Raising his glass of red wine high in the air, Wayne Patterson toasted a restaurant full of some 100 volunteers and thanked each of them for making Cruise-In 2015 a success.
Keeping with tradition, the Langley Good Times Cruise-In committee holds a thank you dinner for all its volunteers within a few weeks of the annual charity car show.
This year’s event was held at Adrian’s at the Airport on Wednesday night.
“I want to thank the individual groups that make the Cruise-In happen, because it is truly a puzzle putting this event together, and these groups make up the puzzle,” Patterson said.
Specifically, he expressed gratitude to the many sponsors that “donate time and money to put this event on.”
Patterson also thanked the rest of the organizing committee.
But he dedicated much of his time on the mic to spotlighting all of the individuals who made up the different subcommittees, including those who helped with parking, staging, registration, marketplace, souvenirs, sponsorhip, food, barricades, the concourse, and participating car clubs.
In addition, he expressed appreciation to the staff of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, noting they’ve been integral to the car show administration.
“They help out with every part of the Cruise-In,” Patterson explained.
“Without all these personnel, we could not put on this great event and I raise my glass and toast you all for a great job in 2015 and look forward to a great 2016,” he said.
This year’s Cruise-In, he predicted, attracted between 115,000 and 125,000 spectators, and included 1,148 registered cards – up from 1,066 cars registered in 2014.
“The thing that stuck out was that after the awards ceremony [on show day], the cars did not dissipate quickly like previous years, It’s like people did not want the show to end,” Patterson said, commending everyone for the role they played in another “fantastic” event.
What makes it a charity event
Cruise-In is a charity car show that benefits a variety of organizations in the community. Most of the funds will be distributed to the Cruise-In charities of choice: Langley Community Support Service, Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association, Langley Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, PuCKS, Boys & Girls Club, Douglas Park Elementary Association, and Legacy Water Search.
After all the financials are wrapped up in the next few weeks, he said all proceeds from the event will likely be distributed to the recipient charities early next month.
“Unofficial money results show we will be up year over year by a couple thousand dollars to give back,” this year, Patterson concluded.
While not devulging specifics, he said a lot of efforts are already in the works to enhance on the Saturday car show, the Sunday swap meet, and looking for ideas for a new event to be held on the Friday night.
“Lastly we keep improving on this event every year to keep it fresh and attract the cars and people,” Patterson said, inviting people to reach out with ideas through the Cruise-In website: langleycruise-in.com.