On July 3rd, 2005, at around 2:00am, Eric J. Kalber was a passenger in a car traveling approximately 70 mph. When the driver lost control, Eric was killed on impact. He was 20 years old.
”Bill Braycheck, a teacher at Xavier High School, suggested a scholarship to honor Eric’s memory,” according to Eric’s mother, Sheri. “My sister and brother-in-law did a couple of car washes and then suggested a car show in 2006 to raise funds for the scholarship.”
The tireless efforts of a group of volunteers that now tops 50 people has raised and awarded over $19,000 in academic scholarships to 10 Xavier High School students to help defray senior-year tuition. The recipients must be average students who work hard for their grades, much like Eric.
The EJK show bring together old friends, new friends and family members for good music, good food and good times. “This car show is a lot of work, but it’s a labor of love. We celebrate Eric’s life and his love of anything with wheels. This show wouldn’t be possible without our many volunteers, who come here because they love Eric or because they know someone who loves Eric. The show gets a little bigger and a little better every year. I think 2011 will be a record year,” Sheri said as she looked around the parking lot. “It looks like we have about 150 cars today.”
Among the vehicles on display were several vintage Fords and Chevys from the 1930s, a Legends racecar, a 1930s Auburn, a healthy gathering of muscle cars, ‘50s classics, rat rods, late-model imports and a selection of bikes.