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The Community and Generosity Behind Corvettes on the Columbia

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“ We look forward to it every year. We come together to make it happen … to put some normalcy into the lives of these local wish children. ”


- Craig Cavanaugh, general manager, McCurley Integrity Dealerships

When McCurley Integrity Dealerships first envisioned a Corvette show nine years ago, the philosophy was this: to create an event that showcased Corvettes … and wrap it around a community cause.

The cause was local wish kids, and this first car show was a spark that lit an incredible partnership between McCurley Integrity Dealerships, the 3 Rivers Corvette Club, and Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington.

That first year in 2010, 64 cars showed up at the McCurley car lot on a hot summer day, and attendees were served hot dogs and snow cones in the parking lot. By the end of the day, they had raised $4,600 for local wish kids.

What started as a small-scale parking lot car show has evolved into a multi-layered partnership that has raised over $600,000 for local wish families—and has drawn Corvette drivers from five states and Canada.

“The spirit of the event has set fire in the community,” said Matt Price with the Business Elite Department of McCurley Chevrolet. “Every year we ask: How many wishes can we grant?”

Every year since 2010, on the first weekend of June, the community gathers at Columbia Park for a Corvette show … and so much more.

During the month of May, leading up to the event, McCurley Integrity Dealerships makes a donation to Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington for every car sold.

Craig Cavanaugh, general manager of McCurley Integrity Dealerships said, “This is something that we as a company get really behind,” whether it’s McCurley employees promoting the campaign, or customers knowing that a percentage of their car purchases will benefit wish families in May, or attendees traveling long distances to be a part of the Corvettes on the Columbia car show.

“We look forward to it every year,” said Cavanaugh. “We come together to make it happen … to put some normalcy into the lives of these local wish children.”

That’s the thing about making wishes come true—they bring the community together.
Long-time Corvettes on the Columbia Event Coordinator, Chris Parks, said, “At first, you think you’re doing something good for the kids, but really it does amazing things for your soul as well.”

Wishes are awe-inspiring for the kids as well as the community members who get to be involved.

Long-time steering committee member Renae Delarm said, “My little itsy-bitsy part goes a long way in the scheme of wishes.”

We couldn’t agree more. Thanks to the creative collaboration between McCurley Integrity Dealerships and the 3 Rivers Corvettes Club, we’ve been able to grant dozens of wishes to local children … and this event has grown over the years to be something remarkable.

If you go to the Tri-Cities on the first weekend of June in 2019, you’ll witness not just a parade of Corvettes at Columbia Park; you’ll meet an incredible community that has been making wishes come true for 10 years … and counting.

We’re so grateful.

Do you want to host your own event or fundraiser to help make wishes come true?  Find out more.

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