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Winners drive away with CHEER car show trophies

Event raises money for local Meals on Wheels
July 18, 2013
Rob Danzi's 1953 Willys Jeep received Best In Show for a Sussex County owner. The Willys Jeep gained fame during World War II for its ability to be driven through nearly any terrain. BY HENRY J. EVANS JR.

Once again cars have raised money for Meals on Wheels at the third annual Wheels for Meals International Car Show at the Georgetown CHEER Community Center.

Walt Koopman, car show co-organizer, said the June 29 event continues to draw both car enthusiasts and Meals on Wheels supporters.

Meals on Wheels in Georgetown delivers nutritious meals to more than 900 people in the area who have difficulty preparing food or are unable to leave home to buy food because of illness or frailty.

Florence Mason, Georgetown CHEER center nutritional program director and car show co-organizer, received a trophy in recognition of her dedication and support in putting the show together for the past three years.

“This year, she lost a 46-year-old daughter, Koopman said, adding parents don’t expect to bury their children as Mason tearfully accepted her award. Mason’s daughter Arlene succumbed after fighting cancer.

Koopman, at press time, said show officials are still tallying how money the show raised.

Mason and the show’s top finishers received laser-etched crystal trophies.

Bob Danzi of Selbyville won Best in Show, Sussex County owner, for his 1953 Willys Jeep pickup.

Richard Webb of Milford, took Best in Show for an owner from outside the county with his 1960 Chevrolet Corvette convertible.

Marvin McFalls drove his Chevrolet Super Sport more than 600 miles from Knoxville, Tenn., to take the trophy for traveling the longest distance.

John Vogler, representing Kirk Gibson of Harrisburg, Pa., owner of the oldest vehicle, accepted the trophy on Gibson’s behalf for his 1897 French-built De Dion-Bouton tricycle.