One can, one vote at car show to benefit foodbank

Published 10:28 pm Friday, October 23, 2015

It’s one can, one vote at Nansemond River High School on Nov. 7, when the Future Business Leaders of America student organization will hold its second annual Cans and Car Show.

The event is meant to bring in food and cash for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia in a fun and unique way, said Jason Bartholomew, lead advisor for the FBLA organization and a business education teacher at Nansemond River.

Last year’s event was the brainchild of Nikita Pella-Jones, Bartholomew said. She is a senior this year, and the club hopes to keep the event going even after she graduates.

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“Being a teacher, I kind of hear the kids of today have a reputation as being kids that don’t care, they’re passive, they feel like they’re entitled to things,” Bartholomew said. “This is a student and a student organization that’s trying to do the right thing for their communities.”

Last year’s event featured 35 cars.

“We’re hoping for close to a hundred cars this year,” Bartholomew said.

Registration is open to all makes and models and costs $10 or 10 non-perishable food items.

Admission for spectators is free, but in order to vote for their favorite car, they ought to come prepared.

“Those that come to view the cars are also encouraged to bring their own non-perishable food and place their food in front of the cars they like the best,” Bartholomew said.

The winning car will be the one with the most food votes.

“There will be a best in show, but it’s all to benefit the foodbank, not the car owner,” Bartholomew said.

The event will take place at the school, 3301 Nansemond Parkway, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with registration of vehicles beginning at 9. Coffield BBQ will sell refreshments, and Elements will play jazz music during the event.

Nov. 14 is the planned rain date.