MABANK–The plans for a 10,000 square-foot Mabank warehouse to help distribute food to those in need got one step closer to reality following the 7th semi-annual vehicle show June 12 along Market Street in downtown Mabank.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Mabank, which is owned by Guy New, is partnering with Feed the Hungry Corp. and Faith at Work Ministries to build the food warehouse, as are other businesses owned by New.
“We’re really in the beginning stages right now,” said Guy New, a driving force behind the effort. “But I think we will get the money.”
New, who also owns Wing Boss and Big Deal Burger in Mabank, said this year’s show was a bit dampened by scattered rain but still raised about $4,000, including corporate donations.
“It was a good show,” New said. “It was very impressive.”
New said a generous donor gave about $14,000 worth of Steve Kaufman (an Andy Warhol protégé) pop art originals, which will be auctioned later to raise even more money. The art was at the Mabank show, New said. “I didn’t get it until Friday night,” he said. “I had to get it loaded into my Shelby.”
New’s Shelby Cobra GT was one of 56 cars that lined Market Street, later including a few motorcycles. Organizers presented first and second-place plaques and gave four Best of Show awards during the event.
Advertising to create awareness about the food warehouse and its associated fundraising events has reached far and wide, New said. That includes 25,000 mailing cards around Cedar Creek Lake, along with 20,000 in Rowlett, which is the site of another Dickey’s owned by New.
Another vehicle show was held June 19 in Rowlett, which was its 18th semi-annual version. In that area, New says he’s reached around 190,000 homes with advertising about events raising money for the food warehouse.
The mailers raising awareness about the fundraising drive are in addition to publicity ranging from Yahoo News, The Associated Press and EIN Presswire, New said. The drive for the warehouse also has its bases covered on social media such as Facebook and Twitter, he added.
New said Faith at Work Ministries is giving out 45,000 pounds of food per week, underscoring the need for the food warehouse.
“People will really think harder once they know what’s going on and what we’re trying to accomplish,” New said. “They can always donate later.”