The 15th Langley Good Times Cruise-In was a success, and in large part it's due to the room of people who gathered at Adrian's At the Airport last week.
They were the volunteers, close to 100 of the men and women, who gave of their time at the annual charity car show - most of them "repeat offenders," said out-going president Riccardo Sestito.
"We appreciate what you do," he told the crowd, which Sestito noted only represented about half of the overall volunteer squadron involved in the 2012 Cruise-In.
He described the annual thank-you dinner, complete with a wealth of door prizes, as a small form of appreciation for all the help.
Especially given the sweltering heat at this year's Cruise-In, Sestito commended everyone for their roles, whether it was on site setup or teardown, registration, barricade monitoring, souvenir sales, or any of a number of other duties.
It won't be known for a while yet how much money was raised by this year's car show. But as in the organization's past, all proceeds from the event go back to local charities, a majority of the funds being split between the Cruise-In's three charities of choice: Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association, Langley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and Langley Stroke Recovery.
Through the show's history, Cruise-In has not only grown to become one of the largest car shows of its kind in North America, but it has donated close to $1 million back to community charities.
"There's no way we could do it without you. Without you, we're really nothing," Sestito said, explaining how proud he has been to work alongside the volunteers at Cruise-In for the past dozen years, six at the helm.