2015 Kars4Kids Car, Truck and Bike Show

3rd Annual–Kars4Kids Car, Truck and Bike Show 

This great family event was help on June 5, 2015.  It was originally scheduled for May 23 but because of heavy flooding rains the event was postponed.  Our event Director was Rudy Rodriguez and Matthew Hite.  DJ Mike Megamix (Michael Potter) made his first appearance as the AAYC’s official DJ.  We had quite a few great vendors and a lot of local support at the event.  There were two other local car shows on the same day and a major Car Show in Albuquerque, NM as well but our event was a lot of fun and raise funds for the Amarillo Activity Youth Center.

Also we joined forces with Coffee Memorial Blood Center and did a blood drive at the event were 19 people presented themselves to donate blood.  It’s great to reach out and work with other great non-profits in Amarillo and to help SAVE a life with the gift of blood.

Click these links for more info

Ch4 Coverage myhighplains.com

Pictures from the event

Pictures of the Event from Amarillo Globe News 

You Tube Recap Video

The 2016 Kars4Kids Event will be on June 11, 2016.  Mark your calendars now!

2015 Kars4kids Car, bike and truck Show

2015 Kars4kids Car, bike and truck Show

AAYC Kars4kids Car Show

2015 Kars4Kids Car, truck and Bike Show, hosted by the AAYC. Picture by Matt Hite

2015 Kars4Kiids Car, Truck and Bike Show

2015 Kars4Kids Car, truck and Bike Show, hosted by the AAYC. Picture by Matt Hite

Having fun and making a difference at the AAYC

Volunteering at the AAYC

My time volunteering at the AAYC was great, and I can’t wait until this year. My step-bother was the one who told me about being able to volunteer there for Mayhem haunted house they put on. I started helping putting up the walls and decorating the haunt and helping out when I can. I met a lot of new people and made tons of friends (sorry for the cliche but it’s true). My character at the haunt was a clown, and instead of playing typical “come play with me!” I sang. I’d hide, or stand there depending on the night then follow them closely singing Ring Around the Rosie really softly. It wouldn’t be the jump scare but I like working more on true fear, that uncomfortable feeling of being watched or just enough to make the person have chills and get a rush. My costume wasn’t the best, it was a costume I got from the store then just put rips and splattered some colors on it. My make up was simple, yet unique from a lot of the others, I had to blue X’s over my eyes, with black on my eye lids, and a big red smile to top it all off.


The haunt itself went great, as for my home life during the time though was another story. My mom had cancer that had grown too big to control. The Mayhem was somewhere I could go to clear my mind every night and hang out with friends. My mom ended up passing away at the beginning of the season, I kept going because it was somewhere I could go to escape the tragedies of my life at the time and be somewhere with smiling faces (both painted on and on their real faces) and a warm hugs of people who I could sincerely call a family. I can’t wait for this year.


I’ve been doing my research (basically sitting in a chair and watching horror films for hours during my summer) and have some new ways I can really get a good scare this year. My character plan for this year is a huge twist from last year, pretty much the only thing that’ll be the same is my make up. It’s a surprise for what I will be this year, but be sure to look for the clown with the blue X’s, and be ready to be scared. Center City Mayhem is a completely volunteer based thing but I still treat it as a job, because it’s something I love to do. It’s such an experience.
John RichWritten by John Rich johnrich398@gmail.com, Youth Volunteer at the AAYC

For more information about our haunted house, Center City Mayhem, please Check these out:

Also check out the AAYC

Center City Mayhem


Center City Mayhem is a professional level haunted house that is also the primary fundraiser for the Amarillo Activity Youth Center.  Each year around 5,000 people from around Amarillo come out to get their socks scared off of them.  The Haunted house opens every year in October on Fri and Sat nights from 7:00-midnight.

The official web-site for Center City Mayhem is www.fearamarillo.com and the contact phone is 806-373-2292.  For online discounts everyone can follow the Mayhem Facebook instagram @fearamarillo and the AAYC instagram @amarilloyouth.  Also we have coupons up in all the Toot ‘n Totum stores and throughout the city of Amarillo.

Our History

Since 2007 the AAYC has been involved in the Haunted Business.  We started out slow with a small set-up hiring/sub-leasing, owning no props or equipment at all  but now (since 2009)  have expanded to be one of the major haunted houses in the area.  We have purchased two complete haunted houses and spent thousands and thousands of dollars accumulating the best props we can.  Our youth, staff and supporters build most of our props.  Since 2007 we have been scaring people, and raising funds for our youth center.

Our Staff

The Mayhem staff is ran by the youth, parents and families that make up the Amarillo Activity Youth Center.  Under the direction of Matthew Hite, AAYC Executive Director, this fundraiser keeps our youth center up and running and is our primary fundraiser.

The youth at the AAYC take on the project each year.  It’s a learning process for them.  We teach them how to frame walls, use basic tools,  paint, square, design sets, act, make costumes, sound, lighting effects and much more.  The haunted house is born out of the ideas of the youth at the center.

We take safety of our youth and those going through our haunted house VERY serious.  All the leaders of the center and of our haunted house go through an application process and a background check each year.

We do allow new people into the process each year.  If you are interested in Scaring people  and helping a great non-profit shoot us an e-mail:  volunteers@amarilloyouth.net

For profit?

It’s important to understand that Center City Mayhem is NOT about lining anyone’s pockets with money.  All the funds raised go to support the youth of Amarillo through the center. The AAYC’s website is www.amarilloyouth.org if you’d like more info about the AAYC, or please take a few minutes to read our other blog post!


The haunted house at the AAYC has always been part of a great group of people who work together to help make all the haunted house in Amarillo great.  This group is known as Amarillohaunts.  If your trying to find out which Haunted Houses to go to this season, check out the Official Haunted house map and info on the website. www.amarillohaunts.com


The entire city of Amarillo has been very supportive of our haunted house and we look forward to the continued support!

Kars 4 Kids!

The Kars 4 Kids Car Show was a great success, and we would like to thank everyone who came out and supported us. We raised a lot of money that is going to help build up the AAYC and create a better environment for kids to grow and learn.

Special Thanks to Jacob Morin for his awesome artwork. Check him out here at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aiOCfIhM-M

Special Thanks to Jacob Morin for his awesome artwork. Check him out here at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aiOCfIhM-Mmoney that is going to help build up the AAYC and make it a better place place for kids to grow and learn.

What really made the Car Show great was the effort our volunteers put in. Current and former kids who have been a part of the AAYC came out and did their part to ensure that the show went smoothly and that everyone had a good time. From hosting fun activities to presiding over the Silent Auction, our volunteers really made the event the success that it was.

So, for any of y’all reading. we want to give a huge thanks for all of the great work you did.

Thank you for your time and your effort.

Thank you for your patience and great attitude.

Thank you for making us a stronger organization.


Kars 4 Kids Car and Truck Show June 8th

The AAYC is doing its first Annual Kars for Kids Car and Truck show this coming weekend on June 8th.  We are inviting EVERYONE to come out for FREE to see all the GREAT Cars and TRUCKS in Amarillo.

We will have activities for the entire family, games, safety instruction, cars, trucks, bikes, food, fun and much more.  You dont want to miss out on this one.   We will also have event T-shirts on sale for $10 each while supplies last!

If you have a car to register its not too late.  Register your car today to win great prizes.  Only $25 for your first can and $20 for each car after that!  Please call 373-2292 if you have questions or visit the web-site listed below.

The event will be just outside the AAYC at 816 S Van Buren. It starts  at 10:00 and awards are at 3:00.  We look forward to seeing all of Amarillo’s support at this event!

Want more info about our car show?  Check us out on-line at www.amarilloyouth.net/carshow


Kars4kidsThis post writting by the Kars4Kids Car Show Committee carshow@amarilloyouth.net

AAYC in the News Tonight

AAYC begins reaching out to the community for funding.

We are in the process of raising funds to help remodel and upgrade the AAYC (Amarillo Activity Youth Center)  We look forward to working with the community to make this youth center the BEST it can be.

Channel 10 interview

Check out this video where New Channel 10 reporter Jessica Abuchaibe interviews a few from the AAYC.  In this interview,  Griz Lara (Parent), Ray Villalon (new member) and Matthew Hite (Executive Director) all from Amarillo, TX

Link to video here:   http://www.newschannel10.com/story/22473461/keeping-more-area-children-off-streets