FORT WALTON BEACH — The Porsche Club of North Florida is among the smallest of the regional chapters of the Porsche Club of America. But whatever it may lack in numbers, the area club more than makes up for with heart.
This year, the Porsche Club of North Florida, comprising approximately 260 aficionados of the iconic sports car, was recognized as the top club among the organization's 144 regional clubs in public service.
According to the Porsche Club of America, the annual Public Service Awards "recognize the regions that have conducted the most outstanding charity or community services event or events during the year." The national club's website goes on to note that award winners "demonstrate the highest standards in meeting the objectives and the ideals of the PCA in providing service and support to charities and the community."
"It's really neat for a very small region to do something like that," said Roy Vaughn, president of the Porsche Club of North Florida. According to Vaughn, some regions have membership numbers in the thousands.
The Porsche Club of North Florida covers the area extending from Madison County in the east to Okaloosa County in the west, and is involved with charitable events across the area. Locally, the club has participated in Christmas toy drives for children at Sacred Heart Health System facilities.
The Porsche Club of North Florida has also raised funds for Second Chance of Northwest Florida, which serves the needs of adults with brain injuries and their families.
Additionally, the club has held "Fill A Frunk" food drives, Vaughn said. "Frunk" is slang for the the "trunks" of Porsches, which are located in the front of the cars, he explained.
Vaughn said credit for the Porsche Club of North Florida's focus on community involvement goes to Bob Wilson, a former president of the club who died in February. This year's award came with a $1,500 prize from the Porsche Club International, money the club will apply to its charitable endeavors, Vaughn said.