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Cruise In raises $35,000 for homeless veterans

COURTESY PHOTO - Scenes from the 2016 Salvation Army Veterans & Family Center Cruise In.The recent Salvation Army Veterans & Family Center Cruise In was a big success, raising nearly $35,000 to benefit homeless veterans and their families at the Beaverton center.

The 2016 edition was held July 9 at Valley Catholic School.

Here is a recap from event organizer Lynn Kirwan, followed by more photos:

“The 5th Annual Salvation Army Veterans & Family Center Cruise In was a big success! Even with the threat of rain, which keeps car owners home, we had 165 cars. There were over 20 vintage & active military vehicles, a SWAT car, Police & Fire vehicles, and 55 motorcycles who were escorted in by the Beaverton Police.  We even had a Coast Guard boat! There was a great BBQ, a Blue Grass Band, a DJ and 40 trophies.

“The bleachers were full of Vietnam Veterans who were Thanked Honored and Saluted by speakers including high ranking Military personnel and Mike Donahue.

“We had a full color guard, bag pipers, 21 gun salute, Taps, a fly over in the missing man formation, and a 1971 Vietnam Huey that circled to the waving crowd and landing in the field. 

“Through trophy sponsorships, car registrations, BBQ, Raffle and all, we raised almost $35,000! All proceeds raised directly assists the 80 homeless veterans and their families at the Center.”

Click here for more information about the Cruise In

Read previous coverage of this event in the Beaverton Valley Times

COURTESY PHOTO - Scenes from the 2016 Salvation Army Veterans & Family Center Cruise In.

COURTESY PHOTO - Scenes from the 2016 Salvation Army Veterans & Family Center Cruise In.

COURTESY PHOTO - Scenes from the 2016 Salvation Army Veterans & Family Center Cruise In.

COURTESY PHOTO - Scenes from the 2016 Salvation Army Veterans & Family Center Cruise In.