Cruzin’ for a Cauze car show returns

From left, Cigarette World Assistant Manager Russell Kolat, Manager Sam Burkey and clerk Kayla Bailey gather around some of the raffle prizes up for grabs for the store’s annual Cruzin’ for a Cauze car show to support the Christina House domestic violence shelter from 2 to 5 p.m. June 23 in the store lot off of Cunningham Road. This year’s registration fee for show cars is a toilet paper donation, with free gift bags provided to the first 20 registrations. Registration is from 1:30 to 2 p.m. or by calling 330-332-2311. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)

SALEM — Employees and owners of Cigarette World are once again asking the community to support the Cruzin’ for a Cauze car show and raffle from 2 to 5 p.m. June 23 in the store lot off of Cunningham Road, all to help battered women and their children.

The eighth edition of the event features cool cars, music, prize giveaways, food and a large list of donated items for raffle baskets, including gift cards from local restaurants, but there’s a twist this year for the registration fee: toilet paper.

Cigarette World Manager Sam Burkey said that’s a need that never goes away at the Christina House shelter. Registration is from 1:30 to 2 p.m. or by calling 330-332-2311, with free gift bags to the first 20 registrations. Trophies will be awarded for first and second place and Kids and Peoples Choice Awards.

The store continues to be a drop-off site for personal care items for the shelter, such as shampoo, toothpaste, even paper towels. Burkey said that’s also the kind of stuff they can always use.

Stories of abuse endured by customers and others spurred the personnel at Cigarette World to start Cruzin’ for a Cauze as a way to give back and their efforts have managed to raise an estimated $15,000 since the start to help the shelter serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the area. Last year the amount raised was about $2,000.

“We have a lot of fun and it still raises awareness for the shelter,” Burkey said.

The store owners, David and Karie Newman, fully support the cause, as do all the employees.

“Seems every year more and more people need the shelter,” Assistant Manager Russell Kolat said.

The store started selling tickets in May for the raffles which include a 50/50 raffle and lots of raffle baskets. Tickets cost $1 each or six for $5 or 30 tickets for $20. All customers of the store receive one free raffle ticket and there will be free scratch tickets and vapor liquids while supplies last.

“We understand things are not easy these days. Many people struggle to buy the things they need let alone purchase the things they want. That’s why it gives us joy to be able to give back to the community and so much pride that the community is willing to give back as well,” Burkey said. “Every dollar counts toward the help of a woman or child’s chance at a violence-free life, as is the right of all people.”

Christina House representatives will be setting up a table, also, to provide information. The number for the 24-hour crisis line for Christina House is 330-420-0036. For help with a civil protection order, call the Christina Center at 330-420-0845.

Burkey was thankful for all the sponsors of Cruzin’ for a Cauze, which includes some of the store’s suppliers, the Ohio Lottery, and several area businesses, including restaurants, pizza shops, hair salons, barber shops, tattoo establishments and even a dog groomer and oil change business.