As all Great Racers know, Rex Gardner and the Vintage Car Rally Association have worked hard for almost a decade raising money to donate to charity, namely Autism organizations, schools and chapters in need. Great Race has provided its venue since 2011 for VCRA to raise funds on its annual event which has led to the organization collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars through the years, including more than $100,000 just in the last two years in conjunction with Hemmings Motor News providing the cover photo to the team who raised the most money.
VCRA also has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through the years through its own annual rally in the spring in the Oklahoma-Missouri-Arkansas area. During this time it has collected nearly three quarters of a million dollars to improve the lives of children living with autism. And every year schools and education centers across the country have benefited through VCRA donations, from Vista School in Hershey, Pennsylvania to ASD Hope in The Woodlands, Texas, to Bridgewater Academy in Columbus, Ohio.
This week, VCRA made a contribution to Skyuka Hall School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, home of the Great Race. In fact, Great Race director Jeff Stumb’s son Hudson is a student at Skyuka. The $46,575 award will launch a STEM Lab at the school, a program for instructing students in science, technology, engineering and math. The Stumbs were pleased to represent VCRA and the Great Race at this week’s check presentation at the school.
Pictured from left are Great Race director Jeff Stumb, Skyuka Hall seventh-grader Hudson Stumb, Head of Skyuka Hall Dr. Josh Yother and Assistant Principal Melanie Covert.