*Editor's Note: The following information was provided by the Renton Police Department, which benefits from the . Proceeds from the car show support Renton Police Department Youth Education Programs, including After School Reading Programs, Leadership Camp, Hoop Shoot, Diversity Club, and other Educational and Recreational Youth Programs. The show will take place on July 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; registration opens at 8 a.m.; judging begins at 11 a.m.; awards announced at 3 p.m. at the Piazza Park on the corner of South 3rd Street / Burnett Avenue South.
"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." —Nelson Henderson
Twenty-two years ago, local residents Ben and Nancy Remak had dreams. They brought two of those dreams together in a way that benefitted two very different communities: classic car enthusiasts, and at-risk youth in Renton. Twenty-two years later, their dream has realized $160,000 in donations to Police Youth Programs, which have helped countless kids: providing lunch and activities during the summer to hungry and restless youths, a hoop shoot where elementary and middle school students compete for free throws counted by police officers, scholarships to recreational programs that families could otherwise not afford, and participation in youth conferences aimed at promoting successful futures.
From the roots up, Ben and Nancy volunteered their time and talents (and their friends’ and families’ time and talents!) to host the Return to Renton Car Show for many years. As the Show grew, they turned it over to another team of volunteers who have carried on their dream.
How many children’s lives have been touched through programs supported by Return to Renton? How many people have enjoyed checking out classic cars and remembering fondly their days of cruising the Loop? How many “trees” did Ben and Nancy plant?
The Remaks are still involved in the periphery of the show, but have given up the reins to a committee of volunteers who work year-round to facilitate the Return to Renton Benefit Car Show and Cruise-In. The committee is assisted by countless other volunteers who help with parking & registration, donate goods and services, and make the show what it is today. And today, Ben and Nancy would like to thank everyone who volunteers to make our community a better place – the volunteers who “plant trees” every day.