For car buffs, the purpose of the Langley Good Times Cruise-In is to see as many vintage, modified, and generally cool cars as possible, while showing off their own rides.
But for organizers, the point is to give back to the community, said Eric Taylor, president of the Cruise-In committee.
During its 15 years up to 2012, the Cruise-In has generated almost $1 million for local charities.
"This is the only reason we do the show," said Taylor.
Each year, the volunteer board of directors picks local groups and will divide up the proceeds of the event among them.
This year it's Langley Community Support Services, the Langley Memorial Hospital
Auxiliary, Valley Therapeutic Riding Association, and the PuCKS Program.
Typically there have been three groups as main beneficiaries of the Cruise-In's donations.
"We decided that we're going to up the ante," said Taylor.
Seeing the work the charities do is heartwarming, said Taylor, and each director has a favourite among those chosen.
The newest charity, PuCKS, is familiar to Taylor as his own kids have played hockey in Langley. PuCKS is a program that helps kids who can't afford organized sports a chance to take part, and it has expanded over the years into keeping kids in school. It offers a literacy and homework help program and mentorship from university students.
Other charities and non-profits Cruise-In volunters to help make event a success.
A Scout group and sometimes school groups help out at one or more of the barricades around the closed streets, said Taylor. The Salvation Army's Gateway of Hope will also be collecting donations around the central area of Langley City this year.
The local shelter run by the Army will benefit from half of everything collected, while the remainder of the money will go towards the Cruise-In's selected charities.
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