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Big Mama's feeds county seniors

Last year, 125 cars participated in Big Mama’s Show N’ Shine. This year, sponsors want to see 200.

The annual car show benefitting Meals on Wheels is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11 in Lampe Park.

“I’m not getting any younger, and I know someday I’ll need the Meals on Wheels program,” said Mike Schiller one of the show sponsors and owner of Golden Nugget Automotive. “ Seventy percent of my clients are over 70, and I’ve seen the program make a difference in their lives. It’s a program that’s invaluable.”

Registration costs $45 on or before May 1. After that it goes up to $55. Organizers will take registration until 10 a.m. the day of the show.

Schiller said the car show is a reminder of days gone by.

“I grew up in an era where everybody cruised the boulevard. All the people in my age category have these types of cars,” he added. “It’s a good way to get together with people who have a common interest, and a great way to bond with people in the community.”

Big Mama’s started in 2000, and had 25 cars entered that first year.

“Christine and Greg Santucci won the show with their 1961 Chevy Impala,” Schiller said. “They will be here this year.”

Organizers are also accepting vendors for $30.

Vendors lined up so far include clothing, insurance, Pampered Chef, Jamberry Nails, Costco, handmade jewelry, photography, essential oils and others.

There are also raffle items up for grabs including overnight stays, gift certificates for various restaurants, an item from each vendor, rounds of golf, M.S. Dixie dinner cruise for two, and more. Tickets are available starting the week before the event at the senior center for one for $1, six for $5 and 13 for $10.

Senior services is expecting to serve more than 30,000 meals by the end of the year. Seniors receive seven frozen meals every week or every other week depending on where they live. They also receive a salad bag which includes fruit, vegetables, snacks and milk.

After seven years of being involved with the fundraiser, Schiller said he has seen hundreds of amazing cars.

“There’s so many that are so nice in this Valley. There’s many people with five or six cars, and this gives them a chance to show them off,” he said. “Even if your car is under construction, if it runs and you can drive it, we would love to have it in the show. The whole event is about how many meals we can deliver to people in need.”

Donations to Meals on Wheels will be accepted the day of the show at the park pavilion, or checks can be sent to the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville, NV, 89410.

Vehicle registrations, sponsorship packets and vendor booth spaces are available at the Douglas County Senior Center.

For more information or to have forms sent to you, call 783-6455 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or email Amanda Reid at

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The Record Courier Updated Apr 26, 2013 12:07PM Published Apr 16, 2013 12:35PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.