The closure March 12 by the Recreation Centers of Sun City West on all facilities kept owner-members home, but now back open, the ripple effect for a 501(C)(3) in Sun City West left an impact.
The Automotive Restoration Club of Sun City West, 19803 N R.H. Johnson Blvd., Building B2, calls an 8.000-square-foot building home, complete with a paint and body shop. More than 700 members take part in the club that educates and is charitable.
Before the closure, the shop was fully functioning, including every bay filled. Long-term projects were in progress as well as new member safety, lift and monitor training.
“When we knew we were going to close down some guys who had projects decided to take them home and continue to work and two projects stayed behind,” Tom Jones, club president, said.
Right before the doors closed, the club completed this year’s car show. But missed the opportunity to host the 2020 ARC charity golf tournament to raise money for Alzheimer’s. Shop manager Craig Landers led last year’s golf tournament and said it was unfortunate the opportunity to raise funds through the event had to be canceled this year.
“When things like that happen we don’t have as many funds available to be charitable with and give to other organizations,” Mr. Jones explained.
The auctions were also closed down due to the pandemic and donations typically are made to ARC for working those auctions, which will also be missed. But the club is looking ahead to next year’s 2021 car show and is officially selling raffle car tickets for a 1993 Corvette 40th Anniversary edition with just more than 14,000 miles. It can be seen on display in front of the ARC building. Tickets are $10 each or $25 for three, $100 for 15. All proceeds go to ARC of Sun City West. The drawing will take place Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.
Not to be forgotten are the ARC Angels, who are available to assist the community in a time of need, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-518-3226.
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