LINCOLNTON – The downtown streets will be lined with classic cars Sunday, June 2, when the Westside Cruisers roll through town for their Cruising for a Cause event.
“This is a new car club that we formed more than a year ago with five or six guys who all grew up together here in Lincoln County and now own hotrods,” Westside Cruisers President Michael Sipe said. “Now we’ve got about 40 members locally and close to 90 total. We’re open to anyone who wants to join, especially car enthusiasts who have a big heart. All of us are, I wouldn’t say well off, but we don’t need anything, so we’d rather give back to others who do need help in our community.”
Charity has been a focus for the Westside Cruisers since their inception, with the group supporting several local organizations during the Christmas season. Their philanthropy included the donation of 30 bicycles and a trailer full of toys to the North Brook Fire Department, food given to Christian Ministry of Lincoln County, and bags of clothes and household supplies donated to the Hesed House of Hope, Lincoln County’s only homeless shelter.
The cruise in will raise money for the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse (LCCACA), marking the second year that the Westside Cruisers have organized an event in support of local children suffering through domestic violence.
“The Coalition heard about what we had been doing through our car club, and a few of our guys were friends with (LCCACA Executive Director) Sherry Rhinehardt and her husband, so they asked us about doing this cruise in since we had the resources in terms of cars and people to make it all happen,” Sipe said. “I think we helped them raise about $1,100 through the event last year and everything worked out, so they asked us if we’d do it again this year.”
Sipe expects an even better turnout for this year’s event. The Westside Cruisers have been promoting the Lincolnton cruise in at other car shows in the area in recent months, with hopes of one day raising enough money to support other local causes in addition to the LCCACA.
A donation to the LCCACA is requested from those wishing to cruise down East Main Street from Laurel Street to the Court Square, and enjoy the car show afterward.
The Westside Cruisers will be set up in the parking lot of Sherrill, Blake and Harrison CPA, at Main and South Poplar streets. Baked goods will be available for purchase at the site, and 50/50 raffle tickets will also be sold, with a drawing scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
The Westside Cruisers hold a cruise in at Zippers in Lincolnton on the first Thursday of each month, and the group meets formally at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Lincoln Country Club.