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More than 30 classic and modern cars were on display at the one-day Fort Wayne Motorfest event held August 25 and sponsored by PQC. Lots of onlookers were able to admire some of Indiana’s and Ohio’s finest hot rods and classic cruisers. Even with a delayed start due to wind and rain, the event was well attended. Despite the foul weather that threatened to turn sponsorship tents into sails and toppled the DJ’s equipment, everyone went home safe and sound.

This was the first year for the event, and it gathered more than $1,000 for the Windrose Learning organization. Windrose Urban Farm is a local Fort Wayne program with a singular focus: They seek to provide employment opportunities for individuals living with special needs in our community while growing high-quality food and garden products. They know that by giving employment to people with special needs, they will create jobs and provide fulfilling opportunities. In turn, they then hope to nurture compassion and understanding by exposing the community to individuals with disabilities. Their employees will work in either the warehouse/grow rooms at the urban farm in downtown Fort Wayne, run deliveries, or sell their products during the week and weekends at local farmers markets. Their goal is to ultimately have a permanent position at the new Electric Works facility, which was a partial sponsor for the event.

In addition to the car show, the Motorfest provided a great opportunity that allowed both the local community and surrounding neighbors to see the possibilities for the Electric Works campus. This fun event also hosted the Windrose Urban Farm booth, which sold their highly sought-after mushrooms as well as lemon shake-ups and locally made yard games. Along with PQC and Electric Works, other local sponsors included Sweetwater Sound, Edwards Sewing Center, and Clean Fuels National. Local restaurants also gave out raffle prizes, with local food trucks and Sweet Creations serving fabulous food that would make anyone give up their diet!

We’re looking forward to future years and being a part of the event as it grows!

Contributions to Windrose Urban Farm can be made at www.windroselearning.org.

-Stacey Smith, PQC President & CEO