Shine awarded Certificate of Community Service
At a special event at Okoboji Classic Cars, owner Toby Shine was awarded a Certificate of Community Service by the Ladies of the Lake Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Shine and his crew at Okoboji Classic Cars spent 2,500 hours restoring a 3/4-ton truck used in the Korean and Vietnam wars to donate for auction. The sale of the truck raised $1.1 million for the Armed Forces Foundation, which seeks to "protect and promote the physical, mental and emotional wellness of military service members, veterans and their families," according to the organization's website.
"We're so pleased Toby has given so much to veterans," said Sharon Braden, state regent of the DAR. "The local community here has been generous, and the DAR wanted to say thank you."
"This isn't my award, it belongs to my whole crew," Shine said, accepting the plaque. "It was really a labor of love, and it was a thrill to go out there and sell this thing."
Ann Miller, director of veteran's affairs in Dickinson County, noted 95 cents of every $1 donated to the Armed Forces Foundation is spent in the fulfillment of the foundation's mission. To date, $95 million has been donated to this organization.
"We all feel it's an honor to serve," she said. "Today's service members are exposed to enemies without uniforms, and they need our help. We come from a great country where we are free because of our service men and women and our veterans."
Gov. Terry Branstad was also present at the event, and commented on the local history Shine has preserved with Okoboji Classic Cars.
"Toby had a vision of building this, but I don't think he realized the tourist place it would become," Branstad said. "It is growing, and it will continue to grow. It's truly amazing, a really special place."
Branstad noted the museum is "another great example of an opportunity to celebrate history and enjoy the beauty of classic cars."
He also commented on Shine's donation to the Armed Forces Foundation.
"As a veteran myself, I am very proud," he said. "Toby's outstanding service to veterans and their families is phenomenal. It shows interest and support, and is a great contribution to the Armed Forces Foundation."