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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Cement City Car Show and Cruise In helps local youth

MITCHELL - JULY 25, 2023 - The 2nd annual Cement City Car Show and Cruise-In was a great day to help local youth in a three-county area.

Photo: Jerry Poole's 1962 Chevy Impala Super Sport

This year's sponsors include Hoosier Uplands, Lawrence County Tourism, Marlow Concrete, Pro-Tree Service, Flynn & Sons Excavating, Steele & Steele, Spice Valley Landscape, Kern's Insurance, Hancock Trucking, T&G Contracting, 37 Pipe, and Lineal Contracting.

The La - Ma - Or Shrine Club is on its second year of the Cruise In that brings cars, trucks, bikes, and everything that has a motor.

The organization has one of the largest parading Shrine Unit and possibly in the world. The Club entered into the Indy 500 Festival Parade this year, which was a great honor for the group.

" Our primary mission of the club is to support the Shriners Hospitals and crippled children with 20 hospitals," said Larry Leonard organizer of the Cruise-In.

" Our local club is responsible for the transporting of children to and from the hospital. In child in the area that require our services is free of charge. They do not pay a penny to get to a Shriner Hospital. Most of the patients going to Lexington, Kentucky, Cincinnati, OH, or Chicago,IL, a new hospital is now in Dayton,OH.

The club raises money trying to put in the local community. The local club helps with the Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services show in September cooking for their fundraiser.

The proceeds from the 50/50 drawing and sell of the ice cream went to help Ethan Holsapple family, who is dealing with an illness. The proceeds helping with some of the expenses the family has incurred while he is being treated out of state.

A new fund is being set-up in honor of Larry Leonard's wife, who recently passed away to help with help with their members or families if they fall on hard times, with that fund being supported by the raffle the group held on Saturday. Items from that was donated by Chase Briscoe and was raffled off during the event.

" We are about helping and putting things back into the community," Leonard emphasized.

The group gets a lot of marketing by the group entering in the parades and allows the community to find out what their mission and goals of a group are.

Last year's show brough in about 150 entries and the group is excited to bring another cruise-in next year. The total number of enteries was not available at the time this news story was written.

Joe True purchased his 1957 Chevy that was purchsed new, from Middleton Motors on July 3, 1957. A restoration of his car took about three years was completed in 1999 which has the orginal motor and transmission.

Joe and his wife Peggy have been married for 67 years of marriage. Joe has put a lot of effort into both giving both the tender loving care and attention they needed over the years.

Those who enter their cars, trucks, motorcycles and other rides come from other cities and towns across the state to be in Mitchell.

Jerry Poole drove his 1967 Chevy Impala Super Sport from Seymour, Indiana to be in this growing event held in Mitchell, Indiana.

Plan on attending next years event at the end of July, and be sure to say hello to the club on the first Saturday in September at Hobson Motors for the Lawrence County Patient Services event later this summer.

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