Cruisin’ Clearwater raises over $15,000 for food bank

Becky Pisarczyk hangs out in a 1973 Dodge Challenger, while Jorja Bond soaks in the rays from a 2014 Dodge Challenger. (Ronnie Mackenzie photo)Becky Pisarczyk hangs out in a 1973 Dodge Challenger, while Jorja Bond soaks in the rays from a 2014 Dodge Challenger. (Ronnie Mackenzie photo)
Larry Epp from Barriere helped out by controlling traffic on Park Drive for the Cruisin’ Clearwater event. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)Larry Epp from Barriere helped out by controlling traffic on Park Drive for the Cruisin’ Clearwater event. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
The Clearwater Secondary School parking lot was filled with all sorts of old and new, restored and rusty vehicles. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)The Clearwater Secondary School parking lot was filled with all sorts of old and new, restored and rusty vehicles. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)
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Blaine Falat, winner of the Cruisin’ Clearwater Club Choice award, with Ronnie Mackenzie and organizer Ryan Mackenzie. (Facebook/Cruisin’ Clearwater)Blaine Falat, winner of the Cruisin’ Clearwater Club Choice award, with Ronnie Mackenzie and organizer Ryan Mackenzie. (Facebook/Cruisin’ Clearwater)
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Winner of Cruisin’ Clearwater People’s Choice, Marvin Ritchie and his 1961 Ford F-100 short nox integral body. (Facebook/Cruisin’ Clearwater)Winner of Cruisin’ Clearwater People’s Choice, Marvin Ritchie and his 1961 Ford F-100 short nox integral body. (Facebook/Cruisin’ Clearwater)
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Perry Kocis, Banister Pipeline’s community Indigenous liaison presents Ryan Mackenzie, Cruisin’ Clearwater organizer, with a cheque for $1,000 for the Clearwater and District Food Bank. The Cruisin’ Clearwater event raised a total of $14,065 for the food bank. (Submitted photo)Perry Kocis, Banister Pipeline’s community Indigenous liaison presents Ryan Mackenzie, Cruisin’ Clearwater organizer, with a cheque for $1,000 for the Clearwater and District Food Bank. The Cruisin’ Clearwater event raised a total of $14,065 for the food bank. (Submitted photo)
Trans Mountain employees present Ryan Mackenzie, Cruisin’ Clearwater organizer, with a cheque for $5,600 for the Clearwater and District Food Bank. (Submitted photo)Trans Mountain employees present Ryan Mackenzie, Cruisin’ Clearwater organizer, with a cheque for $5,600 for the Clearwater and District Food Bank. (Submitted photo)

There was rain in the forecast, but the odds were in favour of the Cruisin’ Clearwater participants, which saw roughly 100 vehicles parked in the Clearwater Secondary School parking lot once again to take part in the annual event Saturday (May 7) morning.

A mix of old and new, shiny and rusted vehicles made their way around town, waving to spectators who gathered along the route, excited to see cars roll by. The third annual event brought in $15,500 for the Clearwater and District Food Bank from a variety of large and small donors, beating last year’s total by more than $1,000.

The route began in the parking lot and left at 11 a.m., with drivers taking a tour of the town before arriving back where they began to show off their babies, socialize and eat some lunch.

A number of awards and prizes were given out, including the People’s Choice award to Marvin Ritchie and his 1961 Ford F-100 short box integral body truck, the Club Choice award to Blaine Falat and his 1963 Mercury Meteor S33, a 1/2-drive Milwaukee impact gun to Brandon Robinson and a tool box to Dave Bjorkman.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect a new total released by Cruisin’ Clearwater organizer Ryan Mackenzie.



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