Highlands Motoring Festival presents check to local charities

The net proceeds of $43,500 from the 2019 Highlands Motoring Festival was presented to representatives of The Literacy Council of Highlands, R.E.A.C.H of Macon County, and the Community Care Clinic of Highlands/Cashiers on Jan. 16 at TLC.

“Our Foundation feels strongly that proceeds go to human needs charities,” said HMF 2020 Co-chair Steve Ham. “These three groups benefit the underserved in our community.”

From left are Jerry Hermanson, Executive Director of the Community Care Clinic; Bonnie Potts, Executive Director of The Literacy Council; Steve Ham and Mark Chmar of the Highlands Motoring Festival, presenting a check for $43,500 to the CCC, TLC, and R.E.A.C.H. of Macon County on Jan. 16.

Ham added that the 2019 Motoring Festival produced record income during the four-day event last June. Despite heavy rainfall, the 2019 HMF displayed eighty classic cars to over a thousand spectators with the hard work of sixty local volunteers.

2019 was the 12th year Highlands has hosted HMF. The Festival was first held in 2008.

“Each year has grown about 20% in attendance and revenue on an average,” said Ham. “In the past ten years we have donated over $200,000 to local charities.”

Planning is already underway for the 13th annual HMF, which will be from June 11-14 and entails nine different events; including two car shows, four driving tours, two evening social events, and a parade.

The 2020 HMF featured marque is Packard. There will also be several classes of other classic cars including some special BMW’s and historic Porsches. Click HERE for more details.

HMF is a volunteer organization with all proceeds going to local human needs-based charities.

Click HERE for 2019 HMF article.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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Photos from 2019 Highlands Motoring Festival

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