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Parade of Power

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Auto show raises big bucks to feed local children

By KEVIN SMITH
For the Progressive Journal

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Downtown Pageland was the location for the first Parade of Power & Car Show, an event organized to help support the Blessings Resource Center’s Blessings in a BackPack program. A part of Chesterfield County First Steps, the program has provided nutritious food for needy children for six years.
“I am so pleased with the support of our first annual parade and car show,” says organizer, sponsor and District 5 Town Councilwoman Elaine Robertson. “We had a great event for First Steps, raised $5,827 for Blessings in a Backpack and collected lots of food for Blessings Resource Center. All the people that I talked with had a great time and really enjoyed us bringing this event downtown.”
The festivities started with a parade at 11 a.m. through downtown Pageland featuring 102 cars, trucks, motorcycles and even tractor trailers. Downtown Pageland was blocked off to showcase the car show entries after the parade, where attendees could view the 72 show entries and vote via ballot. Categories included American muscle, import, classic, truck/suv, and motorcycle.
Food vendors were also stationed downtown, and children participated in several activities. Live music was provided by local band, Hard Cash.
Raffle tickets were sold leading up to the show and throughout the event. Brenda Walker of Pageland won an 8x8 storage building provided by Wadesboro Lumber & Barns, and Sylvia Cook of Lancaster won a 6x6 picnic table donated by Hartsville Lumber & Barns.
“The weather was great, the participants were great, and the food was great,” said Robertson. “We all came together for a great cause. I would like to personally thank everyone that helped bring this event to Pageland: Norris Miller and Jeremy Johnson of the Power Fanatics Mustang Club from Monroe, N.C., and Karen Martini and staff from Chesterfield County First Steps. Also a big thank you to the Pageland Police Department, Jay Brooks and the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department, Tommy Catoe and the Sandhill Volunteer Fire Department, Pageland Fire Department, and all the vendors that helped make this event what it was. Last but definitely not least, I appreciate everyone that came out to show support and who brought nonperishable food items to fill the First Steps truck during this inaugural event and for helping to support the Blessings in a BackPack program!”
“The nutritional and developmental needs of at-risk young children do not change because the school year ends,” said Chesterfield County First Steps Executive Director Karen Martini. “The funds from a Blessings in a BackPack sponsorship will go directly toward providing weekend nutrition to at-risk young children in our community. The greatest need of Chesterfield County First Steps right now is developing sustaining revenue sources for our family-strengthening programs, Blessings Resource Center and Blessings in a BackPack. And of course, the Blessings Resource Center food bank is always in need of food donations.”
Robertson said she hopes to make this an annual event to benefit the center.
The Blessings Resource Center is located at 207 W Pigg St. in Pageland. They can be reached at (843) 672-5095, or by visiting the Chesterfield County First Steps website at chesterfieldfirststeps.org.