Auto show to raise funds for Hope House
Elic Brymer has been with the West Texas Street Rod Association for about five years now and one of the things he loves most about the group is going to different auto shows and meeting new friends.
He describes the association as a family.
“We help each other when there are situations like someone’s car breaks down or needs something,” said Brymer. “We go to auto shows and travel together when we can. There are about 10 or 12 of us attending a show in Vernon in August and a group of us will be traveling together.
Brymer will be one of many who will be attending this week’s Father’s Day Car Show fundraiser that the West Texas Street Rod Association will be hosting to raise funds for the West Texas Hope House.
The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Crossroads Church with proceeds going to West Texas Gifts of Hope Inc.
Located at 700 W. First, Hope House, part of the West Texas Gifts of Hope, is a lodge for patients seeking help during cancer treatment. The goal is to comfort cancer patients who are referred by the West Texas Cancer Center.
“We work closely with Texas Oncology of Odessa and manage over 300 square miles of West Texas, which also includes Terlingua, Presidio, the Big Bend area and Carlsbad NM,” said Executive Director of Hope House, Brenda Medlock. “Hope House is a house where if you come from out of town 30 miles from Odessa or Ector County and if we have openings you can come and stay here if you get your treatment . ”
Brymer has 10 cars including five Chevrolet Corvettes. Its collection ranges from a 1941 Plymouth to a 2022 Corvette.
He says he will bring his five Corvettes to the show on Sunday.
Working on cars is not just a hobby for him, but rather a hobby that runs throughout his family.
“It’s a great hobby,” Brymer said. “It’s a family hobby. My daughter is in and my son-in-law is in and my daughter-in-law loves them. My son has three cars himself. My son-in-law has two. It’s a good group of people. You meet a lot of good friends. We go to auto shows and you meet new people and fun people.
His all-time favorite car was the 1963 Corvette Split Window, very similar to the one featured on the 1980s show “Stingray”.
“They had a black Corvette (on this show) and I loved that car and fell in love with it like that,” Brymer said.
This will be the second year in a row that the West Texas Street Rod Association has hosted an auto show for Hope House.
“This year, with everything up, we said we wanted to do one and do it in June,” Medlock said. “They got together and collaborated on this. It’s exciting. Hopefully there will be around 100 cars showing up. But also, they will have games and food trucks for more than 1000 men. It will be great fun honoring dads and giving back to the community.
West Texas Gifts of Hope board member Lance Temple spoke about his experience when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and how he got to know the organization through his lunch program.
In this program, volunteers would go to a person undergoing chemotherapy and ask if they wanted a sandwich, drink, cookie, Jell-O, or other items. Temple remembered the two women who volunteered and their kindness and they showed empathy. He didn’t realize it was West Texas Gifts of Hope serving lunch at the cancer center and he never forgot their generosity.
“It’s one of those things that is really a hard time in people’s lives,” Temple said. “They need something positive to look forward to and you need those people who are involved… When you have something like that, it’s a great thing.”
“A lot of people don’t know that we’re making new patient care bags and that it’s for radiation and chemotherapy, or that we’re helping with transport,” Medlock said. “A lot of people don’t even know Hope House. We’ve been 100% busy which is a blessing to be able to help out of town people so they don’t have to commute to get their treatment.
Temple, who is also the CEO of Shamrock Steel, is cancer free. He served on the board of directors of West Texas Gifts of Hope for about two months and has been a car fanatic for years.
“My dad and I worked on a Barracuda when I was in high school and we went to drag races and auto shows and worked on (other) cars,” Temple said. “Our latest project is the 2019 Hellcat. It’s fun to drive. All the money will go to Hope House so this is a great deal.
West Texas Street Rod Association president Chuck Leckbee said they expected around 100 to 120 cars at Sunday’s show.
“I hope there will be more,” Leckbee said. “The more cars there are, the more money we collect for Hope House, which is a great organization here in Odessa. I’m afraid the 100 degree weather will prevent some from entering but hopefully they will come out and enjoy it.
Leckbee says the West Texas Street Rod Association tries to appeal to all car enthusiasts.
“Our group has car models from the 1920s to the 2000s,” Leckbee said. “The club was established in 1972 as street rod type cars from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. But now with the way things are going, we don’t have a limit on cars or brands of cars. ‘year. If you love cars and enjoy good family camaraderie, this is what we do at West Texas Street Rods.
Leckbee said the Street Rod Association usually holds car shows for different charity groups and it wasn’t long before Hope House and Crossroads Church contacted them to organize a car show for fundraising.
“This year we are working on the show and looking for a date and Crossroads Church approached us to do a Father’s Day show and a benefit at the same time for Hope House, which I thought was a great idea.” , Leckbee said. . “That’s how we started with Father’s Day. We work with Crossroads and Hope House and everything is working as it should.
Crossroads Church Senior Pastor Jeremiah Ramer said they were excited to partner with Hope House and create excitement with what the organization is doing. He sees it as a perfect way for the church to help give back to the community.
“As a church we are for the Basin and that means we are for the Permian Basin and for the people of the Permian Basin,” Ramer said. “We want to find organizations that help people and we want to help them continue their mission faster. Hope House is a great organization and they do a great job in the community. When we connected with them we asked them how we could help them and it was a little way to educate and support them.
If you are going to
- What: West Texas Street Rod Association Car Show for Father’s Day.
- When: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
- Or: Crossroads Church, 6901 E. Route 191.
- Price: $ 30 registration fee.