Milton resident Colin Lukas lost his life last August in a car accident as he drove to work on I-90. He was 23. In the wake of the tragedy, his mother, Dawn Main, also a Milton resident, said people gave money to help pay for funeral expenses. Instead, she said, she thought to use the money to do something special in Colin's name: Colin was a fan of his Red Wing work boots. Dawn used the money to begin the Colin Lukas Memorial Foundation, the purpose of which is to provide scholarships to graduating Milton High School and MECAS (Milton, Edgerton, Clinton Alternative School) students planning to pursue work in the trades. Trades people need good work boots, Dawn said. Scholarship money provided through the foundation is used to buy work boots for selected scholarship applicants. This year, the foundation supplied a pair of boots to six 2020 graduates, which, Dawn said, was the full number of those who applied. Fundraising efforts are underway with a goal to provide at least 10 scholarships to buy boots for next year's applicants.
On Sunday, Aug. 30, the first annual Colin Lukas Memorial Truck Show, a fundraiser for the foundation, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 9420 Berg Road, Evansville. Recently, the Milton Courier met with the family and friends of Colin and was given a preview of trucks, trophies and prizes that will be available at the show. A full story will be forthcoming. Following are photos from the truck and car show preview.