Charity car show to benefit abuse shelter recently hit by fire

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published July 20, 2015


SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After a June 28 fire destroyed the laundry room in Turning Point’s new $3 million facility in Mount Clemens and forced 12 women and 25 children to temporarily relocate, the domestic violence and sexual abuse shelter could use all the help it can get.

A local financial group chose Turning Point as the beneficiary of the proceeds from its ninth annual Charity Car Show months ago, but the timing could not be more ideal, said Turning Point Chief Development Officer Karan Bates-Gasior.

The free event will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 25 in the parking lot of CIA Financial Group, located at 45600 Village Blvd. in Shelby Township, and all of the proceeds will benefit Turning Point.

The car show will feature more than 100 vehicles, spanning the spectrum from classics to muscle cars. There will also be basket raffles, 50/50 raffle tickets and family fun activities, including photos with a monster truck, temporary tattoos, crafts, a food vendor, a disc jockey and more.

“We are without a laundry room for a little while, but everybody is back in the shelter. The Red Cross made arrangements for them at a hotel,” Bates-Gasior said. “We need all the help we can get, which is a true statement pretty much any time, but now it’s worse.”

She said the good news was that the building was insured and the insurance company hired a contractor to take care of the construction work after the deductible.

“(Being chosen for the charity car show) is quite awesome, just because we have such a limited staff, and most of our staff is geared toward helping the residents,” Bates-Gasior said.

Heidi Hutchins, chief financial officer of CIA Financial Group and co-chair of the car show, said the charity car show originated as a client appreciation event, but grew to become a philanthropic venture.

“The last two years, we had the staff vote on charities, then we narrow it down to three and the staff gets the opportunity to pick the charity,” Hutchins said. “Turning Point seems to be a really great charity.”

For more information about the car show, call (888) 226-7730 or visit For more information about Turning Point, visit