CTX businesses host car show to help non-profit raise money

Posted at 6:16 AM, Jul 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-13 08:11:17-04

Several Central Texas businesses are working together to raise money for an active-duty military and veteran-based non-profit that is in jeopardy of losing its operating space.

Operation Phantom Support, which assists active-duty military, veteran and first responder's families with day-to-day living assistance, has been in Killeen since 2014. But, due to a recent change in building ownership, the non-profit must raise $79,000 by July 25.

"The buildings were repossessed by the bank because of the financial situation of the gentleman that owned it before, so the bank repossessed the buildings the foreclosed on them and they took the building back and now they put them up for sale," said John Valentine, Operation Phantom Support CEO. "Mow we had been renting the building from the bank since January, but the bank can only own the building for so long so now they are up for sale and I was like 'Woah, wait what.'"

The money will go toward closing costs, the down payment and other incidentals that come along with buying a building.

"We don't want to move because we are a big location, we are a big program, we have a lot of things to move and it would shut us down for months if not longer to find a new location and move to the location," Valentine said. 

That's why CenTex Institute of Technology has partnered with MidTex Corvette Club in Killeen to host a car show to help raise money for Operation Phantom Support.

"Just being a vet myself, I figured this was something that was near and dear to my heart to help raise money for a great cause." CyberTex Institute of Technology Campus Director, Matthew Zarling said.

And MidTex Corvette Club President, Rodney Sitler said they have high hopes for the event.

"We are hoping to raise about 50-thousand dollars and we are going to do as close as we can and as much as we can to support as much as we can," Sitler said.

If you'd like to help the non-profit, you can head over to the CyberTex Institute of Technology in downtown Killeen on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CyberTex Institute of Technology has agreed to match the amount raised during the car show up to $5,000.

There will be cars to show, food trucks, a bounce house and $2,500 worth of raffle giveaways.

You can register your car to show until 1 p.m. for $25 or you can call 254-634-3500. Awards will be given to the top 30 vehicles and Best in Show.

If you can't make it out to the car show there are other ways you can donate like buying a tile for your loved one to be displayed in the non-profit building.

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