Shine receives award from Armed Forces Foundation

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Armed Forces Foundation gave Toby Shine and the Okoboji Classic Car staff an award for their contributions.

"More than 2,500 hours of work went into restoring the vehicle," Shine said. "We feel it is our honor to be able to support our men and woman in the Armed Forces, and our family business has done that for over a century. We are proud that the proceeds from this effort will go to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation."

Colleen M. Lemkuil, Regent Ladies of the Lake, met with officials at the Classic Car Museum.

"Let's have our local community honor Toby Shine for the efforts he has done," she said. "The Daughters of the American Revolution, whose motto is God, home and county said there is a NSDAR Community Service Award (CSA) that we can give to outstanding volunteers in our Community."

Lemkuil applied to the Iowa Chairperson for this Committee. Dorothy Crooks approved it. She knows Toby Shine and she knows antique cars and knows about the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. She had heard that Toby Shine had done this and encouraged Mrs. Lemkuil to apply.

These funds will go to assist veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Toby Shine contributed a restored Dodge M37 three-quarter ton pickup truck. The auction was broadcasted over Fox Sports. Shine is President of Okoboji Classic Cars and was pleased that 100 percent of the proceeds went to help veterans and their families. Shine was joined by his wife Sylvia and other family members and they were very pleased with the donations his truck, a plane and gifts from the audience generated. The truck came from a field in Fostoria.

"We bought it and did a complete frame-off restoration," Shine said. "Every nut and bolt was taken out of it and put back together."

Shine has a great staff to work with him at the Okoboji Classic Car museum. He got the truck in June 2013 and had it ready for the auction in January.

The Ladies of the Lake chapter has contacted the Legion and the Veterans Groups to assist in thanking Toby Shine. The Governor of Iowa Terry Branstad and the Lt. Gov. Reynolds will be in the area and assist at the presentation Sunday, Aug. 24. They will tour the museum at 12:30 p.m. and then join in the ceremony and congratulate Toby Shine, a long-time friend of the governor and make remarks how Mr. Shine assists with economic development in this area.

Parking will be available west of the museum. Join in the ceremony and then tour the facility. Tours run from 12 to 4 p.m. that day. The cost is $10 to tour the museum and you will receive a coupon for the museum shop.

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