Car Club Gets in Gear to Help Three Charities

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(L-R) Gail Walker, Marion Fischer and JoAnne Lowry of Montgomery County Women’s Center; Dana Pritchard, The Woodlands Car Club; Mayor Gary Watts; Vicki Richmond, Woodforest Charitable Foundation; John Bracken and Jennifer Ashley of Montgomery County Youth Services; Barbara Lowrie,The Friendship Center; and Michael Richmond, Woodforest National Bank

Shenandoah Mayor Garry Watts recently joined The Woodlands Car Club in presenting proceeds from their annual Evening Fall Car Show to the Woodforest Charitable Foundation and three local nonprofit charities.

The Woodlands Car Club routinely participates in several small shows, but the Evening Fall Car Show is a unique event that features vintage, exotic and high-end collectible cars. In the past nine years, The Woodlands Car Club has donated over $50,000 to charitable organizations throughout Montgomery County.

The 2010 check presentations took place at the Shenandoah City Council meeting in December. The donations were made possible through the efforts of The Woodlands Car Club, generating more than $7,500 from their 2010 Evening Fall Car Show.

Checks from the proceeds of the car show were presented to: Montgomery County Youth Services, The Friendship Center, serving the needs of seniors, and The Montgomery County Women’s Center. Each organization received $2,500 – an additional contribution to the funds they received from the Foundation in September.

“The nonprofit charities in Mont­gomery County serve such an important purpose,” said Dana Pritchard, car club president. “There are many people who benefit from these organizations and we can help serve them through our support. Even the smallest donations add up and make a big difference.”

The Woodlands Car Club was founded in March 2001 by a local group of car enthusiasts to create friendships, fellowship, foster relationships with local business and community, create awareness for and give back to local nonprofit organizations in Montgomery County. The Car Club is comprised of a small group of volunteers that are very dedicated and enthusiastic about the overall mission to support nonprofit agencies that serve the community in a variety of ways.

“Through combined efforts, we are able to bring help, hope and opportunity to those faced with unfortunate challenges,” said Kim Marling, executive director/vice president of Woodforest Charitable Foundation. “The Foundation is extremely grateful for our partnership with The Woodlands Car Club and we look forward to their continued support.”

For upcoming events or more information about The Woodlands Car Club, please call 281-363-2977 or visit

The Woodforest Charitable Foundation was created by Woodforest National Bank in 2005 as a direct result of its desire to support and invest in the communities in which it serves. The Foundation is creating a legacy of commitment to those in need, enriching lives and communities through dedicated leadership and faithful administration by providing funding to qualifying 501(c3) charities. For additional information regarding The Woodforest Charitable Foundation, call (832) 375-CARE (2273) or visit the Foundation’s website at

Celebrating 30 years of service and ranked among the top earning banks in the United States, the Woodforest family of banks currently has assets of approximately $3.2 billion and services more than 850,000 customers in 17 states.