A classic car show fundraiser in Keller last month more than doubled its revenue in its second year.
Connor’s Car Show raised $30,000 on April 11 and is expecting to collect another $3,000, said event organizer Ty Genteman, of Keller.
The event raises awareness and funds for Down Syndrome, the Down Syndrome Partnership and Cook Children’s Medical Center. Genteman created the event to combine an interest in classic cars with a fundraiser for the organization that helped his family with his son, Connor, now 7, who has Down Syndrome and had heart surgery when he was 2 months old.
“It’s very personal to me, and challenging to do, and also very rewarding,” Genteman said, adding that the car clubs, sponsors and guests showed a “giving spirit.”
Last year, the event had 194 cars and raised $16,000. This year, the event space, Keller Town Hall, was full with 304 participants and Genteman estimated more than 3,000 people attended.
“Our next problem is we’re going to run out of space,” Genteman said. “It’s really taken off.”