Coats for Kids Car Show numbers impressiveSep 16, 2021 08:57AM ● By Tom Haraldsen
Coats for Kids chairman Chris Simonsen congratulates one of the participants in the car show at Bountiful City Park. Photo by Roger V. Tuttle
BOUNTIFUL—The Bountiful Rotary’s annual Coats for Kids Car Show brought in a lot of money this year – enough to allow the Rotary Club to provide substantial benefits to children in the south Davis area.
Spokesperson Krista Simonsen said more than 320 cars registered for the show, and over the summer, the event’s Facebook page had more than 65,000 views leading up to the Aug. 20-21 events. That means the Rotary can continue its tradition of providing coats, gloves and shoes for elementary school children in need.
“Our club has helped over 13,000 kids in the 23 years we’ve put on the show,” Simonsen said. “This year we’ll help kids in 16 elementary schools. It’s also helped support the other programs we do year round.”
Friday night’s events included the ever-popular Burt Brothers Burnout, where hot cars left their “mark” on 200 South as they tried to smoke the competition with their tires a spinnin.’ The food court featured local favorites such as Vito’s, Texas Roadhouse, Devils Pit BBQ, Costco pizza, Mo’Bettahs, Roasted Corn, Kettle Corn, Kneader cookies, Cutlers cookies, Pace bars, creamies, nachos, taco salad, navajo tacos, scones, cotton candy and drinks. There were a lot of young children with smiles on their faces and sugar in their systems by night’s end!
Simonsen said the event couldn’t happen without the support of its loyal sponsors. In addition to Burt Brothers, Kentson Car Company provided a substantial financial contribution to this year’s event. Sponsors also included Holly Frontier, Bahr Dermatology, Step Saver Companies, Costco, Texas Roadhouse, Strategic Planning, Walmart, Vito’s, Kneaders, First Community Bank, Classy Chassis, Performance Toyota, Murdock Chevrolet, Joy Luck Restaurant and local Ford stores.
“We made enough money through the sponsors and our patrons to fill our coffers for another year,” Simonsen said. “The Rotary offers high school scholarships to graduating seniors, provides dictionaries to third graders, and we send sophomores and juniors to leadership train at the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy. We were thrilled with the support we got from everyone again this year. Thanks to the community for helping us help these kids.”