Monday, November 30, 2009

Roanoke Valley Volkswagen Club presents donation to the transportation museum

Volkswagen Club presents donation to Virginia Museum of Transportation

Volkswagen Club presents donation to Virginia Museum of Transportation

A highly successful First Annual Car Show sponsored by the Roanoke Valley Volkswagen Club has turned into a very generous donation to the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Club President David Montgomery recently presented a “Big Check” to Museum Executive Director Beverly T. Fitzpatrick. The $1,000 Club donation is designated for the Museum’s Advance Auto Parts Auto Gallery.

With the cars that are on display that date back to 1904, “we really wanted to support the automotive gallery at the Museum,” said Montgomery. “Supporting the Museum was overwhelmingly the Club’s choice, because the Museum is not federally or state funded.”

The donation was provided from the proceeds from the Club’s First Annual Car Show, held August 15, 2009 at Tanglewood Mall. “We anticipated 25-30 cars, but we had that in the first two hours,” explained Montgomery. “We had to start parking them closer together or we would have run out of room. It was great that it all came together so well. We’ll be looking for a larger space next year.”

“We are humbled and grateful for their hard work and this very generous donation from the Roanoke Valley Volkswagen Club,” said Museum Executive Director Beverly T. Fitzpatrick, Jr. “The auto gallery is special to us because we can often bring in new exhibits-our most recent addition is an Earl truck built in 1922. The Club’s generosity will help us keep bringing in more ‘new’ vehicles and taking care of the ones currently on display. People really love the old cars and the stories behind them, and it means a lot to us that the Club has stepped forward in this way.”

The Club’s leadership includes David Montgomery, President; Gene Bennett, Vice-President; Jeff Whittaker, Vice-President; Mary Palmer, Secretary; Linda Jenkins, Treasurer; Duane Palmer, Advisor; and Grant Whittaker, Communications.

Upcoming Club events include the Salem Christmas Parade on December 4 and the Club’s Christmas Party at the Salem Civic Center on December 12.

About the Roanoke Valley Volkswagen Club

The Roanoke Valley Volkswagen Club, established in 1995, is dedicated to the love of all types of Volkswagens: Beetles, Ghias, Busses, Dune Buggies, Water Cooled, and everything that has a VW nameplate. VW enthusiasts-whether or not they own a Volkswagen-are welcome to attend the Club’s meetings, held at 7pm on the first Monday of every month (unless the first Monday is a holiday) at Shoney’s Restaurant on Wildwood Rd in Salem, VA. For more information and a complete calendar of events, visit

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Posted By Valerie Garner

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