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April 16, 2014

Charities receive checks from Starbird-Devlin Car Show proceeds

The Arc of Sedgwick County, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Starkey, Inc. each received a check Wednesday for $38,400.

The Arc of Sedgwick County, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Starkey, Inc. each received a check Wednesday for $38,400.

The checks were all proceeds from January’s Starbird-Devlin Car Show.

“When I was growing up as a kid, I went to the Starbird car show,” said Tim Devlin, board president of Cars for Charities and owner of Devlin Rod and Customs. “It was always around my birthday and my folks would ask what do you want to do? It was the car show.”

Later, as Devlin grew up and became involved with hot rods and custom cars, he’d have a booth at the show.

And in still later years, before Devlin became part of the car show’s name, there was a decline in the show and in various departments, he said.

“We still all loved the show, but it needed somebody to come in and revive it,” he said. “For the original five gentlemen that comprised the board, the only reason we do this is to give our money away to charity. We didn’t want to run this as a for-profit. We do it to raise money for the charities we love.”

Father and son Tom and Tim Devlin, Dick Price and brothers Carl and John Fry, operating as Cars For Charities Co., took over the show in 2011 as a benefit for charities serving children and people with disabilities.

This year marked the 57th annual show, one of the nation’s longest running indoor car shows. The event raised $115,200 – up from $83,100 raised in 2013. More than 15,000 people attended.

Next year’s car show will be Jan. 16-18.

For more information, go to www.starbirddevlin.com

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