Ivor Baptist fundraiser success despite weather

Published 9:55 am Wednesday, May 17, 2017

by Merle Monahan/Contributing Writer

Despite an all-day threat of rain, the fundraiser for missions recently held by the Ivor Baptist Church drew an estimated 350 people and netted nearly $3,000, according to one of the event organizers, Collis Bryant.

Several classic and antique automobiles were on display.

“Of course, we were a little disappointed, but understood why some of the auto owners didn’t want to bring their cars out if there was a chance of a downpour,” he said. “Still, it was a good turnout — there were 48 vehicles of the 100 we had hoped for.”

Bryant said all of the other events went off as scheduled, including  two musical groups, 12 booths with an array of wares for sale, the 50/50 raffle, the Roller Derby skaters and the presentation of the grand prize — the Johnny Pag Malibu Motorcycle; that was won by Phillip Weathers of Prince George.

“A ‘barn find,’ the 1965 Pontiac GTO garaged since 1975 was a “big hit,” continued auto enthusiast Bryant with a smile.  “I understand a couple of people tried to buy it right off the lot, but it wasn’t sold then. Maybe later, I don’t know.”

“We are happy with the way things turned out,” Bryant went on. “And we want to thank the community for its help, both financially and physically. 

“Several donated door prizes, while All American Sales and Cycles donated the motorcycle Grand Prize,” he said. “And church members worked all day, getting ready and cleaning up.”

Asked  if the church would host the event next year, Bryant responded, “Why sure! We’re going to make this an annual event!”