Weekend car show to raise cash for D.A.R.E. in Elmwood Park

The Elmwood Park Police Department's D.A.R.E. Car Show returns this weekend to raise cash for the school program. | Photo courtesy of Andrew Hock
The Elmwood Park Police Department's D.A.R.E. Car Show returns this weekend to raise cash for the school program. | Photo courtesy of Andrew Hock

It costs money to teach local students about the ills of drug use, and a car show this weekend hopes to rev up revenue for the cause.

The Elmwood Park Police Department’s D.A.R.E Car Show is scheduled to take from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 24 at Central Park, near the corner of 75th and Fullerton Avenues. Elmwood Park Deputy Police Chief Andrew Hock said he expects at least 100 cars from hot rods to classic cars to be on display at the event.

The event will coincide with the village’s Farmer’s Market, which Hock hopes that will give people another reason to show up for the car show.

“A lot of people will be looking at the car show and then go to the Farmer’s Market,” he said. “This is the third year we did it in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market.”

Jim Sabatini, who is also helping with the organizing of the car show, said owners of any make or model of car are welcome to come to show off their vehicle.

“It’s going to be a coffee and chrome type of thing,” he said, implying that there won’t be any liquor at the event. “It should be a good show.”

Hock said they will have several raffles for two widescreen televisions and other items during the car show. The proceeds from the raffle will go towards the department’s D.A.R.E. Program.

“The money raised will go strictly towards purchasing D.A.R.E. items like pens, pencils and coloring books,” he said.

The department’s D.A.R.E Officer will use these items throughout the village’s elementary schools as part of its D.A.R.E. Program.

“It makes an impact on the children,” he said.

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