Corvette Club honored by city officials for St. Jude Car Show

Staff Report
Members of the Baton Rouge Corvette Club are shown with city officials after they were presented with a certificate of thanks during the city Board of Selectmen meeting on Aug. 8.

The Baton Rouge Corvette Club was honored by city officials at the Plaquemine Board of Selectmen meeting on Tuesday night for their record-breaking St. Jude Car Show, held in April. The city partners with the Corvette Club in the event by providing the Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park for the event, and providing both site and police support for the event.

“Without the support of the City of Plaquemine, our event would be just another car show,” said Nathan Hatheway, Baton Rouge Corvette Club spokesperson.  “The City of Plaquemine’s support is one of the main reasons our car show is so successful.

“The beautiful venue and pavilion makes the BRCC’s event one of the most popular in our area.  It is hard to express how greatly we appreciate everything the city has done over the years to help.”

The Corvette Club members reported that the organization raised a record $92,000 for St. Jude’s Childrens’ Hospital with this year’s car show. Club members noted that the car show, which draws thousands of vehicle enthusiasts from throughout the region to Plaquemine, is very popular because of the beautiful and functional venue of the Waterfront Park. Coordinator Mike Segura noted, “The venue is what draws people. We’ve participated in car shows all over the region and other states, and no one has a venue like the Waterfront Park, with the grass, bayou and pavilion.”

City officials noted that the event draws many people to Plaquemine, and said they are happy to continue the partnership with the Corvette Club. They presented Corvette Club members with a certificate of appreciation for their efforts on behalf of the city and patients of St. Jude. The Corvette Club has raised more than $560,000 for St. Jude in the 19 years they have held the Car Show.