BROWNBURG — The Brownsburg Fire Territory (BFT) hosted the first annual 9/11 Memorial Car Show and Festival sponsored by Bill Estes Ford on Saturday at Williams Park, with proceeds benefiting the memorial.
The festivities, which ran from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., included a car show, IndyCar rides, a children’s area, food, a vehicle extrication demonstration by the BFT, and a silent auction.
Daniel Hendry helped put the car show together.
“I’m a firefighter from Greencastle, but I’m also a president of a car club called Indy Carmada,” he said. “They asked me to put on some sort of a car event — like a car show. I figured if we’re doing a car show and we have the whole park, why not just put a big festival on for kids and adults and give a little bit of everything for everybody.”
Stephanie Martindale, BFT public information officer, said the memorial, which will feature a piece of steel from one of the Twin Towers, has been in the works for some time.
“This new committee just started at the beginning of January 2013,” she said. “We have an actual design now. Blackline Studio out of Plainfield has designed it … and the parks department has approved to put it where the gazebo is (at the entrance of Williams Park). What they’re going to do is move the gazebo to another part of the park so it can be still used and then the memorial will actually go in that (area).”
Martindale said they’re hoping to have the memorial done by September 2014.
“We’ve got to have about 50 to 75 percent of the money raised before we can actually (start),” she said. “We’re looking at about $100,000 is what we need.”
In the meantime, she said there have been a lot of people step forward with other donations.
“We’ve already have a lot of in-kind donations, such as … people have donated free labor, people have donated materials at cost, and stuff like that,” Martindale said. “Fab 2 Order (located in Brownsburg) is one that’s really working with us to get the fabrication done. I know we’re working on getting a concrete company to help us, so pretty much we’re looking for any contributions that people can make to help us actually get this built.”
There was also a lot donated for the event on Saturday, she said.
“Texas Roadhouse donated 30 pounds of pulled pork and then we had three gentlemen get together and donate the chips and the water to make a combo (to sell at the event),” Martindale said. “Firehouse Subs donated 30 sandwich packs for us to sell and then all that food (money) goes 100 percent (to the cause). Then we’ve got the entertainment that was donated for free.”
She said the BFT hopes to make this an annual event.
“This is our very first one,” Martindale said. “The fire department has never done a car show, so we’re learning a lot and we appreciate all the people that participated and helped and their generosity and their patience with us. We would be happy to accept any comments and suggestions for next year, because we do want them to come back, for maybe an annual thing. We want to build on this.”
As for the amount raised, Martindale said the event was a success.
“I don’t have the exact number, but I do know it’s over $5,000,” she said. “For the turnout we had for the very first time, we think it was great, because we weren’t real sure what to expect.”
For more information on the memorial and how to help, visit the website at www.brownsburg911memorial.org.