Car show brings in cash for Elmwood Park police program

Plenty of metal and rubber lined Fullerton Avenue for the Elmwood Park Police Department’s D.A.R.E. Car Show, raising money to help the anti-drug program.

Central Park, at 74th and Fullerton avenues, hosted the show Sunday, Aug. 24. Elmwood Park Police Chief Frank Fagiano said there were about 100 cars around the park.

The police department uses the event to raise money for their D.A.R.E. Program in local elementary schools through a number of raffles at the event.

“We raffled off a 55-inch TV, a 32-inch TV, a Blu-Ray system and gift certificates,” he said.

Elmwood Park Deputy Police Chief Andrew Hock, one of the organizers of the show, said when all the bills were paid they had raised about $1,500.

“It was a success, definitely,” he said.

The money raised will go to purchase D.A.R.E. (Drug Awareness Resistance Education) items like pens, pencils and coloring books. These items will be used by the department’s D.A.R.E. officer, who will use the items throughout the village’s elementary schools to educate students about the ills of drug use.

Fagiano said he was pleased with how the event turned out. This is the third year the police department has organized the car show.

He said the good weather played a big part in the event’s success. The event coincided with the village’s Farmer’s Market

“These guys have very expensive cars, and if they think it’s going to rain, they aren’t going to come out,” he said.

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