Girard car show benefits legion

GIRARD – The Girard Cruisers group, which was formed last year, hosted its first car show this summer in the city’s downtown. Proceeds raised will benefit the local American Legion.

David Ruggiero, one of the event organizers, said the Girard Cruisers was organized in 2013 to benefit chosen Girard entities. Girard American Legion Post 235, which is located a short distance from where the car and motorcycle show was held, is this year’s recipient of the $1,500 raised from the show.

“A lot of people showed up. We were showcasing cars, everything from new cars to much older cars. We had a lot of bikes,” Ruggiero said.

From its inception, the Girard Cruisers, a car and motorcycle enthusiast group, had its members vote and decided that the net proceeds for car shows and other organized activities would go to chosen worthy causes or organizations.

The Cruisers started as a Facebook group and eventually grew into an organization that engages in charitable support for the city since it is composed of Girard residents or alumni of Girard High School.

Ruggiero, who served as chairman, said the mission is to promote the hobby of hot rods, classic cars and motorcycles.

The executive board is composed of Ruggiero; Lynn Brown, secretary; and Rick Brown, treasurer.

Ruggiero and other members say they love holding the car shows, and hope to hold more events to benefit others in the future.

One activity held this year gathered a large group of people to sing the national anthem. The group of about 40 gathered near the municipal building, where they sang ”The Star-Spangled Banner.”