Originally Published: April 20, 2018 6:02 a.m.
The seventh annual Cruise in for the Vets is this weekend in Yavapai College’s parking lot; and organizers say they hope to have more money to donate this year.
“Last year, we raised about $17,000,” said organizer Don Jones. “We’re hoping to donate more than $20,000 this year.”
Free to spectators, all the money from sponsorships and registrations goes toward unfunded veterans programs, Jones said. Registering a car for the show is $30 for preregistration and $35 the day of the show. Entry fees can be found at www.cruise4vets.com or www.arizonacarshows.com.
So far, nearly 200 cars have been preregistered, which is usually about half of how many actually show up, he said.
“It’s the biggest show in town when it comes to cars,” Jones said.
But there’s more than just cars. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday April 21 at Yavapai College, 1100 E. Sheldon St. There’s also food tucks, a raffle table and a silent auction with a variety of items such as original oil paintings, auto art, jewelry from Raskins Jewelers, dugout tickets for the Diamondbacks and a signed football from the Cardinals, Jones said. There’s close to 175 raffle prizes and about 30 silent auction items, he said.
Having that many items for raffle and auction helps keep people at the show, looking at cars and waiting for their numbers to be drawn, Jones said.
“Car shows can be boring,” he said. “Ours is anything but boring. People love the show.”
Jones said the best part about being able to put the show on is giving back to the veterans. He’s from the Vietnam era and remembers how they were treated, he said. Jones also said he has friends on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., he said.
As the Cruise in for the Veterans nears its 10th year, Jones said he has aspirations to grow the show and truly make it into an event much like the rodeo
“We really want to get 500 cars,” he said.