MABANK–The business and faith communities of Cedar Creek Lake continue to combine resources to provide food for those in need, with a 10,000-square foot Mabank food warehouse planned to help that cause. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit of Mabank and Faith at Work Ministries will team up again Saturday, Oct. 16, to raise funds toward the $650,000 needed to build the facility, which Dickey’s franchise owner Guy New says will distribute 40,000 pounds of food per week.
The eighth semi-annual Mabank Car Truck Motorcycle Boat and Off-road show is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m, Saturday, Oct. 16 at Dickey’s, located at 101 S. Third Street in Mabank. The semi-annual car shows are usually held in April and October, but because of COVID, the schedule has been altered. They missed 2020 but are happy to be back on track for the Oct. 16 show. There are several awards up for grabs, including 30 first place 8 x 10 plaques, 30 second place 7 x9 plaques, four best of show awards, one club award and 50 dash plaques for the first 50 cars.
Also, locally Faith at Work Ministries, led by Pastor Ken Davis and his wife, Donna, use their Christ centered organization alongside Feed the Hungry Corp., which New founded in 2019 to serve the Cedar Creek and Ray Hubbard lake areas via his Dickey’s franchises. New says the first car show at the Mabank Dickey’s Grand Opening in 2017 put $6,000 back into the community, including toward the Mabank Police Dept. New also owns the Dickey’s franchise in Rowlett, where he’s held 17 car shows so far. Some of the Mabank and Rowlett Dickey’s employees are also on the Feed the Hungry Corp. board of directors. New, who lives in Richardson, has organized his business interests under a company known as The Catering Guy. The Rowlett location, which New opened in 2011, had done about a dozen car shows before moving the fundraising idea to Mabank, he adds. The Rowlett location started distributing food following the 2015 tornadoes that struck the area, which later got assistance from the Dickey’s Dallas corporate office. The last car show held in June raised $4,000 and consisted of 56 cars, including New’s Shelby Cobra GT. A generous donor also provided $14,000 worth of Steve Kaufman pop art originals during the last car show.
“We feed anybody, no questions asked,” says New, who points out Big Deal Burger and Wing Stop also take part in the Feed the Hungry campaign.
The Feed the Hungry organization not only performs its namesake, but it also helps pay rent and other bills for those down on their luck. The Henderson County HELP Center is also involved, as well as other local ministries. Counselors have been provided, too.
Feed the Hungry events feed over 100 people and Faith in Work ministries provide food to take home, New says. A record 288 cars drove through the Mabank Pavilion, where Faith in Work holds services and distributes food on Sundays.
If you are interested in contributing, you can visit https://www.fthcorp.org/, https://venmo.com/FeedTheHungry-Corporation or email firstname.lastname@example.org.