The event took place nearly 100 years to the date of the founding of Rotary International, a civic service group with 31,000 clubs in 166 countries.
KSL's Dick Nourse, who acted as Honorary Chairman for the event, spoke candidly about his introduction to the sixth annual "Cruisin' for Kids" campaign, an event centered around an antique car show that raises cash to buy coats and other winter essentials for Bountiful's less fortunate.
"Bountiful?" Nourse asked. "Does everyone in Bountiful have a coat? When you take a look around, the answer is 'no.' Everyone has problems, and there's much to do."
Chris Simonsen, General Chairman of the Bountiful Rotary, shared Nourse's observation. He told the story of how he got involved in "Cruisin'."
"I was at Slim Olsen's getting gas on a cold February morning," Simonsen said, "and I was wearing my Rotary jacket. A lady approached me and asked, 'Are you a Rotarian?' I told her I was."
"She pointed to a nearby van and said, 'There are six children in that van who are wearing new coats. None of them know it was a charity'."
The woman told Simonsen that her husband had been out of work for a year, and that, before Rotary's donation, they were going to have a difficult decision: Christmas or coats?
"She gave me a hug that straightened my spine," he continued, "And she said, 'God bless you.' I can still remember her tears on my cheek."
"I say, God bless the good people of Bountiful. There is a passion that individuals get when they learn of Cruisin' for Kids."
Money gathered at the car show goes into coffers that are held until local school principals notice children who need help with winter clothing. They turn to Bountiful Rotary which gives the principals certificates good for coats, mittens, and boots at Kmart. The children of these parents get to select winter clothing, and the parents never have to explain to their children that they are receiving charity.
Rotary honored ten principals from Adelaide, Meadowbrook, Muir, Oak Hills, Tolman, Valley View, West Bountiful, Woods Cross and Washington elementary schools.
Rotary's Greg Skedros, owner of the Mandarin Restaurant, honored food supplier Nicholas & Company.
"All I do is give give Nicholas & Co. a request for food, and when I get the invoice, everything says free, free, free. When you see a Nicholas & Co. truck, think Cruisin' for Kids."
Additional winners of awards and recognition for help with the Cruisin' for Kids campaign included the City of Bountiful (including the Fire, Recreation and Police Departments), Kmart, the law firm of Hansen, Barnett and Maxwell, the Mandarin and many others.
The Davis County Clipper also won a "Thank you" award.
J.C. Hackett, "King of the Cruisers" who helps organize the event, paid tribute to those who display their cars in the show.
Hackett said that the car enthusiasts brave weather and, sometimes, a financial pinch to help with Cruisin'. During one event, the money raised was short by $200. One enthusiast in the crowd who was strapped for cash approached Hackett with a $100 bill.
"This won't fill your need," the man told Hackett, "but it'll get you closer."
The Bountiful Rotary's Cruisin' for Kids car show will take place Saturday, May 15 at Bountiful City Park.