Hill Country Rally for Kids celebrates its 10th year
Thirteen years ago, Cody Reeves and a friend had the opportunity to tour Driftwood’s Burke Center for Youth, a residential treatment facility that takes in 11- to 17-year-old boys affected by physical and sexual abuse and provides them with a safe and supportive environment.
For Cody, the Burke Center tour was life-changing. As a kid growing up in a “rough part” of East Houston, he’d made poor choices too, on occasion, and knew how hard things could be. But the tour sparked hope.
“I have a passion for seeing kids come from really tough backgrounds and move on to be successful, whatever that brand of success is—whether that’s graduating high school, moving on to college, or getting a great career,” says Cody. “When I saw the Burke Center for Youth, I knew the Dripping Springs community had the means to help these kids reach success.”
Soon after the tour, Cody and a friend, Rex, began brainstorming ideas to raise money for the Burke Center. Since both were motorcycle and car enthusiasts, they decided to put together a car and bike rally to benefit the Burke Center.
The rally took a couple years to get off the ground, but in 2006, Cody and Rex launched the Burke Rally, a small car and bike show exclusively benefiting the Burke Center.
“About 50 people showed up at the Burke Center that first year, and we thought that event was huge!” says Cody. “We raised $4,000—mostly from volunteers—and, man, we were joyful that day!”
Since then, the event has exploded in size and impact. Today, the Hill Country Rally for Kids—formerly known as the Burke Rally—serves a variety of children’s charities, including Amber’s Angels, RED Arena, B.I.G. Love Cancer Care, Tiger Totes, and School’s Out, Food’s In. Last year, the nonprofit gave $120,000 to nine children’s charities.
“We thought if we could fundraise for and bring awareness to more than one kids’ charity, then that would help many be successful,” says Cody, founder and president of Hill Country Rally for Kids. “Because how can you say one charity is better than the other when they’re all helping children’s lives? Each offers something a little bit different, but equally as powerful, for kids.”
This year, to mark the event’s 10th anniversary, the Hill Country Car and Motorcycle Rally has relocated to Dripping Springs’ Mercer Street and will feature 200 show cars and 50 to 100 motorcycles. Cody expects more than 2,000 people to attend.
In addition to the annual car and motorcycle rally, Hill Country Rally for Kids also hosts an annual gala, a concert music series, a BBQ cook-off, and a golf tournament to fundraise for local children’s charities.
“The main thing is restoring those kids’ lives and making sure they know they’re not cast out,” Cody explains. “In this community, we’re going to accept them and do what we can to help them out.”
The Car and Motorcycle Show takes place August 20th, from 10 A.M. until 3 P.M. For more information on the Hill Country Rally for Kids, visit www.hcrally.com.