The proceeds were made during the club’s 31st Annual Mid State Cruizers Car Show in August   

ATASCADERO — On Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m., the Mid State Cruizers met for their monthly meeting at Round Table Pizza. During their 31st Annual Mid State Cruizers Car Show in August, the local car club raised a total of $10,000 for local charities, which they handed out to the nonprofits at the start of their meeting. 

“We are actually able to give $10,000, the highest we’ve ever been able to give to 10 wonderful charities. That’s the one thing we get to do; we get to support them in the wonderful work they do for our community,” said Mid State Cruizers President Roy Barba at the meeting.

The Mid State Cruizers took nominations for charities back in September. Every year they pick 10 San Luis Obispo County charities to support, and at their October meeting, they voted, and their top 10 charities were chosen to receive $1,000 each. A total of 23 local charities were nominated this year.

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“That’s in the [Cruizer’s] bylaws. They [the charities] need to be local,” added Barba. “There might be some that you’re not even familiar with. Those are kind of what we try to do because they really need it, and I think they’re really appreciative. And that’s kind of what our whole goal is. To try to help the little ones.”

The 10 charities and nonprofits chosen this year were Woods Humane Society Atascadero, Atascadero High School Auto Shop, Escuela Del Rio, Boxes for Soldiers (Helping Soldiers in the Desert), Veterans Memorial Foundation (Faces of Freedom Memorial), Lumina Alliance, Atascadero Robotics (Greybots), Jack’s Helping Hand, Boy Scout Troup #51, and Honor Flight.

There were representatives for each and every one of the charities in attendance to receive their checks during the charity donation event. And they had nothing but thanks to give the car club for their donations that will help these amazing nonprofits continue to provide services to the community.

The success of the Mid State Cruizers 2022 Car Show made it possible for the club to give back to the community in such a big way this year. 

“Our show was a huge success. We ended up with 213 vehicles and 23 vendors. Thanks to the generosity of our local businesses and show participants, we did very well,” stated Barba. 

Next year’s 32nd Annual Mid State Cruizer’s Car Show will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023.

(From left) Phyllis Small (Boy Scouts Troop 51 chairperson), Cheryl Hertan (Atascadero Veterans Memorial Foundation president), Eric Twisselman (Honor Flight Central Coast board member), Izak Kania (Boy Scout), Tony Renteria (Atascadero High School automotive technology instructor), Jordan Gaughan (Boy Scout), Riley Sherlock (Jack’s Helping Hand coordinator), Matt Scroggins (Mid State Cruizers member), Debbie Argano (Escuela Del Rio executive director), Dan Hathaway (Atascadero Venterans Memorial Foundation treasurer), Jan Price (Atascadero Education Fund/Greybots), Alessandra Belloumini (Woods Humane Society North County facility manager), Paul Burton (Boxes for Soldiers chairperson), Jennifer Adams (Lumina Alliance Chief executive officer), Roy Barba (Mid State Cruizers president), and Dan Andrus (Atascadero High School principal) are shown with the check showing the $10,000 raised by the Mid State Cruizers. Photo by Christianna Marks