Event meant to help save Camp Oyo

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 29, 2005

Smooth cars and motorcycles plus a good cause equaled a successful event Saturday.

The 2nd Annual Camp Oyo Car & Motorcycle Show revved its engines at Ohio University Southern over the weekend but this wasn't just about showing off some slick wheels. The goal was to raise money for Camp Oyo, the Boy and Cub Scout camp in Portsmouth that remains in financial limbo.

Ironton resident George McCalvin was instrumental in putting together the event that included nearly 50 hot rods, classics and motorbikes.

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Last year, he participated as a school project, this year it became more a family project with his wife, Cindy, daughter, Sissy, and son Tommy, along with friend Rick Rogers helping organize the event.

"I just love cars. Plus, it is an excellent cause," McCalvin said. "I thought, 'what better thing to do than help those Boy Scouts.'"

Even competing against the crowds of the Gus Macker basketball tourney, the event was still a success in its second year, raising nearly $1,500 for the camp, McCalvin said.

"My son was a scout and I just don't want to see those boys lose that camp," he said. "That is what we were out there for."

Dr. David Lucas, scoutmaster of Troop 106 in Ironton, helped organize the Camp Oyo Endowment Fund two years ago and hopes to raise more than $1 million to provide stability for the camp for years to come.

"It's not just a camp to us, it's a sacred place we can go and get in touch with ourselves and our community. We want Camp Oyo to be there for years to come," Lucas said in the past. "It's a sacred vestige, a part of our history, our heritage. This is heart and soul, this is family."

McCalvin knows a thing or two about families, since it was his that helped make the event go.

"They were just a big help," he said of his wife and two children who helped organize all the details. "There is no way we could have done this without them."

Set to be an annual event on the third weekend of May, McCalvin is optimistic about the future and may help with other fund-raisers.

Anyone who would like to learn more about Camp Oyo and what can be done to save it, can contact McCalvin at (740) 533-9374.