A good time will be had by all at a car cruise where everyone wins.
Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Lodge No. 175, Cruise Classic IV will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Elk’s parking lot, 330 Teaberry Lane, Geistown.
“Each year gets bigger and better,” said Ray Egnot of Geistown, an Elks member and event chairman. “We started out with 53 cars our first year. Last year we had more than 60. We don’t make any money. One-hundred percent of the proceeds go to cerebral palsy.”
The first 100 cars will receive a free dash plaque, and registration is $5 for the nonjudged cruise.
“We tell people, ‘If you want to brag about your car, today’s your chance,’ ” Egnot said. “Everyone appreciates what everyone has.”
Music will be provided by DJs Denny and Brian Lynch.
Egnot said Denny Lynch has been part of the cruise since day one and helps to plan it.
Picnic-style food will include hot sausages, hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade pierogi, wings and soda.
“This year, we’re adding fresh-cut french fries to the menu,” Egnot said.
“We have a lot of fun. When we go to the state convention at Seven Springs and see those who benefit, it makes all the work worthwhile.”
He and other Elks want to educate the public about what the group is involved in at the cruise.
“We work with those with cerebral palsy, veterans and drug awareness in the schools,” Egnot said. “This year, we’re going to combine that into one and have a salute to veterans and bring our drug-awareness trailer to the cruise.”
Egnot said the idea for the car cruise started in 2008 when he joined the Elks and the organization moved from downtown Johns-town to Geistown.
“We were sitting around talking about old cars and our interest in them,” Egnot said. “I said ‘Let’s turn this into something we can benefit from.’ ”
Egnot said the Elks expect each lodge in the state to raise money for the Cerebral Palsy Home Service Program.
“This is a project by the Elks lodges in Pennsylvania and one of our main fundraisers,” he said. “Each district has 10 lodges, and we have come in first, second and third in different years for the most money made.”
Since 1963, the Pennsylvania Elks Home Service Program has been helping to improve the quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities throughout the state.
The program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Elks Major Projects Inc.
What: Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Lodge No. 175, Cruise Classic IV.
Where: Elk’s parking lot, 330 Teaberry Lane, Geistown.
When: Noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 19.