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Mustang Club raises funds for charitable organizations

Dave Williams • Oct 14, 2019 at 4:30 PM

The First Tennessee Regional Group Mustang Club was founded in 1976 as the first chartered Mustang Club of America Regional Club. The club serves Mustang enthusiasts in East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina and beyond.

It has been active in promoting the appreciation of the Ford Mustang, America’s favorite pony car, for the past 43 years.

The club has held Mustang Club of America regional and national shows dating back to its earliest days. All six generations of the Ford Mustang from its introduction in April 1964 to 2019 models are represented in club membership.

Current membership continues to grow as teens through senior citizens participate in club activities, such as shows, cruise-ins, and monthly meetings. The club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, except November and December.

Currently, the club meets at Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburger in Johnson City on State of Franklin Road, as well as Pratt’s BBQ on Stone Drive in Kingsport.

In order to meet our members’ needs and to drive recruitment, the club also meets in various other cities and towns for regular meetings and officers’ meetings. We have a new relationship with Friendship Ford in Bristol and plan to start holding some meetings there.

Under the leadership this year of President Joe Pearce and Secretary Sheri Pearce, the club has held monthly car shows and events to has raise substantial funds for various local charities, including The Children’s Miracle Network, Jericho Temple Shriners, Coalition for Kids, Alzheimer’s Association, Isaiah 117 House, Appalachian Tales Rescue, Kids Like Us Community Learning Center, and American Patriots and Pastimes.

In all, more than $9,000 has been raised for these charitable organizations this year.

And the club isn’t done yet. There’s an Oct. 26 event with March of Dimes coming up soon. Find out more about it on the club’s Facebook page.

People participating in the shows come from the Tri-Cities region, as well as from Knoxville, Pigeon Forge and Nashville, Tennessee; Asheville, North Carolina; and Abingdon, Gate City and other areas of Virginia. Attendees come from as far away as Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, and even New Jersey.

To learn more about The First Tennessee Regional Group Mustang Club, contact Joe or Sheri Pearce at (423) 896-7240. Find them online at ftnrmc.net or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ftnrmc/.

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