The 7th Hunnert Car Pileup generated a considerable amount of donation money. $25,000 to be exact. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of the pileup.. to be able to do something to generate that much for charity... help out someone in need.. and all that comes from a good time. As many of you may know, the Chrome Czars drive the event, but the clubs and people that help out really make the show what it is, i like to call them the pileup "Redshirts". Redshirts are the guys and gals standing out there directing traffic, selling t-shirts, working the gates, wearing the red pileup volunteer shirts.. giving 2 hours of their time to contribute to a successful event. The show maintains a cash reserve to be able to weather a storm.. something like a rain out or tornado or something.. truthfully.. a bad weather pileup would be the same as a good weather one.. just wetter but we would still have to pay the rentals and bands and all that. Our plan all along was to build the show to a point where it could sustain itself and donate the profits. Money taken into the show above an beyond the cash reserve and what is spent on the show itself, gets donated to charity. Its hard to believe that 7 years ago the show started out at Marty and Sons in Sycamore.. and there wasn't even 100 cars. 2007 was the first year we were able to donate money, we ended up giving out $10,500. Its shocking that in one year we more than doubled that number.. $25,000.. i still cant believe it! The Czars and D.W. pick some of their favorite charities and the money gets divided amongst them. This year funds went to the following groups. Ste. Jeanne d'Arc School Intrepid Fallen Hero's Fund UTI Foundation Disabled American Veterans Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition Mid Atlantic Air Museum Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans Chicago Boys & Girls Clubs Mooseheart High School Automotive Shop Lets everyone give a big hand to our Redshirts and all the people that attend the event every year to make the pileup such a great show. If you see someone wearing a pileup volunteer shirt, shake their hand and tell them thanks. You all Rock. And remember.. the pileup is the second weekend in October, so in 2009.. its Saturday October 10th.