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Posted: Monday, July 16th 2012 at 4:08pm

Community bands together to help Mt. Airy family

By Rob Moore Editor
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Downtown Cornelia was transformed into a benefit car show Sunday afternoon. (Photo/Rob Moore)
CORNELIA – Friendship is not something Roger Canup takes for granted.

In fact, Canup’s faith in his friends – and in complete strangers – was renewed Sunday in Cornelia.

On May 7, Canup, his wife Diane and their son David lost their Mt. Airy home in a fire. Shortly after that, friends of the Canups began planning a fundraiser to help them move on.

That fundraiser was held in the form of a cruise-in from 3-8 p.m. Sunday at Fenders Diner and throughout downtown Cornelia.

Organized by Mike McCoy, Johnny Hulsey and Randy Cantrell, the event featured 98 antique and specialty vehicles, spread out along Irvin, Wells, and Hodges streets.

“We had a hometown boy, Roger Canup, lost his home and some of us got together and decided we needed to help them, so we came up with this car show idea,” said co-organizer Mike McCoy. “Mr. Hulsey and myself and Randy Cantrell decided to put it on, along with Fenders here. The Cooks have been wonderful people and they said they’d like to help us, so we put it all together and that’s where we’re at today.”

Hundreds filed through the closed streets, looking at a variety of cars, trucks, vans, and other vehicles and listening to the music provided by “Rockin’ Ray the DJ.”

“It is overwhelming,” Canup said. “This is my second episode in a situation like this, and I have found that I have been very blessed with a lot of good friends – and this shows it right here. I’m in heaven today. It don’t get no better.”

The Canups’ home was a total loss.

“It’s devastating,” Canup said. “But we’re in a new home now, and life’s getting back to normal.”

“God put it here for us … it’s a wonderful thing – it’s great,” Canup said of Sunday’s event.

“We’re right now at 99 vehicles, believe it or not,” Hulsey said. “We were expecting 100 vehicles, so we just about made our goal. People have been great, but we couldn’t do this without the Cooks from Fenders Diner. Special events like this, the only time we can do them is on Sunday afternoon, because if you try to do it on Saturday there’s so many car shows going on that we wouldn’t have had 30 cars here.”

McCoy said “car people” like to give back to their communities.

“It just shows how much the people of the community want to help, and the car people want to help and give back,” McCoy said.

Bobby York took home the Top Chevy plaque for his 1955 Chevrolet 210. Johnny Hyde received the Top Ford award for his 1956 Ford Victoria. Mike and Beverly Razniff received the Top Mopar plaque for their 1969 Dodge Charger. Tony Irvin garnered the Top Truck plaque for his 1947 Ford truck.

Best of Show honors went to Doyle Strickland for his 1940 Ford two-door Standard.

Storms experienced in White and Rabun counties Sunday held off during the five-hour Cornelia event.

“The good Lord has blessed us, He sure has,” Hulsey said. “We couldn’t ask for a more perfect day.”
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