IMPERIAL – Thousands of people visited the “Cruzzin Under the Sea Level III” Car Show on Saturday to help raise thousands of dollars for good local causes as the Desert Cruisers Car Club of Imperial Valley held their third annual car show.
“We have a lot of fun doing this thing for the people in the community and to support the charities we support,” Desert Cruisers founder Ralph Vargas said. “They enjoy doing it, and everyone comes out in support.”
Proceeds primarily went to American Cancer Society as well as to other nonprofits such as the Imperial High School cheerleaders. Desert Cruiser raised more than $2,600 last year for the American Cancer Society.
Other community agencies such as California Highway Patrol and Imperial County Fire Department provided assistance with the event’s cooking.
Roughly 70 cars or bikes were shown, down substantially from years past due to gas prices rising, Vargas explained.
However, the quality of cars didn’t go down with shiny gems such as a 1929 blue Ford Model A, a black with red stripes 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass and even a Smurf-filled blue and white 1963 Chevrolet Impala on display Saturday.
The cars on display competed in 20 different categories.
Desert Cruisers Co-Founder Alicia Medina said the event is a fun to way to help a serious cause.
“We lost another friend last week and need to keep fighting (cancer),” she told the crowd.
She added that while it takes a lot of work to put on the event, it’s all worth it in the end when you get friends and family together while helping others.
Approximately 150 different prizes including a custom-made bicycle with a side car carrying a mini-grill and cooler of beer were raffled off to the excited crowd.
Roger and Elizabeth Pollard took the glory of winning the Wild West-themed costume contest as they two-stepped a bit while drawing their toy guns in front of the crowd.
“We come every year,” Roger Pollard said. “It’s for the American Cancer Society, helps them raise money, and we just come to have a good time.”
Desert Cruiser members Jason and Norma Cosio of Brawley enjoyed the event while taking home a few prizes Saturday.
“I think it’s fun for the community,” Norma said. “We don’t have a lot of activities in the Valley so when groups put things like this together to enjoy the weather and be outside together, it helps the community.”
“It’s nice to get out and not just go over the mountains,” Jason agreed. “You meet people you met two to three years ago here. You definitely make new friends. It’s a very friendly atmosphere.”
Visit www.desertcruiserscciv.com for more information about the non-profit car club.
Staff Writer Chelcey Adami can be reached at 760-337-3452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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