Car Show And Kids Fest Raise Money For Ashland Charities

  • 7/14/2019 1:57:03 PM
  • Ingrid Schmidt
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH- The 9th Annual Ashland Dream Cruise and Car Show brought over 500 cars to Main Street on Saturday,  all donating money to Ashland's shop with a cop program. The executive director of Ashland Main Street, Sandra Tunnell helped organize the event.

"We came up with the idea to support Shop With a Cop," Tunnell said.  "The first year we thought hopefully if we get 50 people, it would be really awesome and we got 200 and it's just grown from that."

Shop with a cop allows underprivileged kids in Ashland to go Christmas shopping with an officer.  The program not only helps make Christmas special for so many local children, but it also helps to strengthen the relationship between local youth and law enforcement.

"This is such an amazing example of what a great community we have," Tunnell said.  "All of our door prizes, all of our goody basket items, they're all donated so we had goody baskets that were huge, we had over 100 door prizes and it's just members of the community saying 'we want to help.'"

Associated Charities in Ashland also spent Saturday fundraising with their 8th annual Kid's Fest.  The event featured lots of food and fun for kids who may be too young to truly enjoy the car show, Executive Director, Chris Box said.

"We started this event as a way to really give back to the community.  It's free, we do accept donations," Box said. "It's just a fun day to piggyback on the Dream Cruise Car Show.  All the adults that are here and sometimes we've noticed there's just not a lot of things for the kids so we wanted to do something for the children of the community."

The money raised at kid's fest goes to both the Ashland food bank and their back to school program, which provides kids with school supplies and new clothes.

"We are blessed with the donations that we have received today," Box said.  "There's so many donations that have come in for this event."

People from all over Ohio came out to support the annual car show and donate to a good cause.  "We are overflowing with support," Tunnell said.

Even with two major car shows going on in Norwalk and Columbus on Saturday, many people said that they chose to come to Ashland Car Show for the friendly atmosphere.

"We had so many people come to us and say that they come here because of the atmosphere and because of giving back to the community and supporting this cause," Tunnell said.


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