Thomas Ussary Memorial Car Show benefits Skills USA

The 8th annual “Where Eagles Soar” Thomas Ussary Memorial Car Show is this Saturday, Apr. 30 at Eagle Point High School. The show is hosted by EPHS’s Skills USA chapter and the industrial mechanics students.

Thomas Ussary was an enthusiastic auto shop student who was enrolled at Universal Technical Institute in California. He was tragically killed in an automobile accident one week before beginning education at UTIC. Thomas had a dream that one day the industrial mechanics students would host a car show with the intention of showcasing the students’ own vehicles and the industrial mechanics program. This annual car show is an effort to keep that dream alive.

This year more than 200 cars and trucks will be on display.

Proceeds and donations from the various events will help fund two $500 college scholarships for industrial mechanics students interested in attending a technical college or a trade school.

In addition, the show helps finance traveling expenses for state and national conventions. This year 28 students participated in the state event in Portland and eight will be headed to Kansas City, Missouri  for the Nationals June 19 through 24. The chapter has raised half the money for nationals, but each student must raise about $1,100 not including spending money. Skills is not supported financially by the school district. Students have been earning money through various activities including the recent Exotic Dessert, where they assisted the Eagle Point Community Association with the fund raiser.

Sponsorship, donations, attendance and participation is encouraged. Events at the car show will include a poker run, raffle tickets, engine blow-up, and a 50-50 raffle.

For information please call Matt Boren, 541-830-6397. Students must have all of their funds by June 1.


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