The area’s largest outdoor car show and star-studded event is coming to King Township July 20.
The 4th annual Cruise for the Cure car show and family festival raises money and awareness for Prostate Cancer Canada and the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.
Adversity and success has touched the lives of King’s own Schmidt family. Tim and Brenda Schmidt, in affiliation with ABC Group, one of the leading automotive systems and components manufacturers in the world, will be hosting their 4th annual car show to raise money and awareness.
Tim, Brenda and Tim’s mother Helga have hosted Tim and Brenda’s Cruise for the Cure for the past three years. In 2011 at their first event, they raised $50,000 for Prostate Cancer Canada, in 2012 at the 2nd annual Cruise they raised $70,000 for Prostate Cancer Canada and in 2013, they added a second charity, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children-Canada and raised $112,000 for these charities.
This year’s show is expected to attract more than 10,000 visitors!
“Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. One in four people knows someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, and will be aware of the devastating impact it has on their lives, as it had on mine when my husband developed the disease. Our sponsorship will help in the research into the causes, cures and care for this condition and hopefully also towards helping the many people who look after these patients,” said Helga Schmidt, president and CEO of ABC Group of Companies.
“It’s very important that people with Alzheimer’s are treated with respect and to remember that, despite their illness, a person with dementia is still a unique and valuable human being.
“When a person finds that their mental abilities are declining, they often feel vulnerable and in need of reassurance and support. The people closest to them – their caregivers, health and social care professionals, friends and family – need to do everything they can to help the person to retain their sense of identity and feelings of self-worth.”
More than just your typical car show, Tim & Brenda’s Cruise for the Cure is an event featuring live music, a children’s carnival, raffles, food vendors, merchandise vendors, door prizes, awards, trophies, guitar auction, special guests and more!
Nick Sinopoli of the Carpet Frogs and long-time friend of Tim Schmidt has been collecting signatures from legendary rock musicians. Alice Cooper, Steve Cropper, Burton Cummings, Richie Sambora, Danny “The Count” Koker, Stoney Curtis, John Zito, Paul Disbibio, Barry Barnes, The Trews Orianthi Panagaris, Neil Chapman, are just some of the over 30 names on this rare 1994 Gibson J-55 up for grabs. It is #18 of only 100 made.
This magnificent guitar with the priceless signatures will be auctioned for charity. For more information or to bid on this piece of rock history, go to www.timandbrendasplace.com.
The fundraiser takes place on Tim and Brenda’s private 200-acre estate showcasing some of Tim’s private collection of automobiles. Raising Prostate Cancer awareness among men was one of the Schmidt family’s goals and what better form to do that in but with a car show showcasing southern Ontario’s best custom and performance cars and bikes with awards for grand champion, people’s choice and 50 runners up.
The all-day event will also have live entertainment, by Rik Emmett formally of Triumph; The Carpet Frogs; Pop Cherry; a children’s mini carnival including a giant Ferris wheel, food and beverages.
Joining Tim and Brenda will be famed members of the hit television show Counting Cars – Danny Koker and Kevin Mack. There will be raffles and 50/50 draws to help raise money for these wonderful charities. It’s fun for the whole family.
Tim & Brenda’s Cruise for the Cure takes place Sunday, July 20 at 13200 Weston Road. Doors open at 9 a.m. for patrons, with a $20 donation per car load for parking. For those competing in the car show a registration donation of $30 is asked and registration is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, http://www.timandbrendasplace.com.
Written by Mark Pavilons