For the 12th year, automotive enthusiasts again flocked to Santa Maria to see some cool cars and help save lives.
Cruzin’ for Life, a car show created to help fight cancer, filled the Santa Maria Fairpark on Saturday, raising money for Marian Cancer Care Services, the American Cancer Society and the Tri-Counties Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Festivities started Friday night with a car show meet and greet.
On Saturday, car enthusiasts were treated to the sounds from the band Freight Train during the festivities. The trophy presentation happened after the car show.
That evening, Cruzin’ for Life officials held their annual dinner and auction event.
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Cruzin’ for Life was founded in 2004 by Clifford Labastida. He and his brothers came up with the idea while thinking about alternative ways to raise funds to help fight cancer while having some fun. Labastida enlisted six friends and formed the Cruzin’ for Life board of directors.
The first event was held in the parking lot of St. Joseph High School. The group took to their cars and cruised Old Town Orcutt. That first event raised $15,000, which the group donated to the American Cancer Society.
In 2007, the event was moved to the Santa Maria Public Airport before finding a home at the Fairpark in 2008.
As attendance and participation grew, so did the group’s donations. In 2010, the event raised $100,000.
Three years ago, the event raised more than the $100,000, split between multiple beneficiaries.