Big fundraising event to be held next June in Mathews

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Sep 26, 2012 - 01:07 PM

Photo: Entrepreneur Mike Casale of Pennsylvania and Mathews is establishing a vintage car museum and gallery in the old Christie Chevrolet building and plans to sponsor a large festival-style car show fundraiser at the site next year. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Entrepreneur Mike Casale of Pennsylvania and Mathews is establishing a vintage car museum and gallery in the old Christie Chevrolet building and plans to sponsor a large festival-style car show fundraiser at the site next year. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Entrepreneur Mike Casale has been successful, and he wants some of that success to rub off on his adopted home of Mathews. On Tuesday, the Mathews Board of Supervisors gave him permission to hold a major fundraising event in June 2013.

A Pennsylvania resident with a second home in Mathews, Casale owns Majic Enterprises, a home design, construction, entertainment and film production conglomerate. He recently purchased the building on Main Street that formerly housed Christie Chevrolet and plans to turn it into a vintage automobile museum and gallery.

Vintage Gallery will function like an art gallery, said Casale, but everything in it will be for sale—automobiles, pedal cars, motor-bicycles, pinball machines, signs, arcade games, artwork and other Americana. He’ll rotate cars from his warehouse in Pennsylvania on a themed basis, displaying muscle cars, or 1930s-era cars, or all British vehicles.

On June 1, 2013, Casales plans to hold a vintage car show for at least 150 cars, complete with celebrity appearances and entertainment by a nationally-known band. His production arm, Greenleaf Productions, will create a film about the event that will be shown on cable television, he said, and 100 percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit local non-profit groups such as the Mathews Volunteer Fire Department. His father, who passed away four months ago, was a New York firefighter, he said, and Casale always seeks to honor him when fundraising.

After purchasing Christie Chevrolet, Casale gutted the building and began landscaping the back lot. He said the structure will retain its original look and feel, with exposed metal rafters, tin roof and brick interior walls.