Show to rev up support for local nonprofit
The River Falls Chamber of Commerce's Summer Cruze-In series may be done for the year, but area car enthusiasts will have at least one more chance to show off their vehicles this Saturday, Sept. 21.
George and Jackie La Fave will hold the third annual Car & Truck Show in support of the St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday. Both sides of Main Street will be closed for the event from Cedar Street to Locust Street. Maple, Elm and Pine streets also will be closed, from the alley to Main Street.
Each of the La Faves' car shows has been in support of a different local nonprofit organization.
"We just like to give back to the community," said Jackie La Fave.
The La Faves said they chose SCVRJP this year, in part, because George La Fave is a former member of the SCVRJP board, and because they believe in the nonprofit's cause.
SCVRJP executive director Kris Miner said SCVRJP programs that will benefit from the car show will be those that relate to cars. These include teen driving circles, which teach teens about the consequences of unsafe driving; victim impact panels, which address the impact that driving impaired has on individuals and the community; and underage consumption panels, which focus on the risks of underage alcohol consumption.
SCVRJP started in 2001. Miner said the organization now runs 12 victim impact panels each year, in addition to many other programs, including the teen driving circles and underage consumption panels.
Miner said the organization's goal is to create "a change of behavior by a change of heart."
She said the organization uses values, and emotional stories to help impress upon people, especially teens, the consequences of actions like driving drunk or texting and driving.
SCVRJP also works with River Falls High School to provide speakers when the school puts on a mock car crash.
"We definitely are always trying to increase public safety," Miner said.
However, it does take money to make the program run -- more money than the organization receives in session fees.
"We're hoping that this really demonstrates and shows the community that we're a nonprofit in the community and we could use some support," Miner said.
Miner and SCVRJP volunteer coordinator Liana Frey are hoping a lot of car enthusiasts come out to the event and support their cause.
"And it comes back and benefits them, because they don't want the cars that they put so much work into, to get into accidents," said Frey. Sheis also coordinating SCVRJP's contribution to the car show -- the volunteer labor.
As of Tuesday, Sept. 17, SCVRJP had about 25 volunteers. Frey said SCVRJP will be able to make the event run with that number of volunteers, but she is still hoping more volunteers will come forward.
"Just a few more will be helpful," she said. "There's plenty of things to do."
Entertainment will include free music and a Roy Orbison impersonator as well as a chance to smash a vehicle with a blunt instrument, a chance to guess when a motor running without oil will stop working, and more.
Registration for the event will be $15, starting at 8 a.m. in the Family Fresh parking lot. All who register their cars will receive dash plaques, donated by State Farm, and the first 275 to register will receive a free lunch.
Jackie La Fave said she and her husband were thankful to the sponsors -- too numerous to list -- who supported the car show.
For more information contact the La Faves at 715-425-7138 or Frey at 715-425-1100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the full story, please see the Sept. 19 print edition of the River Falls Journal.