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3rd Annual Cape Coral Charity Car Show Feb. 16 to benefit Cape Coral Caring Center

February 1, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The 3rd Annual Cape Coral Charity Car Show benefiting the Cape Coral Caring Center will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, at Jaycee Park on the Caloosahatchee River from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The show is sponsored by the Cape Coral First United Methodist Church as part of its community outreach program.

Last year's show raised over $22,000 to support the Cape Coral Caring Center.

In 2018, the Cape Coral Caring Center served over 12,000 people and provided 145 tons of food to those in need. To address changing dietary needs of the elderly and disabled, the Caring Center has committed to providing food consistent with special diets where possible. Their first client for this new program has renal disease and is on dialysis and was overwhelmed to be able to receive the food she needed for her specific diet. Examples of other clients with special dietary needs are people with diabetes or cancer.

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This 1961 Chrysler was on display at a previous Cape Coral Charity Car to benefit the Cape Coral Caring Center. This year’s show will be held Feb. 16 at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral.

"While these programs are expensive, doing what we can to keep these people healthy is good for all," said Executive Director Julie Ferguson. For every $1 donated to the Caring Center, their buying power enables them to purchase the equivalent of $8 worth of food.

Beyond providing food, the Cape Coral Caring Center has always tried to help people get jobs. Assistance with resume building and transportation by giving people a 31-day unlimited bus pass to help with job searches have been strengthened by the addition of JobLink. This is a Goodwill program that was active in the Cape four or five years ago and helped 40-50 people a month find work. The JobLink program is now housed at the Caring Center in the afternoons.

Another new program being offered is Financial Health, a fun and interactive program that helps people work through their credit and budgeting issues.

The Cape Coral Charity Car Show is open to all makes and models of cars and trucks. The show is designed for family fun with a deejay playing '50s and '60s music, food vendors, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Goody bags and dash plaques will be given to the first 200 show cars, and over 40 trophies will be awarded.

Gold Sponsors presenting trophies this year are The Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Swift Print Service, Sam's Club and The News-Press.

Other trophy winners will be selected by the more than 30 local business co-sponsors who are supporting the show in-cluding: ACRA Electric, RE/MAX Realtors, Affordable Roofing, Diamonds by Diane, Pizza Hut, Roto-Rooter, Schiff Realty, Family Hardware, First Class Air Conditioning, Fish Window Cleaning, LCEC, and Waste Pro.

This year there will also be a special display of classic and antique boats, and there will be special recognition of veterans and first responders.

Exhibitor and vendor information is available at or by calling Bob at 239-549-5592.



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