LIMA — Mother Nature may have dampened attendance at the 15th annual Westgate Charity Auto Show, held June 26 at the Apollo Career Center, but that hasn’t dampened morale among show organizers. , who were always able to help the necessary funds flow to a variety of charities in the area.

Six of those charities were able to reap the proceeds from the auto show during a check presentation Wednesday at the Westgate Entertainment Center. For Melissa Waller, the charity car show treasurer, being able to present these checks is not only rewarding for the recipient charities, but also for the event organizers.

“These checks represent an entire year [worth of] work to get sponsors and donated items for raffle prizes,” Waller said. “We have our car show on the last Sunday in June. It was our 15th car show. It was raining so we only had about half of the cars we usually use.

Beneficiaries of the auto show help meet a wide variety of needs in the Lima community, according to Waller.

“Today is the day we donate our money to various charities in our community,” she said, “Allen/Lima Leadership and their Love Bagage Project, Samaritan House, Veterans Food Pantry, Heart and Sole, Westgate Angels, and the Jason Strauser Brain Cancer Memorial Fund.

Heart & Sole of Allen County is a non-profit charitable organization established to provide new and gently used shoes to area children in need.

“Our mission is simple,” reads the charity’s Facebook page, “to unite as a community to enrich the lives of our young people, one shoe at a time.”

Love Baggage was founded by the Allen Lima leadership class of 2006 with the goal of providing bags full of amenities needed by children in foster care through the County Children’s Services Allen.

The Samaritan House of Lima, located at 328 W. McKibben St., is a shelter that has served homeless women and their children in Lima and Allen County since 1987.

The Westgate Angels is a group that selects families each Christmas, providing them with the necessary items to help them enjoy the holiday.

Melissa Waller, third from right, poses with representatives of local charities who have received donations from the Westgate Charity Car Show.

Contact Dean Brown at 567-242-0409.