Happy New Years day to all, we have picked this day to start out our fund-raiser to help The McPherson College Automotive Restoration Program. The non profit College in McPherson, Kansas, needs our help to be able to obtain needed equipment, which will help with furthering the education of the students. Follow along and learn more about the College and its restoration program.
The Automotive Restoration Technology Program at McPherson College was established in 1976 through the generosity and foresight of local entre-preneur Gaines H. “Smokey” Billue, who provided funds for the construction of Templeton Hall along with additional operating capital through the donation of a portion of his classic and antique car collection – an initial investment of over $2.5 million.
This unique automotive restoration program attracted the attention of classic car enthusiast Jay Leno. In 1997, Leno established the Fred J. Duesenberg Scholarship at McPherson College to provide financial assistance for automotive restoration students. One year later, Leno combined forces with Popular Mechanics magazine to provide a full scholarship each year for a sophomore restoration student, you can learn more about it here.
The school is very well equipped, but always has the need for new and additional equipment and that is what this fund raiser is all about. Wanting to further the students educations, they need our help to to obtain the following equipment.
Any amount towards any needed item, no matter how small will be more than welcome. You can also buy any particular tool or piece of equipment and contribute the full amount for it also if you would prefer. All contributions will go 100% directly to the program and the College has made it it easy for you to do so in two ways. First off the most important thing to do with your donation is to mark it as being for “Auto Restoration Tools and Equip-ment”. You can learn more about doing so directly online here. If you are more comfortable sending in you donation you can print this form and send your contribution directly to them.
You can learn more about the types of programs they offer here. You can also learn about enrolling in the program. You can learn other ways to support the students. This link will take you to the programs very informative newsletter. You can learn more about them in the news media. You can learn more about others that help them.
And just remember two things; the help we were given by others when we we younger and by helping the students today, they may down the road help us with our own cars as they are the FUTURE. Just below are two videos to show you more about the program. The first shows the interesting Model T Ford Rapid Assembly team in action in the Automotive Restoration building. In the second you can see the school campus during their 13th annual car show.
And big thank you from us and the College for for helping them out if you can.