Fourth of July car show to benefit foundation that assists first responders

A Fourth of July car show at Lake Shawnee will benefit a foundation that provides services for local first responders, including police officers, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, dispatchers, military personnel and emergency medical technicians.

The car show will be held in conjunction with the Spirit of Kansas Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in a grassy area near Reynolds Lodge, 3315 S.E. Tinman Circle.

Ed White, a retired Topeka police major, is the event’s organizer. He said dozens of cars will be featured.

“Last year, we had over 100 cars here,” White said. “I just got a call the other day from a guy in Leavenworth who said he was going to bring a couple of cars down.”

People can register their cars for the show beginning at 8 a.m., an hour before the event begins. The registration fee is $20, with dash plaques given to the first 100 entrants.

At 2:30 p.m., prizes will be awarded for the top 30 cars. Vendors will be on hand, White said, and music will be provided by Rainbow Dragon DJ.

White said he has been putting on Fourth of July car shows for the past six years with help from a devoted group of volunteers, including his son, Dustin.

Funds raised at the events benefit local charities.

“Last year, we raised funds for the law enforcement memorial at the Statehouse,” White said. “We raised almost $2,400.”

Proceeds from this year’s event are slated to go to the 10-33 Foundation, which helps first responders get counseling services.

Karl McNorton, fire chief for the Soldier Township Fire Department north of Topeka, said he was grateful proceeds from the car show will go toward educational materials for local participants in the 10-33 Foundation.

McNorton, who is program manager for the Midwest region of the Vacaville, Calif.-based 10-33 Foundation, said the organization is designed to offer support for first responders, with services such as stress debriefing and counseling after critical incidents.

McNorton said the Midwest region of the 10-33 Foundation has existed for about a year and in that time has “grown exponentially.”

He said the 10-33 Foundation also provides support to families of those who serve on the front lines in emergencies and disasters “so they understand what their first responder is going to see and/or feel, so they have an idea what they’re going through.”

According to the organization’s website, the “10-33” part of the foundation’s name refers to a “10 code” used by many police agencies to signal a situation in which emergency assistance is needed.

The “10-33” also is tied to a Bible verse found in Luke 10:33, from the parable of the Good Samaritan. In the passage, the Samaritan “was moved with compassion” and went out of his way to aid an injured man.

Donations can be made to the 10-33 Foundation at the car show.

To find the car show on Tuesday, take S.E. East Edge Road west from S.E. Croco Road, then turn onto S.E. Tinman Circle. For information, call White at (785) 640-9915.

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