Resident Molly Solano and Jessica Tafoya, activity assistant, pose in front of some of the participating cars.

There were lots of smiles at the second annual Hot Dogs and Hot Rods car show and picnic at University Park Care Center in Pueblo, Colorado, on Aug. 8, 2016.


Residents and associates enjoyed the oldies and the blues being belted out by Leviticus “LC” Houston, a local entertainer.


The cars’ owners showed off their vehicles’ muscle in the 85-degree weather with clear blue skies that brought the community, as well as residents and associates outdoors.


Carol Ritchey, MDS coordinator, came up with the idea for a car show last year when a resident asked her if he could see her 1970 Mustang that she drove to work.


“He just loved it,” said Ritchey.


Ritchey thought all of the residents would like to look at cars, so she teamed up with Susie Rinn, activity director, and Brenda Files, director of food services, to make the car show a fun event that would be held annually. The executive director got involved, too.


“I came by to grill hot dogs and to support our participants and residents,” said Rob Newman, executive director.


His wife and 2-year-old daughter were there to contribute their support as well.


This year, Ritchey decided to make it a fundraising event for the residents’ annual Christmas store.


A $10 fee was charged for each car in the show, with 28 people participating. By the end, the show had raised approximately $300 to buy gifts for the Christmas store.


There were four different categories in which participants could win plaques. The categories were Pre 1980, 1980 to 1999, 2000 and later and People’s Choice, in which residents and participants were able to choose which muscle car they thought was the best. An early Dodge Challenger won People’s Choice.


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