Cruzin’ for Cauze to aid women’s shelter

SALEM – Vehicle enthusiasts can go Cruzin’ for a Cauze from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Cigarette World parking lot on Cunningham Road, all to help shelter victims of domestic violence.

This will be the third year the business has raised funds for the Christina House battered women’s shelter and the second consecutive year for the car show, which was held on Father’s Day last year, the week before the Salem Super Cruise.

“I can’t say enough about this cause and I can’t say enough about the public and the way they support the cause,” store manager Jackie Spencer said.

This year’s fundraising effort began several months ago with the selling of tickets for raffle baskets and so far store personnel have raffled off 15 theme baskets, with 18 to 20 more baskets up for grabs the day of the cruise along with a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5.

The registration fee for vehicles will be $5, with dash plaques provided to the first 50 registered vehicles and trophies awarded for first, second and third place and the Kids’ Choice Award. The cruise will feature car trivia for adults and kids’ trivia, with small prizes given.

D.J. Gene Johnson from the Arby’s Cruise In will play the music. There will also be face painting and the Aut-Mori Grotto Clowns will entertain.

Cigarette World, which is located near Walmart, held its first fundraising raffle in 2011 for Christina House. That first year featured a patio set and they raised $534. In 2012, they decided to go bigger and had several raffles and the car show titled Cruzin’ for a Cauze, raising $1,452.

Spencer wouldn’t say how much they’ve raised so far with the raffles this year, but said they’ll definitely be exceeding previous totals. Some of the basket themes include Hello Kitty, the Steelers, Lunch on the Lawn, Sparkle & Clean, a Keurig coffee pot with mug, a badminton and volleyball set, a Handyman’s special donated by Home Depot, an outdoor ceramic fireball, Think Pink donated by Tonya Needham of Salineville, a $50 gift certificate and T-shirt donated by Hardcore Ink, a $30 gift certificate for a piercing and a T-shirt donated by Hardcore Ink, a patriotic red, white and blue collection and a power wheel donated by Walmart.

“I am overwhelmed by the public’s help in raising this money for the battered women’s shelter,” Spencer said. “We couldn’t have done it without them.”

Representatives of the Christina House will be available at the cruise with informational material.

“It’s a much needed place for the safety of women and children,” Spencer said.

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