Millsboro Cruizers’ car show fundraiser weathers all challenges

MILLSBORO – Mother Nature turned the Millsboro Cruizers’ 2017 Big Saturday Car Show into a Sunday affair.

Neither the one-day delay, roadblocks and detours for street construction or a nearby 5K could dampen the spirit of the Aug. 13 fundraising event that will benefit Home of the Brave II and Delaware Hospice.

Official entries for the show staged at Millsboro Middle School totaled 103, not counting cars of Cruizers club members, which by show rules were nonjudge-able.

“We had lots and lots of new vehicles. We had some fantastic automobiles this year,” said Millsboro Cruizers president Cliff Kerr. “It made it extremely hard on our judges to pick the Top 50, and of course the first award, Best of Show. That was extremely difficult to choose because we had some fantastic vehicles this year.”

For the record, Best of Show honors went to a 1934 Ford Tudor.

An auction stocked by generosity of the business community added to the charitable pot.

“We had a number of different things donated from local businesses. We just can’t say enough about them. They really stepped up and gave us a fantastic auction,” said Mr. Kerr. “We made out very well. We’re waiting for final figures to come in.  I think we are going to be just fine for our recipients: Home of Brave II for Women and Delaware Hospice.”

Last year’s car show produced a $6,000 donation to Home of the Brave II, a temporary shelter/housing facility for female military veterans in Milford.

“Last year, we decided to support our veterans and from what we understood, Home of Brave II for Women had no federal support. So, we went in that direction,” said Mr. Kerr. “This year, we decided to take on another organization, Delaware Hospice. They are a great organization. They help so many families in a really rough time. We decided we wanted to help them.”

This year’s show featured a couple new twists for fun and enjoyment.

“We had some games this year, which is new for us,” said Mr. Kerr. “We had a fan belt toss and a water balloon toss. Different things for people to enjoy while they were at the show.”

The Cruizers also are grateful for the understanding support of the Millsboro Police Department, which helped immensely in ushering car show arrivals while policing the course in the name of safety for participants in a 5K event.

“The Millsboro Police Department was just fantastic,” Mr. Kerr said. “As the runners were going by, once it was clear they let cars in. I have got to give the police department a whole lot of credit. They did a great job for us.”

Millsboro Cruizers formed in 2004, as popularity of the town’s long-running Big Thursday celebration began fade.

“The Cruisers wanted to keep everything going. We want to do charities and local things. We decided that was our mission,” said Mr. Kerr.

Over the years, the club’s charitable arm has benefited various scouting organizations, Boys & Girls Clubs, senior centers, the arts, scholarships, needy families, veterans and schools and education.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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