Being Bruce -: Leland Under the Lights 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Leland Under the Lights 2009

Well this year's edition of Leland Under the Lights was Saturday night and it was a great success. With exactly 199 cars and no one knows how many spectators (we only know there were a lot!), the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce event raised an impressive amount of money for scholarships to be awarded later this year. The cars and trucks at the show ranged from early 20th century hot rods to fresh off the showroom floor 2010 models.

The Chamber's car show committee and a crew of able volunteers worked hard and long to get everything ready for the show, including trash receptacles.

BB&T bank was a major sponsor, helping us pay for The Imitations, a fabulous Carolina band that had many folks dancing from 6:30 till 10PM.

Scott Reeves (the guy who looks suspiciously like Santa Claus on the stretch golf cart) was one of the major players in making sure all went well.

We set up a couple of registration tents outside a vacant new retail building in the shopping plaza in front of Waterford.

Scott and Connie Reeves were at the show grounds early and stayed late, so their two cars were the first on the lot. The Vette is Scott's and the Road Runner belongs to Connie.

We used lots of police tape to close off traffic lanes in the parking lot - as it was we just about filled it. Here are Bus Smith and Ken Schiess.

Some early arrivals left to have lunch at one of the restaurants with their colorful mix of show cars in a row.

Sheila Hanby was the chair of the Car Show committee and worked the entrance throughout the 4-7PM registration period.

North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Terry Grillo worked with Sheila.

Jeff Harvell parking American muscle cars.

This Knight Rider Firebird had a nifty steering mechanism.

There were plenty of trucks in the show, including this pristine Ford.

NBCC Board members Brenda Bozeman and Dana Fisher posed with Santa Claus (oops, I mean Scott Reeves).

Bob and Carolyn Pirnat of Asset Storage helped park cars.

Roy Lettieri worked on the committee for advertising and at the show manned the VFW table.

The Leland Fire and Rescue organization made a great showing and flew the colors from the ladder truck.

Radio personality Brian "Stunt Boy" Joyce singing The Leland Song.

Here's Jeff Harvell again. Jeff is always on the move and always smiling. His efforts at events like this are super important - he's a go-to guy at organizing and running events of all kinds.

Brenda Bozeman and her daughter Micki.

Dana Fisher.
Ken Schiess, Chamber Ambassador pulled tough duty. He escorted two women from Hooters who sold tickets for a 50-50 raffle. Here's Ken just meeting the women.

And, as you can see, within a short time they were all getting along quite well. Good work, Ken! (Actually, kidding aside, this hard-working trio sold $690 worth of tickets, so one lucky winner went home with $345 and another $345 went toward scholarships for the kids in North Brunswick County. So a big thanks to all three.)

A lonely T-Bird waiting to get into the show area.

When The Imitations started singing, the energy started flowing big time.

Here are The Imitations singing and dancing Shag Music with the crowd.

Aggie Brown and Pam Caines, volunteers from Riegelwood Federal Credit Union.

Gina Shiess, Tina Sikes, Connie Reeves, and Alice Razzano.

Tina Sikes. Tina and her husband Albert own The Leland Copy Center and produced the shirts and awards at the show. The shirts were a big hit.

Bus Smith and Trace McKay taking a rare break after being on their feet for about 6 hours.

Marge Brown and Peggy O'Leary were obviously having fun at the event.

Ken and Gina Schiess.

Alice Razzano and Connie and Scott Reeves tally up the 50-50 raffle tickets.
James Bozeman watching the band from a golf cart.

Leland Police Corporal Robert Ernst came by to be sure all was going well. He brought four of his six children.

Drawing prizes for car registrants.

Joan Smith Picking the winning 50-50 Raffle ticket.

And here's the lucky winner.

Scott Reeves also recognized George and Laura Patterson, the founders of Leland Under the Lights. George also was an integral part of this year's committee.

As the show was winding down, The Imitations sang and danced with the crowd to Pink Cadillac.

The 6th annual Leland Under the Lights was a big success. Thanks to all who helped make it a success. See you next year!