Mr. Darby’s to host car show for cancer patient

NORTH LIMA – Mr. Darby’s Antique and Collectible Emporium will host a car show for Debbie Grover this Sunday, Aug. 17.

Grover is from Canfield and is battling stage 4 cervical cancer with ongoing treatment and mounting bills, and the money raised will go for mortgage payments on her residence.

Mr. Darby’s is located at at 11734 South Ave. Ext. in North Lima and the show vehicle entry fee is $5 and there will be door prizes, music and trivia, a 50/50 drawing, Chinese auction, and dash plaques for the first 50 registered vehicles.

The event will be run by Gene Johnson and the Arby’s Cruisin’ Crew from Salem and runs from 1 to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The public is invited.

The Arby’s Cruise raises money for the Salem Community Food Pantry on a weekly basis and far surpassed its goal of collecting 120,000 lbs. of food this year largely because of the Salem Super Cruise. It has raised 152,000 lbs.

A home health care nurse, Grover has taken care of others for 25 years, now, Robert Neapolitan, who owns the emporium with his mother, Alma, said they’re asking people to support her.

Johnson said, “Believe it or not she taking full cancer treatments and is still working. I hope we can get as many people to support her as possible.”

There will be 15 judged trophies awarded along with a Pizza Joe’s manager’s choice trophy from the Pizza Joe’s located next to Mr. Darby’s.

Neapolitan said, “This is something we’ve wanted to do since we opened. We just haven’t had the time or the facilities.”

Now, there is room for 250 cars, Neapolitan said, adding that “Fat and Furious” will appear from 2 until 4 p.m. and will arrive by firetruck.

“They’ve never been brought by a firetruck,” he said, adding he expected them to film the cruise and possibly use it in an show segment.

He said there will be a pizza-eating contest with the “Fat and Furious” stars taking on everyone at 3 p.m.

Neapolitan said he has a ringer.

“”We have a woman who says she can beat everybody,” he said.

Mr. Darby’s Antique and Collectible Emporium showroom includes a small chunk of a meteorite, a piece of glass from the first atomic bomb test site in Alamogordo, N.M., petrified dinosaur droppings or just your everyday desert rose (sand it by lightning) in its 21,000 square feet of showroom floor.

So holding a car cruise is far from out of character for the store.

“If we could we’d love to do another,” Neapolitan said, noting a goal is to hold at least one more cruise.

“This is the first annual car cruise and we hope to have one or two a year.”

Neapolitan said, noting that Gene Johnson and the Arby’s crew continues to amaze him.

“How does he do this every week?” Neapolitan wondered.