Millsboro Cruizers poised to hit six-figure charitable plateau at 2018 car show

 

MILLSBORO — Next summer, the Millsboro Cruizers figure to hit a lofty six-figure milestone.

The club of car enthusiasts with compassionate hearts is approximately $2,000 away from the $100,000 mark in local charitable giving.

Spectators check out cars on display.

“Next year, at our next show we will be over $100,000,” said Cliff Kerr, president of the Millsboro Cruizers prior to the club’s participation in the Millsboro Christmas Parade.

The Cruizers evolved approximately 13 years ago as Big Thursday, Millsboro’s long-running summer event was losing steam and interest. It was eventually was discontinued. Big Thursday featured the car show.

Virgil Elwanger suggested the idea about starting a club. “That’s when we started. We still did it with chamber of commerce,” said club member George Rust.

“We wanted to keep car end of it going,” said Mr. Kerr.

As the Millsboro Cruizers, the club established its car show as its annual grand fundraiser. It was named Big Saturday Car Show. An auction component is the prime fundraising engine.

Jean Hegeman holds an auction item as auctioneer Rodney Wharton entices bidding.

“The big thing is the auction,” said Mr. Kerr. “Sponsors are really what carry us. They are local businesses. They donate items, money, gift certificates.”

Millsboro Cruizer membership is currently at about 30. The vehicles range from pickup trucks to classic street rods.

“It’s a good bunch of people. Everybody jumps into help,” said Mr. Kerr.

The 2017 event was held on a Sunday in August due to inclement weather. From that the club donated $6,350 to local causes, including $2,500 to Delaware Hospice and $2,500 to the Home of the Brave II, the women’s transitional facility for military personnel in Milford.

Boy Scout Troop 89 in Millsboro received $1,000, East Millsboro Elementary School PTO received $200 and $150 went to Toys for Tots.

Next year’s Big Saturday Car Show is on the calendar for Saturday, Aug. 11 on East State Street across from Millsboro Middle School. It will benefit Home of the Brave II, Delaware Hospice and Boy Scouts Troop 89.

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

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