A “whopping” $63,000 will be hand delivered to several Langley charities thorugh the next few weeks.
Tears can be expected to flow, gratitude expressed, and thankful hugs dished out when directors from the Langley Good Times Cruise-In personally distribute the money, said event president Wayne Patterson.
“Handing out these cheques is the only thanks the board members get, and it fills our hearts, and drives us to do the Cruise-In year over years,” said Patterson, who is wrapping up his first term as president of the annual charity car show.
“The show we put on is great, almost everyone enjoys the Cruise-In, but the biggest joy we get is giving out the cheques,” he said.
“You would not believe the emotion that comes from the charity groups. To some of them, the money they get from the cruise-in is one of the largest single donations they get during the year… for most of us, it is the part of giving back to the wonderful community we live and work in.”
This year’s fundraising tally – while not the largest in the car show’s history – is $2,500 more than the amount raised and distributed after last year’s Cruise-In, Patterson boasted.
In addition to the money raised through sponsorships and merchandise sales at Cruise-In, plus the money donated from In-N-Out Burger sales, the participating service clubs also raised a further $20,000 this year – most of that through food concession sales on the day of the September car show and subsequent automotive swap meet.
Following a recent wrap-up meeting, Patterson credited the Cruise-In board and subcommittees – including many new committee members who came aboard this year with new ideas and energies – for making the annual show successful, again.
New charity invited in
“All comments were positive,” Patterson said. “I’m glad the 2015 Cruise-In is completed. It is a long road, but I also look forward to 2016 and all the fund we have ramping up to Cruise-In.”
One of the goals that came out of the wrap-up meeting was the quest for a new charity that wants to put on a Friday night cruise.
“The Cruise-In does not have the personnel to complete this, but would be happy to help give guidance on this to a charity that would like to take this on,” Patterson said, offering up his email and cell to any group interested in the Friday concept. Contact Wayne Patterson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or cell at 604-250-5998.
Langley Advance files
Langley Good Times Cruise-In president Wayne Patterson is looking for a new charity to get involved with the popular annual car show, by hosting a Friday night cruise.