Last year, local Realtor Allison Stine decided to organize a car show at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club to support Operation SEAs the Day, a local nonprofit whose mission is to “organize and facilitate a beach week event for our wounded soldiers and their families as a means of showing our appreciation for their service and sacrifice.
“It is our hope that such a community-based gesture of support will be comforting and help ease their transition back into civilian life,” organizers said.
“The first year of the Warrior Beach Week, I was not familiar with the event at all, and it sort of came and went,” recalled Stine. “It was completely off my radar screen until after the event. My friend Don Summerville, who is very involved with Operation SEAs the Day, told me all about it,” she said.
“I’m a car enthusiast, and I wanted to get involved in some way beyond just donating my Sea Colony condo or something. I wanted to find a way to raise more money. I have experience in organizing car shows. So I thought it would be a great opportunity to raise money for the organization.”
This year, Warrior Beach Week will take place Sept. 8-13. More than two dozen Wounded Warriors and their families will be provided with a worry-free beach vacation in Bethany Beach, which includes fun outings, such as boating and golf.
The car show, which takes place on Sept. 12, during Warrior Beach Week, offers day-of registration beginning at 9 a.m. and costs $15, which includes lunch. Judging begins at 11 a.m. The awards ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. Stine said that all spectators are admitted to the show free of charge.
“Last year, we were expecting about 40 cars, and we had 125 cars,” said Stine. “Between the two organizations — Operation SEAs the Day and Wounded Warrior Project — we donated a little over $6,000. The spectator attendance was overwhelming, truly.”
A golf cart shuttle service will be provided throughout the day for spectators driving in to see the show.
Stine said the show has had a great deal of support from the community and she hopes it will continue to grow.
“We had overwhelming support from within the community itself. Then we had people from the real estate community, people from surrounding neighborhoods, members from committees from Operation SEAs the Day. The spectators were amazing.
“Last year, there was an impromptu golf tournament, a lot of the regular Saturday-morning golfers led by Don Antonucci — he passed the hat and raised over $2,000 on the golf course. It was amazing. This year, they organized, and the entry into the golf tournament is a donation to Operation SEAs the Day. The golfers were so generous — it was unbelievable.”
This year’s event sponsors are the Coastal Point, the Law Offices of Scott & Shuman PA. the Jeff Baxter Mortgage Team and the Allison Stine Team of Long and Foster Real Estate.
During the show, each sponsor will get to name their pick among the entered vehicles to award a Best in Show trophy.
“In addition to that, we’ll have celebrity picks. We’re expecting Rep. Ron Gray. We’re hopeful that Sen. Gerald Hocker will be able to attend. We have a celebrity guest [Tom Haug] who was the announcer for the Cecil County Dragway in the late ’60s, who will be on hand to choose a car.
“This year, there will be two Wounded Warrior participants from the Warrior Beach Week who will be on hand to choose overall Best in Show. We’ve added two new categories that will be chosen by the show organizers. Then, the Cripple Creek club president will have a pick, as well.”
During the day, volunteers from Operation SEAs the Day will also be selling apparel to raise additional funds for the organization.
Stine said she hopes to have 150 cars in the show this year, which will include her own 2014 Chevy Camaro RS 323 hp.
“We have over 30 cars already preregistered for the show, which is pretty amazing because car shows are weather-driven. The vast majority of the people who attend car shows do not preregister, because they wait to see what the weather is going to be like. So, to have that number of preregistrations already is amazing. It’s a good indication that the turnout is going to be very good this year.”
The community’s support of the car show has been amazing, for which Stine said she is thankful.
“I just want to emphasize how grateful we are for all the volunteers who show up and help us on the day of the show. It’s a really big deal,” she said. “There are only two of us who organize this event overall. To have so many people working and helping on the day of the show is just overwhelming.
“This year, my phone rang off the hook with people offering to volunteer. Even members of my car club, the Delaware Valley Camero Club, they send a big contingent of members all the way from Wilmington to help pull off the event the day of the show. It’s really amazing.”
For more information about the show or to learn how to become a sponsor, contact Allison Stine at (302) 381-5565 or email Allison@allisonstine.com. For more information about Operation SEAs the Day, and Warrior Beach Week, visit www.operationseastheday.org.