Local family and business join for cure

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A local family “broke the mold” when they started an annual car show in Peculiar to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Juvenile diabetes is close to the hearts of Marty Sexton and his family. Sexton’s daughter Kayleigh was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 5. Currently Kayleigh is a freshman at Raymore-Peculiar High School.
The car show benefit began five years ago when the family team, called the K Bear Cubs, first looked into teaming up with Pete and Jake’s Hot Rod Parts in Peculiar. The K Bear Cubs are a team with the Kansas City chapter of JDRF, and Kayleigh is team captain. Sexton and his mother are co-captains, and other team members include Sexton’s wife, son, and his wife’s parents. They also have friends who have gotten involved over the years.
This year’s benefit will take place once again at Pete and Jake’s, a local business that sells antique car parts.
At the event, people have the opportunity to show their cars and can pay a $10 donation to be judged. Food vendors will be present, and many donated items will be up for sale or for auction, including Fender custom guitars. Colonel Wheeler of Wheeler Murphy Auctions will be donating his time as auctioneer. Pinstripers will be at the event, and the South 71 Cruisers and the Peculiar Fire Department will also be present.
“Every year it gets bigger,” remarked Sexton.
This benefit is the main fundraising event done by the K Bear Cubs. All money raised goes to help find a cure for diabetes. Sexton and his family hope to raise awareness about diabetes through this event, but they are also excited to have a fun occasion that is mutually beneficial to the K Bear Cubs and to the community.
This open house event will take place this Saturday, May 11, from 9 AM to 2 PM. A silent auction is scheduled to last from 9 through 1, and then an auction will commence at 1. The Fender guitars, a Stratocaster and a Telecaster, will be in the latter auction. The guitars have been donated by Fender Custom Shop’s Scott Buehl.
For more information about the event, call Jason or Jerry at 800-334-7240. Pete and Jake’s is located at 401 Legend Lane in Peculiar. To find out more about JDRF, visit the foundation’s website at http://www.jdrf.org.

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