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Service programs also get a piece of the car show pie

Service programs also get a piece of the car show pie


In more than four decades, the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance has drawn hundreds of thousands of car enthusiasts to the Pacific University campus to fawn over meticulously maintained Mercedes, Ferraris, Bentleys and Corvettes.

The famed automobile show has also raised more than $1 million for student scholarships and youth and community service projects managed by the Forest Grove Rotary Club.

“We’re pretty proud of that,” said club treasurer Jim Crispin.

The local club, founded in 1924, takes seriously the international service organization’s motto, “Service above Self.”

But Crispin, who also takes photos of car entries during the one-day show — this year set for Sunday, July 21 — said the regional event is truly a community effort in the town of 21,480, located west of Portland.

“It’s Rotarians and other volunteers who make this thing work,” said Crispin. The day of the show, he noted, there are about 300 volunteers on campus, doing everything from taking tickets to dishing up food.

Perennial participants include members of the Forest Grove High School football team, who put up fencing, and local Boy Scouts, who handle the garbage.

That same focus on community service guides the club as it considers potential scholarship recipients who benefit from the show’s proceeds. Concours scholarship committee members look at academic performance, college entrance exam scores and extracurricular activities during the screening process.

They also consider whether the student is the first in his or her family to attend college — and whether there is a demonstrated financial need.

Service programs that get a portion of Concours proceeds through the local Rotary club include Forest Grove High FFA, Mercy Corps, the Rotary International Foundation, Ballet Folklorico, Adventures Without Limits, Little League and Forest Grove West Classic Soccer, among others.




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