By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
A car show one week from today will benefit Canadian County’s only free healthcare clinic.
The third annual Faith Clinic Car Show will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at Trinity Baptist Church, 620 N Cemetery Road.
The car show will feature cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Vehicles will be on display in the church parking lot and there will be more than 40 craft vendors inside the church.
Proceeds will benefit the Faith Clinic, a free medical clinic offered from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Trinity Baptist Church.
“The Faith Clinic operates purely on faith and asks for no money from the church,” associate pastor Scott Kinney said. “The car show is our one big fund-raiser of the year. We’re hoping to raise $10,000, which will fund the clinic for a year.”
The Faith Clinic car show will feature all types of vehicles. Classes include Jeeps, European and Asian imports, special interest, and custom cars and trucks (pre-‘60s to 2000 and newer); along with custom, sport, street, and touring motorcycles.
Judges will award first and second place trophies in the truck, car and motorcycle classes; and first, second and third places in separate classes for Mustangs and Corvettes.
There is still time to register for next Saturday’s car show benefiting Yukon’s Faith Clinic. Call the church at 354-4839 for more details.
“Our first year we had 40 cars and last year we had 75 cars,” Kinney said. “We’re hoping for 150 this time.
“The forecast shows the weather will be great on May 11.”
The car show benefit will include concessions with food donated by local restaurants.
Registration will be accepted from 9-11 a.m. on the day of the car show for $25.
“We suggest (exhibitors) get here as early as possible to get the best spot to show their cars, trucks and motorcycles,” Kinney said. “We start setting up at 8 a.m.”
Other highlights of next Saturday’s Faith Clinic car show will be raffles for some nice prizes.
A grand prize drawing at 3 p.m. will feature an AR-15 rifle valued at $700, a smoker with grilling tools valued at $500 and a handmade quilt valued at $400-$500.
Every 30 minutes, there will be drawings for two or three door prize merchandise bundles with retail values between $75-$300.
About 25 prize bundles will be raffled off throughout the event, featuring gardening items, hotel stays and dinners, golf outings, kids’ games, fishing gear, car detailing, and much more.
“There is quite a variety,” Kinney said.
HELPING PEOPLE PHYSICALLY, SPIRITUALLY
The Faith Clinic, which opened in March 2016, serves people without health insurance. The Tuesday night clinic is open on the south end of Trinity Baptist Church.
“This is the only free medical clinic in Canadian County,” Kinney said. “We’re now helping between 15 and 20 patients per week.
“We recently started our fourth year. In 2018, the clinic was open 42 nights and served more than 350 patients. We filled 1,600 prescriptions providing more than $150,000 in free medication to our patients.”
Medical providers volunteer their time and expertise to treat patients with a wide range of medical conditions.
“We’ve grown from about eight patients to up to 20 patients a week, so with our caseload, we need more medical providers,” Kinney said.
The Faith Clinic at Trinity Baptist Church ministers to both body and soul, he noted.
“We’re helping people physically and we’re helping them spiritually,” Kinney said. “We much prefer they call and make an appointment, but nobody is turned away who needs help.”
Funds to operate the free weekly medical clinic comes from donations and the May 11th car show.
The Faith Clinic benefits through entry fees and craft booth vendors donate a portion of their proceeds from the event.
Anyone without insurance who needs free medical services is encouraged to call the Faith Clinic to make an appointment at 265-6198.
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