Saturday, June 28, 2008

Church holds car-bike show to counter perceptions of Antioch

Hello District "29" Neighbors:

The effort by the Living World Church to promote a positive image of Antioch with their "Car and Bike" show is awesome. check out Mindy's photos.

Come on Down the event will be going on til 5 PM today....



Event at Hickory Hollow Mall will be free to spectators on Saturday
By MARISSA DeCUIR 259-8203 • June 27, 2008

Living Word Community Church wants to rejuvenate Antioch's reputation.
That's why the church is hosting a car and bike show tomorrow, free to spectators, in Hickory Hollow Mall's parking lot.

Lewis BeCoats, elder at Living Word, said he was tired of hearing that Antioch was like "L.A." and was the "'hood."

"We had all this negative connotation about Antioch," BeCoats said. "So we said, let's do a car show to bring everybody together."

Living Word has only been in its new Antioch location, 5380 Hickory Hollow Parkway, for about three months. And those at the church wanted to host the event at a more established place.

BeCoats said he spoke with Nathan Thomas, the mall's marketing director, about working together on the show.

"He said, 'That vision is in line with our vision.' We talked for a second and realized we were in line with each other," BeCoats said.

Thomas said he was eager to help Living Word put on the event. Instead of renting the space to the church, the mall is donating it for free. Thomas said the added mall traffic Hickory Hollow expects to get is quite the bonus.

"Hopefully, we'll use this as a starting point to do more events like this in the future," Thomas said.

The event is meant to promote community and offer a safe environment for
families to enjoy themselves.

"We've had some perception problems in the past. We've done a lot to up security," Thomas said. "This will help even more."

Metro police instituted a curfew in 2006 to require those 18 years and younger to be accompanied by a parent at the mall after 6 p.m. each Friday and Saturday.

Car dealerships, bike shops and other local businesses are sponsoring the
community show. Various vendors will be on site selling food.

Proceeds from sponsorships, vendors and entry fees will go to Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes.

The entry fee for cars, trucks, bikes and SUVs is $20 before the show or $25 the day of. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded.

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