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Our Progress

The first BENEFIT FOR THE BASIN event was held in 2013 at Klamath Basin Equipment. A 1968 Mustang was raffled off, $8600 dollars were raised and given to the Klamath County Fairgrounds.

  •  In 2014, the Benefit for the Basin event moved to the Klamath County Fairgrounds. Over 100 cars entered the show. Not only did the show grow in size but changed from a car show to an Event with the focus still being cars. A live band was added, there were Bounce Houses, and Face Painting for the kids, local merchants donated raffle prizes that were given out throughout the day. Businesses set up booths for people to peruse. There was free food, free admission and parking. Local Businesses got involved in the building of the 1966 Plymouth GTX clone that was raffled off. The event raised in excess of $40,000 in our second year.

  •  In 2015 the event grew to over 150 registered cars, and with help from local businesses we built two cars to raffle off at the event, a 1971 Dodge Dart and a 1971 Ford Pickup. Two Oregon Institute of Technology students drove away in the prizes that year. The 2015 Event raised over $66,000 to use to help youth, education, community, and the Klamath County Fairgrounds.

  •  2016 saw over 250 registered cars, more local vendors, and a bigger food court. The raffle cars, a 1966 Ford Mustang and a 1966 Chevy Impala were both big hits and Raffle ticket sales reflected it, helping to raise $105,000, a new record high!

  •  For the 2017 Event, the Benefit again was able to build two cars, a 1968 Chevy C10 Pickup and a 1973 MGB. The generous Sponsors and individuals helped the Benefit raise just over $94,000.

  •  2018 – The BENEFIT added a Friday night Charity Dinner and Auction which was a huge success. Proceeds from the auction plus raffle tickets sales and proceeds from the Saturday’s car show saw a new high for the Benefit at over$ 119,000 raised for the year.

  •  2019 - Drag racing, special guests, and a gorgeous 1968 Pontiac Firebird really got the public excited. Raffle ticket sales were great, the roar of engines in the 1st time 100 foot Drag races was loud, and the excitement of having the crew of TV’s Bitchin Rides at the 2-day event was crazy. Dave Kindig, Kev-Dog, Ryan and the rest of the crew were social, exciting and fun to meet Friday night and Saturday. They, along with so many others were so generous at both the auction Friday night and during the event on Saturday…it proved contagious and saw the total for the 2019 season hit a new record high. Over $192,000 dollars was raised for the year. The Benefit Board and Committee Members had a specific goal, which we achieved. Beginning in 2020 the Scholarship award would be raised to $ 750 per student.

  •  2020 – Due to the Coronavirus ALL 2020 BENEFIT FUND RAISING EVENTS have been cancelled.

  •  2021 – Promises to be a banner year for BENEFIT FOR THE BASIN. Watch us on FACEBOOK and visit our website to find out about Special guests and new, exciting events planned for the 2021 season.

  • 2022 - Proved to be an outstanding year reaching our annual goal and surpassing One- Million Dollars raised over the past 9 years.

  • 2023 - Promises to be AMAZING as our 10th annual Benefit for the Basin, Car Show and Drag Races. Look for details dropping soon. July 7th and 8th, 2023 at the Klamath County Event Center.

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