The Storehouse is always looking for new ways to reach the community and raise money to feed local families. New events can be a fun and exciting way to raise awareness about hunger. So, when our Board Chair, Nathan Sanchez, came up with an idea for the Hot Rods for Hunger car show, we jumped at the opportunity.
Nathan is a member of a local car club called Mopar Most Wanted. The car club meets weekly for local shows with other car clubs around Albuquerque. For Nathan, the idea just made sense. He says, “I have a passion for nice cars and I have a passion for helping out my community. I wanted to come up with an event to combine these two passions while raising money for the Storehouse and introducing its mission to people that may not be aware of what we do.”
Show Your Hot Rod or Just Enjoy the Show
Hot Rods for Hunger is taking place on Saturday, July 10 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. We’ll be in the parking lot at Albertsons Market at 2910 Juan Tabo Blvd NE. Show your car by registering on our website. If you register in advance, by July 9, you will pay just $20 and you may get a free insulated grocery bag. If you register on the day of the event, you’ll pay $25. There will be contests like Favorite Vintage, Favorite Classic, Best in Show, Most Supportive Club, and more.
Just like seeing hot rods and cool cars? Then, bring the family and enjoy food trucks, dance performances, and raffle prizes. You can also make donations to one of the food drives hosted by our event sponsors: Denny’s (5201 San Antonio Dr. NE), Hella Clean (3809 Academy Pkwy S NE), New Mexico Bike Lawyer (2501 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Suite B), and Fat Daddy’s Auto Spa (2370 Aztec Rd NE).
Can’t make it to the car show? No worries! You can donate to the Hot Rods for Hunger campaign on our website until July 10. Every dollar raised helps the Storehouse provide 5 meals.
Car Clubs Support Favorite Causes
This isn’t the first car show Mopar Most Wanted has hosted for charities. Nathan says, “The club has hosted many car shows supporting their favorite causes. We are always donating our time and money to the community. ” Ashee Laughlin, a car club member who is working with Nathan on the car show, had this to say: “As a club we enjoy hosting events and meets throughout the year. We especially enjoy doing events for charity that directly help our community.” Hot Rods for Hunger is their latest act of generosity. All proceeds support the Storehouse.
A Board Chair Who Gives Back
Throughout his time as a Storehouse board member, Nathan has come up with some great ideas to support the food pantry. For example, when he saw that so many families who came to the Storehouse had pets, he pitched in. He led the effort to have pet clinics at the Storehouse. Thanks to his work animals got checked by a veterinarian, received their shots, and got microchipped.
In 2020, Nathan was organizing Pull for the Pantry. It was going to be a rowing event with Orange Theory Fitness. It was put on hold due to the pandemic, but we hope to make it happen sometime in the future.
Several members of the board are involved in raising money for the Storehouse. Thanks to their support, the sky is the limit. Nathan says, “If you have a passion then tell someone. Guaranteed someone else will have that same passion and together you can create something great.”