Graf memorial revving up

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August 9, 2016 12:00 AM

This year's Tanner Graf Memorial Summer Showoff wil take place on Aug. 14 at Kal Tire, with proceeds going toward helping local kids get into sports. Last year $14,000 was raised for the family of Graf, who died while on the job offering roadside assistance.

Organizers are revving up for the second annual Tanner Graf Memorial Summer Showoff, which will take place Aug. 14 at Kal Tire from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Robert McMann, public relations coordinator for the Lloydminster Motor Club (LMC), the group that hosts the event, said last year it raised $14,000 for the family of the show’s namesake.
“Last year on Aug. 7 a gentleman by the name of Tanner Graf received a call for roadside assistance to go and help a driver who had a flat tire; while onsite, Tanner was actually struck by a semi and unfortunately succumbed to his injuries,” said McMann.
“The following few days after that, the Lloydminster Motor Club coordinated an event in memory of Graf and wanted to raise funds for his common-law wife, daughter and family to help out with some of the expenses.”
Graf’s family used the financial boost to help with funeral costs and anything else they needed to get them through the time of the tragedy.
After the success of that first event, the LMC decided to continue to help bring in money for other local families in need.
Because Graf was a huge sports fan, the group thought it would be good to donate proceeds to families who can’t afford to put their children into sports, whether it’s because of registration fees, equipment costs, or any other financial barriers that may be in their way.
“We’re also looking to be able to donate to a local organization that is in need—at this time we’re not ready to release the name of that organization just because we want to keep it under wraps until we make our donation to them,” McMann said.
“But there are a few organizations and families we’re looking to assist with this year’s show.”
The Showoff will have plenty of vehicles to admire and some other events, like a silent auction, a dunk tank—in which both McMann and LAC head honcho, Randy Marsh, have signed up to take the plunge—various vendors, and the Rockford Fosgate mobile sound lab that’ll be onsite doing audio demonstrations.
The silent auction has a long list of items donated by local businesses for people to bid on, ranging from gift cards to actual products, and will take place throughout the entire event.
As for the cars, McMann said people can expect to see anything and everything across the entire spectrum of motor vehicles.
“Vehicles of all different sorts, we’re not a specified or specialist motor club, we’re more just automotive enthusiasts,” he said.
“Myself, I’ve got a regular black Ford F150, our leader (Marsh) has a modified Kia Soul; there’ll be motor bikes down there, there’ll be old classic cars, there’ll be new modified vehicles as well, so it’s really all over the map.”
There’s a $10 fee to take part in the show, but admission is free for those who just want to go down and admire the rides.

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