Grand Island, Neb. -- For the past 14 years, the Grand Island Veterans Home has been hosting a car and bike show. The proceeds go to the "Staff for Santa" fund so members can have gifts in December.
Organizers say 136 cars and motorcycles pulled into the Veterans Home Sunday in order to raise money for a holiday that is 3 months away.
"Personally my members are my family, and I've had family members that have lived out here and Christmas is important to them and the money that we collect today goes to buying Christmas presents for our members at Christmas time," said Linda Lewis, the Admissions and Unit Clerk at the Veterans Home.
With all the controversy over the Veterans Home this summer, one car was brought in as a way to fight the move.
"It's another petition for anyone to sign it to keep the Grand Island's Veteran's Home here in Grand Island," said John Huebner who submitted the "Petition" car.
Huebner also created the orange "Save the Vets Home" T-shirts that were all over the Veterans Home lawn Sunday.
With hundreds of signatures on the car, Huebner said it isn't important if he wins.
He said, "It would be icing on the cake if I do."
Voting for the cars and motorcycles was done based on audience ballots.
The 1st place motorcycle was a 2013 Harley Davidson Road Glide owned by Jerry Wilson.
"I take pride in all of my vehicles and especially my motorcycle so I put a lot of time and done a lot of special things to this motorcycle to make it what it is from buying it right off the showroom floor," said Wilson.
Julie Burkhardt came in 2nd place for the motorcycles, with Patrick Soraham finishing in 3rd. The People's Choice in the motorcycle category was won by Asylum Cycle and was accepted by Paul Mader.
Despite winning not being the most important aspect of the show, John Huebner's 1987 Ford GT Escort did come in 1st place.
"I just feel fantastic about it and I appreciate everyone's effort in trying to keep the home in Grand Island," said Huebner.
The 2nd place car was owned by Jim and Lucille Barker, and Mick and Sandy Fowler took home 3rd. The People's Choice car was won by Harlan Klein.
The true winners were all the veterans, as several thousand dollars were raised through entry fees, concessions, and donations.