FAIRFIELD – The Ball Metal Car Show in September was, by all accounts, a resounding success.
He also raised $4,000 in cash and supplies for local elementary schools. Everyone who participated in the vehicle contest was asked to donate school supplies.
Friday was the big day to deliver the goods.
Four Ball Metal employees – Brandon Thornton, Chad Gish, Darren Lobb and Anthony Romero – arrived in their vans loaded with notebooks, pens, pencils, glue sticks, gallons of hand sanitizer and more to award Laurel Creek, Cleo Gordon and Suisun primary schools.
Laurel Creek principal Todd Bennett was there to welcome them to his campus.
“It’s exceptional for our school,” he said. “We have a lot of kids who can’t otherwise afford these things. It’s really helpful for our community.
Ball Metal employees presented the school staff with their new “Solo” style foil cups as an extra thank you for the work they do.
Cleo Gordon Elementary was next on their list, and they stacked boxes on carts and rolled them inside for a photo op with some of the kids.
Thornton said Megan Thole, Cleo Gordon’s manager, “got real” with him when he asked her if there was anything more they might need. She said they needed belts and socks for the kids who don’t have them, he said. Thornton pulled out bags of both and added them to the pile.
Suisun Elementary Principal Ann Marie Neubert really got into the spirit of the September event and actually entered an automobile into the auto show – a 1968 Chevelle.
“It was amazing,” she said of the car show. “It was a great event.”
Neubert said she was thrilled to see the show’s bounty delivered to her school. She also said she was looking forward to the next auto show.
“We can’t wait for it to get even bigger,” Gish said.
Thornton said they translated flyers into Spanish this year to ensure more people could attend, and he plans to cast an even wider net next time.