United Rays Christmas Party

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NEW MEMBERS—Rubin Collins, Rudy Dean, Nikki Hancock and Torran King (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

On a cold and snowy night, the United Rays Corvette Club held their last party for 2013. December 14, 2013 at the Three Lakes Golf Course more than 200 guests enjoyed a tasty soul food dinner and a night of fun and dancing. Guests were asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for the United Rays annual toy drive.

The evening was right on the heels of the sign language debacle at the Nelson Mandela memorial. While emcee Ernie Groover spoke a “lively” interpreter did his own brand of signing to the crowd’s delight. Unlike the fiasco in South Africa it was all in fun.

United Rays Corvette Club is the oldest Black car club in the Pittsburgh area and since 1977 they have only had five presidents. Milton Oliver is their current president.

The club’s mission is to keep the members abreast of the evolution of the Corvette.

Several members were honored during the holiday party. Charles Buddy Allie was recognized as a world class athlete. Allie holds numerous world records in sprinting.

Rubin Collins, Rudy Dean, Nikki Hancock and Torran King are first year members. The “Rocky Ford” award went to Tia Harris. The award is named after the late Rocky Ford, one of the founding members of the club.

Harris has won numerous awards and trophies and always represents behind the wheel of her Corvette.  Harold Akins received a competition award, Akins drives a $200,000 Calloway. You just may get to see it on display this summer.

In July of this year United Rays will host the United Council of Corvette Clubs national convention. Twenty-one clubs will converge in Pittsburgh for a week dedicated to the all American sports car.

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