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Car lovers put on show to collect back-to-school supplies (video)

By Carolina Astrain
Aug. 18, 2013 at 3:18 a.m.
Updated Aug. 19, 2013 at 3:19 a.m.

Ken Willis, left, of Victoria, shows his 1968 Plymouth Barracuda to Randy Hodges, of Hallettsville, during a car show and school supplies drive conducted by Low Impression Car and Truck Club in front of Office Depot in Victoria.

Best in show

During the Low Impression Car and Truck Club's school supply drive, participants voted on their favorite vehicles.

Best Car

• First place: Ken Willis

• Second place: David Gutierrez

• Third place: Juan Ortiz

Best Truck

• First place: Cody Hermis

• Second place: Greg Olevera

• Third place: Fred Rivas

Best SUV

• First place: Anabel Rivera

• Second place: Ruben Cruz

Best Bike

• First place: Mike Ovalle

SOURCE: Low Impression Car and Truck Club

Sweat dripped down his brow as Eugene Hernandez, 30, looked out Sunday onto the pavement with a smile.

Glimmering, vibrant vehicles shone brightly in Office Depot's parking lot.

It was the Low Impression Car and Truck Club's first school supply drive, and Hernandez was there as the lead organizer for the event.

Plastic bins were filled to the brim with notebooks and backpacks about an hour into the Sunday morning drive.

A few paces down, club member David Gomez stood proudly next to his black 1951 Styleline Deluxe.

"It took me two years to finish working on it," Gomez said. "It's been an honor being a part of this show."

Next to Hernandez, his wife, Crystal Licerio, 30, was handing out ballots for visiting spectators to vote on their favorite cars.

Hernandez works as a driver for a bottling company, and Licerio starts work as a teacher's aide this school year.

As former teen parents, Hernandez said he and his wife know what it is like to perform under financial constraints.

They had their first child when they were in high school.

"School time is coming, and there are a lot of kids who probably still don't have supplies," Hernandez said. "Our parents helped us out when we were in school, but not everybody has that kind of support."

The couple now have three kids - two in elementary and one in middle school.

At the end of the show and supply drive, the club had raised more than $1,000 in school supplies, all of which will be donated to Kidz Connection, Licerio said.

Event sponsor Bobby Medina, 29, owner of Texas Made Fades barber shop, said as the product of a single-parent home, it meant a lot to him to be able to give back to the community that raised him.

"I was a kid who benefited from events like these," Medina said. "Everything in your life depends on your education - from the kind of car you drive to the girl you date."

During the next couple of weeks, Medina said, he'll be seeing droves of students in his barber shop ready for their back-to-school cuts.

Medina said he does his best to encourage the young men who come to his shop to value education.

"Whether you want to live a good life or a hard one, it's all on you," he said.

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