Cruise Night - December 2018
Santa Claus continued to be a crowd puller at Santa Cruz 12. Almost perfect weather, another visit from Santa, kid’s activities, and the prospect of a bigger than regular cruise night roll up of great cars resulted in around 400 cars with owners, family and friends cruisin in. Early! We were looking for places to park cars by 5pm. Face painting and balloon artists, Louise & Joy soon had lots of kids lined up for some of the best face painting you’re ever likely to see and the things Joy can do with a balloon or two is simply amazing.
The cars kept rolling in, we ran out of flyers at 300, and they kept coming. Proceeds from the night’s charity raffle were to be donated to the Mirabel Foundation and the inclusion of some ‘Christmas Cash’ in the hampers provided incentive to grab an extra ticket or two on top of the one when entering.
The man in red cruised in in his ‘Pink Caddy’ sleigh ringing the bell to get the kids lined up in front of his tent. Santa was soon in heavy discussion with all the kids about what’d they’d like him to bring as presents this Christmas Day, while nervous parents tried to listen to what they were being committed too!!
There were pretty consistent lines into the Sober Mule, the Rotary sausage sizzle and the LGC tables while extra tickets were purchased, Cruiser subscriptions renewed and some merchandise gathered up.
When Santa had seen every child, it was time to send him off to his next engagement.
We started off presentations with our monthly Cruiser draw. Long time subscriber, Brian who claimed never to have had a win went away with the $300 voucher from Chev’s Performance Centre. Habitual winner Mark, was all smiles when he collected the $100 in cash.
Elizabeth, a representative from the Mirabel Foundation’s team was presented a cheque for $1000 from LGC treasurer, Heather. Elizabeth spoke briefly about the important work this Foundation has performed over the 20 years since starting up.
Time for the raffle draw.
With a large turnout and extra tickets sold, we were able to increase the cash amounts in the first two prizes.
Aaron was very happy when his ticket came out of the bucket. He went home with a very nice Christmas Tree [ which he later told us was going straight around to his elderly parent’s house], a large overflowing hamper of goodies, $250 in cash, a child’s scooter [which every hamper winner also took home] and an amazing solid silver key ring of a ’56 Ford Victoria valued at $400. Arron took the opportunity to thank the LGC team for hosting events. Much appreciated Arron.
The draws continued with the Isabelle taking home the second prize hamper which included $100 in cash as well as a scooter. We continued with draws until we found winners for the remaining four hampers. LGC Cruiser Brian who had a win earlier in the Cruiser draw, won one of the hampers. So after about 10 years of subscribing without a win, improved his average with two wins on the night.
Mornington Mercedes Benz had kindly provided some MB merchandise and we found some very happy winners for these items.
Santa Cruz does require a bit more effort to host than a regular cruise night from all involved.
My thank you to our sponsors and supporters.
- Santa Claus & his sleigh driver John.
- ACDelco & MotorActive, [suppliers of Meguiar’s & Liqui Moly products] for all the products they supply for all our events
- Roger Thomas Jewellers of Mornington for the amazing ’56 Ford key Ring
- Progressive Vans in Carrum Downs for the use of a van to haul all the extra gear needed to host Santa Cruz
- Chev’s Performance Centre for the Dyno Tune Vouchers
- Mornington Mercedes Benz
- The Sober Mule for gift vouchers for the hampers as well as working tirelessly to keep everyone fed and watered
- The Homemaker Centre for allowing us to host our events in their complex.
Finally, a thank you to all those that purchased another ticket or two to support the fund raising for the Mirabel Foundation. Even if you didn’t one of the prizes on offer, your contribution will make a real difference to many people and children over the coming months.
Lastly, a big thank you to the 14 members of Let’s Go Cruisin who toiled away hosting another successful Santa Cruz. If it wasn’t rewarding, we wouldn’t do it!!
Alan Newton – LGC Team
Here’s some photos Shelley managed to take while she was busy helping
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