 7:30am departure. Of course, Joe Priebe always finds time to get his morning (or afternoon) coffee fix. By now, we know a lot of folks at this event since they are all from local clubs and we have attended their shows (like Plastic Fantastic) and even travelled with some of them. So there is time to chat and to wander around to view all the cars. An early lunch break sent most of us to either Islands or Panera for sustenance and also to get out of the warm sun (85 degrees) for a while.
Vettes for Veterans is also known for their elaborate raffle baskets and interesting Silent Auction items. Lucky winners of baskets included: Curt Stevens (2), Dave Hellman, and Bill Steed. Winners in the silent auction included: Glenn Crowther, Jeff Kilpatrick and Rob Weber.
After all the raffles were done, they got down to awards for the winning cars, selected by the veterans. All winners receive a framed certificate and CASH. Many winners return the cash to the North Coast Vettes to enrich the total cash donation. We had winners in C3 (John McDermott), C4 (Curt Stevens), and C7 (Mike Re – who said he didn’t even want his car judged!) COTV also won the award for the largest group of cars, at 20, beating North County, last year’s winner.
Hooray for us! We had a day of fun and a winning one at that. We look forward to 2020’s Vettes for Veterans.