Shayla Bee cruises West Lake Okoboji

Monday, August 24, 2020
Photos by Seth Boyes

The Shayla Bee Fund typically partners with Okoboji Classic Cars to host the nonprofit's Black Tie Black Leather fundraiser. With large gatherings falling out of style during the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual fundraiser took things outdoors for a cruise around West Lake Okoboji. The Shayla Bee Fund, named for Lindsay Wilson’s daughter Shayla who passed away from a condition called schizencephaly in October 2006, was founded to help responsible, working class families, with a child in medical crisis. The revamped fundraiser was slated to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, but organizers said so many car and other vehicles showed up during registration — 175 to 200 by their count — that the cruise kicked off closer to noon. The group circled Iowa's deepest natural lake clockwise from Okoboji Classic Cars, with some drivers having to play catch-up after arriving for the original start time. The line of Shayla Bee supporters was still backed up through Broadway Street in Arnolds Park as the first few vehicles made one of the final turns out of Arnolds Park Amusement Park.