Cummins Cultivates Annual Car Show for Love Chapel

Cummins Cultivates Annual Car Show for Love Chapel

Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

COLUMBUS, INDIANA (June 8, 2018) – Cummins Engine Company holds itself up to high standards when it comes to helping its employees and their communities. They plan many activities such as their recent 2018 CEP Day of Caring as well as multiple smaller activities throughout the year. Past and present employees are always encouraged to participate in these phenomenal activities, and surrounding businesses even often get involved. A recent more grandiose event put together by a number of Cummins’ most hard-working volunteers is the annual car show held to raise money for Love Chapel.

Love Chapel is an outreach program serving all of Indiana’s Bartholomew County. An army of beautiful people plan stealthily for the day each year. Their goal is to run a smooth event while minimizing costs and maximizing profits in order to give Love Chapel the proceeds that it so desperately needs and deserves. Each year Cummins’ Annual Car Show grows, and it just keeps getting better.

The show was staged right on the front porch of the worldwide corporation’s main branch in Southern Indiana. Cummins Engine Plant, or Plant 1 as it is lovingly refered to locally, houses assembly and machining lines for multiple Cummins products in the architecturally stunning town of Columbus. Although it was business as usual inside that day the magnanimous company was not afraid to open its front doors to guests as the sun beat down steadily on attendees. Multiple employees with hearts of gold braved the heat all day continually, however, to ensure guests were comfortable and a wonderful time was had by all.


The event was open publicly and one of the biggest since its beginning over a decade ago, so the volunteers had their work cut out for them. Some sold snacks and some directed the sensational vehicle’s to their respective spots, but possibly the hardest task was had by the lunch duty crew. Somehow they all managed to serve with a smile, however, despite the line made rabid by the smell of grilling meat that stretched seemingly multiple city blocks.


The fresh grilled picnic lunch soon came to an end, and each and every Car Show attendee and participant were all smiles a mile wide. They carried their full grins and full bellies back toward the magnificent muscle car laden lot to gaze at the vivacious vehicles just a bit more before the end grew near. The days events came to a close all too soon for volunteers and vehicle lovers alike.


In just the blink of an eye that vast expanse decked to the nines and filled with award-winning automobiles was once again the same old CEP parking lot as per usual. For Cummins and its employees it might have just seemed like another day on the job, but for the event attendees and beautiful humans at Love Chapel it was an awe-inspiring act of love and one more step towards making the world a better place.

All proceeds from the Annual Car Show are donated to Love Chapel

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Melodie Yvonne Ramey grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Melodie says, “I couldn’t tell you the name brand of my first camera offhand, but I can tell you it was a Tweety Bird camera. It’s a brilliant bright blue with Tweety Bird from Bugs Bunny perched on it. I still have it. I’m just not sure if it was the photos themselves that got me hooked or that brilliant lil yellow bird.”

Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos. Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to amazing musicians like Shannon Hoon, Beastie Boys, Maynard James Keenan, Zack de la Rocha, Tori Amos, and classics like Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Elvis, Johnny Cash and the like inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of those amazing shows that she dreamt of as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin. Later in life as Melodie learned more about the arts inspiration came from a number of other legendary artists, visual and literary, like Annie Leibovitz, William Moortensen, John Sexton, Erik Johansson, Helmut Newton, Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman, and HR Giger.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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