Charitable donation

A local car club is not just driving cars and showing them off to the public, they are giving back. The Lake Shore Street Rods has donated $6,000 to two local organizations. The organization recently presented the checks at the Sheridan VFW. The club gave $3,000 to Hailey’s Honeys for the Arthritis Foundation and Chautauqua County Hospice.

“Both were from money raised from donations that we took at our July 7 Harbor Cruise at Point Gratiot,” Kenny Doepp, Harbor Cruise chair, said. “That’s money that we take from donations at the gate which over the years … we have raised over $35,000.”

Throughout the years, the Lake Shore Street Rods has donated to various fire departments, the Boys and Girls Club, the Chautauqua County Veterans Van, the Chautauqua County Veterans Endowment Fund and Brooks Memorial Hospital Dialysis Unit, among others. The organization has about 60 members currently and has been in existence for 30 years. Doepp expressed the club’s appreciation to the city of Dunkirk for its help with the Harbor Cruise.

“We do appreciate all the support we do get from the community at the show and the help that we do receive from the city of Dunkirk, the mayor’s office and the parks and streets departments for the show. We appreciate the vendors and the people that support the vendors,” he said.

The annual Harbor Cruise is always on the first Sunday following July 4 at Point Gratiot, with the 2014 date being July 6. The show is not only limited to club members but is open to the public. Doepp said they welcome all street rods, motorcycles, hot rods and other vehicles.

To be eligible for Lake Shore Street Rods membership, car owners must have vehicles that are 1972 and older. Meetings are held throughout the area and Doepp said there is currently a waiting list for membership. For more information on membership, contact President Tom Kwiatkowski at 870-2339.

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