Cruisin' for a cause

Auburn Cruise Nite supporting the American Cancer Society and a Cruise Nite pioneer
By: Andrew DiLuccia, Journal Motoring Editor
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Charity and classic cars go hand-in-hand Friday night as the second Auburn Cruise Nite show of the season revs up. Among the 300-plus pre-1972 cars and trucks on Lincoln Way from 5 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Auburn will be multiple areas to donate to a pair of charitable causes. One of those is the American Cancer Society, which will have a booth positioned outside of the Monkey Cat restaurant. This is the first season the American Cancer Society will be on Lincoln Way during Cruise Nite. The booth will provide information about the society’s mission and pictures of cancer survivors who have benefitted from the group’s efforts. The American Cancer Society will also be promoting the upcoming Relay For Life fundraising event at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, set for Aug. 20-21, and will be accepting donations, too. “We have to keep supporting the scientists (in their efforts to find a cure),” said Dick Kiger, co-chairman of the Auburn Cruise Nite Committee in regards to Cruise Nite’s support of the American Cancer Society. “Cancer is so immense … we’ve got a fight on our hands and we have to win.” The Auburn Cruise Committee is also seeking financial support for one of its own Friday night, Tom Potts. The originator of the first Auburn Cruise Nite more than 27 years ago, Potts is suffering from serious health problems, needing a heart transplant, according to Auburn Cruise Nite’s John Knierim. “We’re trying to help with the medical costs and making living a little easier for him,” said Knierim, who said Potts has little to no health insurance. “He’s a guy you just don’t want to see get hurt because he’s been good to so many other people.” Knierim said there will be four buckets with Potts’ photo on them posted up and down Lincoln Way Friday night where people can donate whatever they wish to help Potts, who’s widely known in the classic car community and the Auburn area as a whole. “Tom’s a good guy,” Kiger said. “He’s been generous with people all his life.” So cruise on down Friday night and reminisce, and maybe even help out. Andrew DiLuccia can be reached at __________ Cruise into Downtown What: 27th season of Auburn Cruise Nite When: 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, June 10 Where: Lincoln Way, Downtown Auburn Cost: Free More 2011 show dates: July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9