Teen organizes car show for charity

Show raises money for UW scholarships

A Janesville teenager has put together an ambitious project in hopes of becoming an Eagle Scout.

Travis Sommerfeldt brought together many organizations for a car show and silent auction that will benefit his entire community.

“This fundraiser here was Travis’s idea,” said his dad Mark Sommerfeldt. “He wanted to do a car show. I said, ‘Fantastic.’ I’m into cars and I work on them all the time, so I said, ‘That’s a great idea, let’s see who we can get to work with us.'”

The money from the car show and silent auction held at UW’s Rock County campus will provide scholarships for Janesville-area students to attend the school.

“It gives other people a chance to save a little bit of money, so they aren’t paying so much money,” said Travis.

“It’s so exciting for a youth in the area looking for an opportunity to help his community do better things,” said Cindy Zaharias, the executive director of the UW Rock County Foundation. “So we were excited to partner with him.”


From classic muscle cars to tricked-out roadsters, the car show had a little something for everyone, including a bit of a history lesson.

“We’ve seen all of this, us people in our 50s, 60s and 70s,” said attendee Marcia Bubrick. “Kids love old cars. I love old cars. I think this is wonderful. Kids nowadays don’t know what it’s like to have all of these old cars.”

Travis’s dad said he’s proud of what his son has accomplished.

“I’m happy that he picked out he wanted to do a car show,” said Mark Sommerfeldt. “And the amount of time and effort he’s put into the show has been fantastic. I’ve had to kick him in the butt a couple of times, but he’s been sticking with it and stuck through it the whole way through.”

Anyone who wants to contribute to Travis’s goal of helping to provide scholarships for potential UW Rock County students should go to www.rock.uwc.edu/foundation.