Summit Racing I-X Center Piston Powered Auto-Rama Presents Almost $13,000 to Career and Technical School Foundation!
The first year effort for the newest feature of the Summit Racing I-X Center Piston Powered Auto-Rama, the Krazy Paint Charity Panel Jam, generated big bucks for the show to present to a local foundation to help local kids.
Krazy Paint, The Charity Panel Jam, gathered pinstripers and other automotive artists to paint items for sale and auction. In a time-honored pinstriper’s tradition, 100% of that money would go to a kid’s charity, The Career and Technical School Foundation.
The painters worked the entire three days of the show painting everything from purses to toilet seats, skateboards and even a brand new Soap Box Derby car. When their sales, auctions and even a new raffle were done, $12,883.50 was handed over to Steve Legerski to present to the Career and Technical School Foundation. Legerski said, “We are pleased to present this money to the Career and Technical School Foundation and we know they will use it to help kids with scholarships and supplies. It’s a natural fit. The charity is a local one helping local kids learn trades and become part of the Cleveland workforce. We’re going to shoot for raising that amount at next year’s show where even more painters are already planning on being here.”
Krazy Paint is a local organization, created by John Carollo and Ryan Mohr, two of four Cleveland area pinstripers that bring together artists to raise these funds. Mark Hagstrom and Dave Cusimano are the other two painters that make up Krazy Paint’s Kore Fore team. Over 40 painters came from neighboring states as well as Canada to participate and included BIG John Trombley, Matt Chooey Smith, Atomic Bob McElroy, Jill Welsh, Alex Hamilton, Dave Johnson, Keegan De France, Chris Stapley, Tanner Buckley, PJ Shoemaker, Shane Syx, Scott Menke, Scott Flickinger, Dag Wilson, Franklin Thompson, Tim Stachlewitz, Delmar Hess, Stephen Pealer, Stosh Pealer, Kathleen Harrigan, Casey Kennell, Stephen Borosky, Kayla Borosky, Jeremy Lockard, Damon Black, Chris Woytko, Guy Shively, Matthew Kertai, Kenn Houry, Fay Pavoda, Mark Hagstrom, Snowy Hagstrom, John Carollo, Donne Reese, Dave Cusimano, Linda Cusimano, Ryan Mohr and Goose Mohr. Even more art was received from artists from around the country who sent in painted panels, airbrushed T Shirts and more Kustom Kulture items. Kustom Kulture art is highly collectible and The IX Center’s Piston Powered Auto-Rama is the new place for collectors to purchase such art. Krazy Paint works solely on donations for items to paint, supplies and goodie bag gifts to say thank you to their painters.
The Career and Technical School Foundation is a 5013C organization that’s been raising funds to provide scholarships for the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center and others for 13 years. Students are learning new careers such as art, construction and transportation to name a few. It’s a natural partnership as some students are in automotive programs including body and paint. Volunteers from the Foundation also helped run Krazy paint.
Plans are already being readied for Krazy Paint in the 2015 show at the I-X Center for an even bigger and better display and collection of Kustom Kulture art.