A pink 1970 Dodge Challenger sits in front of The Diner in Sevierville Sunday afternoon.
That eye-catching pink painted vehicle was a favorite of Courteney Kaliszewski, one of the two victims from the September 16 church van crash.
"Courteney loved by car, my '70 challenger," said Ted Farmer, a friend of the Kaliszewski family. "...and she loved riding in my car."
The 16-year-old Seymour High School student had a fascination for classic cars, friends said.
"She was sort of a tomboy wasn't she?" Farmer asked family friend Fran Flotard. "She was a big tomboy," Flotard responded.
That pink Challenger was one of the nearly 100 vehicles at a Sunday car show, organized by various car clubs, to help with her family's expenses.
"She'd want to be in every car and drive it. She would be thrilled," Flotard added.
Total strangers came out to the benefit, not knowing Kaliszewski personally, but still wanting to help.
"Makes us feel good to do this, as a car club, and help out any way we can," said John Power, a classic car collector.
Many people at the show did not know about Courteney's family's troubles. Courteney's mom, Nancy, has an intestinal disorder, event organizers said. The stress of losing a daughter while battling the illness has taken its toll.
"She was in the hospital when the accident happened. She got out the day after her daughter was put to rest and there are going to be medical bills for her when her dad was off," said June Howerton, the car show's organizer.
More than $1,500 were donated through car registrations and donations. Friends call the gesture "moving."
"Think about it -- if something happened to a child... you'd want people to help you," Flotard added.