ASHE COUNTY — The Heritage Iron Club of West Jefferson recently used proceeds from a car show they sponsored to give back to the Ashe County community.
The Heritage Iron Club was formed in 2003 by a group of enthusiasts who were interested in the preservation of classic and vintage cars, trucks, machinery and tractors. The club is a non-profit and donates to local organizations each year.
The club recently sponsored the Centennial Car Show on Main Street in West Jefferson on May 30. According to club member Tony Lyall, the car show honored Ricky Goodman who was the president of the group before passing away in early May of this year.
On Monday, Aug. 31, the Heritage Iron Club presented Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation and Ashe County High School (ACHS) with proceeds from the car show in the form of a check.
Club members including Lyall, Rob Knobel, Jerry Calhoun, Garry Elliott, Jeff Goodwin, Lynn Blevins, Joy Richardson, Wayne Mason and Bill Simmons were all present for the check presentation which took place outside of Ashe County High School.
“We want to to help the community,” Lyall said. “We’re a non-profit and we contribute our money back to the citizens of Ashe County.”
According to Lyall, Blue Ridge Electric was awarded $500 to benefit their program, Operation Round Up (ORU). ORU assists Blue Ridge Electric members in the winter time who are struggling to pay their energy bill. Kay Sexton of Blue Ridge Electric was present to accept the check on behalf of the program.
“This will go a long way and this will help a lot of families,” Sexton said to Lyall.
ACHS Principal Jason Krider was present to accept the check on behalf of ACHS. According to Lyall, ACHS received the check as a thank you for allowing the Heritage Iron Club to hold a car show in the parking lot of the high school.
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