Proceeds from the Rydell’s 15th Annual Car and Bike Show Charity Event, set for Sept. 19, will go to the Grand Forks Police Department’s IMPACT Academy for local middle school students, the Rydell Cars company has announced.

The show, which will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature Corvettes, street rods, customized vehicles, trucks, muscle care, imports, rat rods and vintage vehicles.

In 2020, the IMPACT Academy had been selected as the beneficiary of the charity event, but that show had to be postponed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each year, Rydell employees vote on a local charity that will benefit from the event, Kaylee Metzger, accountant with Rydell Cars, said in a news release.

All of the funds generated at the car and bike show goes to the chosen charity, including a Rydell company match of up to $40,000. No money is taken out to cover the expenses of putting on the show, Metzger said.

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Since its beginning, the car and bike charity event has raised about $835,400 for local organizations, she said.

The IMPACT Academy was started by Cpl. Jessic Thorlacius and Officer Jay Farmer of the Grand Forks Police Department, as a summer program for middle school students. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Partnership, Accountability, Community and Tenacity.

This past summer, 20 students in grades seven and eight were chosen to participate in activities throughout the city, including planting a garden, touring local businesses, and visiting the police and fire departments and the Juvenile Detention Center.

"The Rydell Car Show Committee really appreciated the mission of the IMPACT Academy and what it stands for," Metzger said. "The children in our community are our future, so we always appreciate an opportunity to be a supporter."

The law enforcement officers said in the news release that they are honored that the IMPACT Academy has been chosen as the beneficiary for this year’s charity event. The funds will be “extremely helpful” in building the IMPACT Academy, especially in the police department’s effort to safely transport the students, they said.

The annual charity event “is a time for the Rydell ‘family to give back to the community they are proud to be part of,” Metzger said. “Everyone here at Rydell is excited for the show to happen this year, and cannot wait to see everyone.”

Anyone who would like to exhibit a car, truck, SUV, bike or tricycle is welcome to participate.

Rydell’s also welcomes donations of all kinds, including auction items, “nothing is too big or too small, and the more unique, the better,” Metzger said.

The silent auction is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 19, with a wide assortment of items from local business supporters, she said.

Rydell Auto Center is located at 2700 S. Washington St.

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