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Community cruises, rallies against Juvenile Diabetes

By Sarah Negrete
La Habra Journal

Hundreds of people came out to support the “Cruisin for a Cause” car show last Sunday, to raise and donate funds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This 4th annual car show was hosted and organized by La Habra’s Collins Trim Shop as well as the newly found group, Love For a Cure, whose mission is to bring local awareness of Type 1 Diabetes, as well as striving to find its cure.

Cruisn_1Held in the large parking lot of Sonora High School, over 10 clothing and food vendors and many classic cars and trucks sat on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There were live performing bands entertaining the crowds, raffle tickets sold for $5 each or $20 for five tickets to win prizes donated by Love For a Cure.

All registered car owners at the “Cruisin for a Cause” car show donated $25 and received lunch, a chance to be judged in over 30 award winning categories and many other smaller prizes like trophies, plaques, shirts and goody bags.

Roy Redman and his 1966 Mustang received the “Host Favorite” award. Redman enjoyed the car show, and was glad to be part of a good cause.

“This was my first car show ever,” Redman explained. “I am pretty pleased with how the car show was put together, and I’m glad I contributed to the fight for the cure of diabetes. Unfortunately my wife’s cousin passed from living with Diabetes, so knowing I participated in an event like this is great.”

Event host Liz Steves was pleased with the outcome of the car show and appreciated all the familiar and unfamiliar faces in the crowds.

Cruisn_3“Although the car show was slightly smaller this year than it was last year, we had over 30 new participants who fully embraced our efforts to find a cure and bring awareness to Type 1 Diabetes,” Steves said. “We raised about $4,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and hope to raise even more funds next year at the next car show supporting this cause.”

Collins Trim Shop will host another car show supporting Sonora and La Habra High Schools’ Future Farmers of America and will hold a large auctions for animals and prizes on June 8.

Cruisn_4For more information and how to get involved in the fight for a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, visit loveforacure.org. For future events organized by Collins Trim Shop in the La Habra community, visit collinstrimshop.com.

Started in 1995, the La Habra Journal is an independent community news source serving the cities of La Habra and La Habra Heights.