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Wednesday June 1, 2016 at 3:11pm Age: 3 yrs
Category: District, Middle School


Expectations for the First Annual Chris Corwin Memorial Scholarship Car Show on May 23 were positively outran when close to 250 vehicles cruised onto the middle school campus. Organizers had hoped for 100 vehicles.


Crowds sporting the event’s purple t-shirt lined up for barbecue and popcorn, friends and families ate together under a big top, DJ music trailed the warm afternoon breeze, groups of students played games in the fields, and car aficionados gathered in circles on lawn chairs. Three hours later, the event had raised over $10,000 – far beyond the organizers’ best estimates – to go directly to the Chris Corwin Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Funds were raised through business sponsorships; concessions; raffle items donated by local businesses, contributions from community members, students, and faculty/staff; a 50/50 raffle; T-shirt sales; and donations accepted at the door from exhibitors and spectators. There were no admission fees.


The scholarship was created in memory of Christopher Corwin, a Minisink Valley Middle School Technology teacher tragically killed in a car accident on January 28, 2016. Known for his boundless curiosity, skills and generosity, Mr. Corwin’s impact reached far beyond the classroom and school buildings, and an entire community came together to honor his spirit and his legacy.


The idea of a car show fundraiser first came from Andrew Mink, high school Technology teacher, and Michael Larsen, middle school assistant principal.  Rich Budd, middle school Technology teacher, worked hand in hand with Mr. Mink to organize the event.


Scores of sponsors, donors and volunteers were eager to be a part of this first-time effort, and Mr. Corwin’s colleagues and family were moved and strengthened by the outpouring of support. 


Organizers would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time, as well as the individuals and families who came out to support the First Annual Chris Corwin Scholarship Car Show. “We knew the support was there, but we couldn’t have anticipated this kind of turnout, let alone the huge fundraising success. We hope this scholarship will make the same kind of lasting difference in the lives of graduating Minisink students as Chris Corwin made in our schools’ community. We can’t thank everyone enough,” said Mr. Budd who worked side-by-side with Chris Corwin for seven years. “Chris taught me more than I learned in college about CNC machining and laser engraving technologies. He was a great colleague, and also a good friend outside of work.”


The date for the second annual car show is already set for June 5, 2017.