|Messenger photo by Dianne Garrett|
|Mike Huffman, owner of AirQuest, and daughter, Morgan Burton, office manager, pose with a photo of Mike’s father, Toy Huffman. The July 19 cruise-in during the company’s grand opening will benefit the Reynoldsburg-Whitehall Relay for Life/American Cancer Society. The elder Huffman succumbed to cancer in 2006, and the event will be in his honor.|
AirQuest is not just a new heating and cooling company in Whitehall. Owner Mike Huffman and his office manager, Morgan Burton, who also is his daughter, want to be good community partners.
On July 19, they will celebrate their grand opening by hosting a charity cruise-in for cars, motorcycles and police cruisers. All proceeds will benefit the Reynoldsburg-Whitehall Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society.
Burton has been actively involved with the cancer society for six years. Her service to the organization began in high school, but it soon became more personal.
In January 2006, her grandfather, Toy Huffman, was diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer and died that July.
Burton said her grandfather loved the outdoors and collecting cars. After he retired from AT&T, he spent more time showing his six vintage cars.
"That is why we decided to do a cruise-in. My grandpa loved car shows, so this seemed to be an appropriate event," she said.
Burton described her grandfather as an extremely family-oriented man who enjoyed family cookouts. He and his wife, Wilma, raised four children in Pickerington, where Wilma still resides.
"He was a very loving man who always listened and had good advice," Burton said. She added that the cruise-in will be an annual event.
Before moving AirQuest to Whitehall, Huffman owned Your Heating and Cooling Services in Pickerington for over 10 years. AirQuest is located at 190 S. Hamilton Road.
Registration for the cruise-in will begin at 9 a.m. The show will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mayor John Wolfe will preside at a ribbon-cutting at 3 and help to award trophies at 3:30. Other activities will include raffles and a 50/50 drawing. King Gyros will sell food and donate proceeds to the American Cancer Society.
Anyone who needs more information or who would like to donate prizes may contact Burton at 866-2665.