The Southern Knights Cruisers is a Non-profit Club under IRS Section 501 (c) 7 formed in 2004 by local car hobbyists who enjoy showing and driving their old cars and who are dedicated to raising money to help veterans through the enjoyment of the hobby.
Southern Knights Cruisers, a non-profit classic car club, has created an endowed scholarship that will afford students needing assistance the opportunity to earn a prestigious degree from Richard Bland College of William & Mary.
While the car hobbyist group enjoys showing and driving classic cars, they are dedicated to raising money to help many groups including veterans and youth.
"Southern Knights Cruisers has been a longstanding supporter of Richard Bland College and we are now pleased to increase contributions by creating an endowed scholarship," said Ricky Williams, the car club president.
Richard Bland College awards approximately $289,000 in scholarships and grants annually, and the need has consistently grown in recent years, according to President Debbie L. Sydow.
"While Richard Bland College is one of the most affordable in Virginia, many students would not have the opportunity to obtain a college degree without scholarships made possible by individuals, businesses and non-profits like Southern Knights Cruisers," said Sydow. "When community partners step up to provide financial support to deserving students, the impact to families and the region is huge."
For 17 years, Southern Knights Cruisers has held an annual classic car show in the grove at Richard Bland College. The event, one of the largest car shows in Central Virginia, is held the first Saturday in August.
Richard Bland College of William & Mary is a selective, residential, two-year college that provides a learning experience at for students preparing for transfer to highly ranked colleges and universities. The college has intercollegiate athletics, signature programs, and a student population of 2,200 on the 800-acre campus located just south of Richmond, Va.
For more information go to www.rbc.edu
Again, like 2015, leading up to the day of the show on Saturday, rain was a constant concern. We awoke with rain showers and traveling to the show grounds, rain was falling. At 7:00, we were trying to decide to cancel or go forward. We knew that if we cancelled, the show could not happen on the rain date due to the food vendors having other commitments. During this decision process, a couple of cars showed up. With Richard Bland’s and SKC personnel, we decided to have the show and move it to the parking pavement due to the grounds being too saturated with rain water. Well, the show turned out to be a huge success, given the obstacles that the club faced. There were over 240 vehicles that registered, the troops from Fort Lee showed up and everyone had a great time. The weather turned out to be great, we could not have asked for a better day given the rainy week that had just occurred.
Plans are in the making of an even bigger show in 2017. This year, the Club decided to move the show back to August 5th. The reason for the change is that in 2015, we had to cancel the show because of rain. In 2016, the show almost got cancelled due to rain, so we decided to move it back to the original month of the show. Again, this year, the 18th Annual Southern Knights Cruisers Veterans Car & Bike Show will be saluting and honoring our country's veterans. Money that is raised will benefit the "Fisher House Fund #1162", "McGuire Veterans Hospital’s Fund #1161","Fort Lee’s Holiday Helper Association", and new for this year is Richard Bland College SKC Scholarship Fund. We expect that there will be even more interest in the Show this year given the response we had in 2016. More to come on displays and vendors.
For more information about our show visit the Southern Knights Cruisers Veterans Car & Bike Show web page.
For more information about Richard Bland College’s Southern Knights Cruisers Scholarship Fund go to: www.rbc.edu/news-releases
Please Join Us This Year!
We look forward to seeing you at the Saturday Night Cruise-in and Shows.
Want to Become A Member of the Southern Knights Cruisers Family?
If you meet all of the New Membership requirements download the Membership Application fill it out and turn it in to the Southern Knights Cruisers President or Secretary.
Purpose of Guidelines: To prevent the mistreatment of any prospective member. Also, to
prevent any claims of discrimination, as outlined under the Clubs charter.
1. Show a strong desire to be a member of the Southern Knights Cruisers, Inc.
2. Be an auto enthusiast
3. Must show that they enjoy working with the Club to raise funds for charities
4. Be known by a large majority of membership
a. By attending club meetings
b. By working at cruise ins
c. By attending other Club activities
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