ASME Car Show to benefit Wounded Warriors

Sarah Bedford, Assistant News Editor

The Wilkes University chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, or ASME, is hosting their eighth annual car show, which benefits the Wounded Warriors Project, on April 27 in the SUB parking lot and adjoining lots.

Zachary Tomasura, junior mechanical and electrical engineering major, and ASME president explained that the car show is more than just an ASME event.

“It’s a whole university ordeal,” Tomasura said.

Along with members of ASME, the group enlisted help from the student-run Integrative Media group, Studio 20, to create the show flyers, as well as the Wilkes advertising department and Student Government.

The idea of hosting the car show began in 2005 with the old ASME president, Eric Skoglund.

In 2007, Skoglund realized that the event needed to accessible to the student body and funded by Student Government.

Tomasura explained that the car show not only spotlights ASME to the community but also “promotes the campus to those who attend.”

At last years event, roughly 1,000 people attended and it was the first year that it had benefited the Wounded Warriors Project.

“The goal was to tie a nonprofit to the show to get more involvement from the community and the students,” said Tomasura.

Corey Hohol, junior mechanical engineer major, and ASME vice president explained that the event will “continue on always benefiting an organization but the organization may vary.”

In order to choose which nonprofit to benefit, the group runs a club poll where ¾ majority will determine the organization.

Tomasura commented that the group wants to “benefit someone other than ourselves.”

ASME gives 75 percent of the event proceeds to Wounded Warriors or $2,000 depending on the amout raised.

“The goal is to continue increasing the proceeds,” Tomasura said.

At the show, students can also enter their vehicle for the “Best Student Car” award. In order to do so, students must place their Wilkes ID on their windshield.

In the past, roughly 25 students have entered for this award.

At this year’s event, there will be live music by Tuxedo Mouse and 90.7 WCLH will be emceeing.

Additionally, Leggio’s will be catering. For $35, individuals can also hook up their vehicle to a Dyno to measure their vehicles torque and horse power.

Although the car show is a huge part of ASME, the group is working to expand their activities.

This year, they have created a professional speaker series and industrial tour series that focuses on different engineering concentrations.

For next fall, ASME has four plant tours scheduled and two professional engineers lined up to speak.

As ASME continues to grow and target the student body, they also thanked those who’ve helped them get where they are.

“It wouldn’t be possible without all the people at Wilkes helping us realize our goals,” said Tomasura.

Preregistration for the car show is going until April 7 at 12 a.m. and registration for the car show will begin at 9 a.m. the day of the event.

Cost for preregistration is $10 and $15 the day of the event. The first 100 people who enter will receive a dash plaque.

During the event, the SUB lot and adjoining lots will be closed for normal parking from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The rain date is scheduled for May 4.

Those interested in more information should visit the Wilkes ASME Car Show Facebook or contact Tomasura at [email protected] or Hohol at [email protected].