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Rally drives through Craig after donating $10K to local charity

CRAIG — Participants in an annual sports car rally made a lasting impression with a $10,000 contribution to a local volunteer organization.

The Peak to Peak Rally started in 2004, and while this year, the organization is transitioning from one family to another, the event is going strong, with more than 30 cars registered. About 26 sports cars rolled into Craig on Monday, Sept. 17, for a lunch stop at Fiesta Jalisco restaurant.

"On our second year, we noticed that we were passing through neighborhoods that could use a hand,” said Greg Mathews, co-organizer and son of rally founder Harry Mathews.

The Mathews decided their event could make a difference to people in need. They started using part of every entry fee to make a donation to small organizations in small towns along their route.

The event has raised and given away about half a million dollars through the course of its 13 years, Greg Mathews said.

They look for organizations run by volunteers that spend most of their donations on direct services for people in need.

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“I happened to be in the office at the time, and I received a call from Greg asking me about the organization. He told me the cars were passing through, and participants would like to contribute something to the organization,” said Interfaith Food Bank volunteer Bonnie Hampton.

During the luncheon presentation, Hampton explained to rally participants that the food bank is an all-volunteer organization serving 70 to 80 families each month. This amounts to about 60,000 meals per year, including special Christmas baskets, supported largely through United Way and donations by large area businesses.

"We are very grateful for the generous support of this community; now, to have your support, is truly a gift," Hampton said.

Event organizers and major sponsors Laurie and Don Hicks, of Porsche of Colorado Springs, presented a check for $10,000.

Hampton was visibly emotional.

“I never imagined this kind of generosity,” she said as she thanked the participants,

Lunch done and donation gifted, drivers soon departed, headed for two days of touring in Palisade, then on to Aspen, then back to their base in Golden.

Harry Mathews said the event was already off to a successful start and that 2019 stages are in the planning.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.