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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Local Car Club Holds Event for Charity

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

20-year-old Eddy Ksiazka has always had a love for cars. After joining the army and leaving his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, he is now the founder and president of a Killeen car club dubbed Strictly United. Now, he’s doing more than serving as an armored crewman in the military—he’s also doing work in the community to try and help those in need.

Last Saturday, May 27, Strictly United held their first meet-and-greet event in order to raise donations for charity. The event began at noon and took place at Condor Park, 803 Condor Street in Killeen. The group, which consists of over 20 people, asked citizens to bring non-perishable goods as well as spend time together as a group.

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President and Founder of car club Strictly United, Eddy Ksiazka, poses in front of his 2012 Hyundai Veloster during one of the group get-togethers.

“I entered the car scene about six months ago, when I was told about the need for charity work in the community,” says Ksiazka, “I started up my own crew and we quickly became a respected group in the area. My goal is to make as much of a difference as possible, starting here in Killeen. I’m hoping to get enough support to help out multiple charities around the nation.”

“We’re more than a car club.” Said Strictly United member Austin Bautista. “Eddy started this to bring people together to make a difference. We wanted to invite people out here today to meet us and to help those in need by donating non-perishable goods. We want to bring more positivity to the area—this club is like family, and family is always there for each other.”

Ksiazka went on to say he started Strictly United to let the community know that those involved with car clubs have more than just a love for their cars, they have passion and the desire to help. “We want to donate to homeless shelters primarily,” he said, “but as we continue to grow and get more support I’m thinking we’ll branch out to multiple charities.”

Members of Strictly United spread the word about their Saturday event through social media, though there are plans in the future to network in other ways. Ksiazka said that with the planning they did in such short time still yielded a decent turnout from the community. “This was our first time doing anything like this, so it’s all in the experimental stage and I know we’ll continue to do better in the coming months. We’re in the process of getting a better location and posting the word out earlier so more people can make it out.”

Strictly United plans to hold their next charity event on Saturday, June 17. The club plans to do a charity for the Boys & Girls club at one of their facilities, though this has not been confirmed. Ksiazka says that despite people who have asked to join Strictly United, they dominantly recruit members instead. Those interested in learning about Strictly United, or for further information about the car club and their upcoming events can be found on their official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/StrictlyUnitedCF.

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