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Fuel up on food, cars at fundraisers

2013-09-11T00:00:00Z Fuel up on food, cars at fundraisersJennifer Pallay Times Columnist
September 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The calendar is filling up quickly thanks to lots of local car shows and fundraisers.

I just learned that St. Florian is hosting a Cruise Night this year from noon to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the school parking lot, 13110 Baltimore Ave. in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood.

Three groups of cars — classic, muscle and modified — will be awarded first-, second- and third-place trophies. There will also be an award for Pastor’s Favorite. Cars must arrive between 10:45 and 11:45 a.m. Late cars will park on the street.

Food, drinks and raffles will keep attendees busy and the band Common Poverty will perform live music, weather permitting, from 5 to 9 p.m. to keep the party rocking all night. Call Ed at (773) 742-5422 for more information.

Come back the next day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the parish’s annual Florian Fest.

Speaking of Hegewisch and St. Florian, the General Pulaski Council 3323 Knights of Columbus are hosting a pancake breakfast this weekend that will benefit the parish.

Come out from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 15 in the school’s gymnasium, 13145 S. Houston Ave. in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood. This event costs $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger. They will be serving pancakes, eggs cooked to order, French toast, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee.

For information, call John at (708) 841-1904.

The General Pulaski Council 3323 Knights are also looking for volunteers to help them with their annual Tootsie Roll drive Sept. 20 to 22. It will benefit people with intellectual disabilities in the community. Contact Gene Slusarczyk at (773) 418-2260 or (219) 365-4307. A few of the Knights live near us and are the nicest guys on the block, literally. If you have some time to spare, it would be great if you could help them with this project.

I have some more information about the Coats for Kids Cruise Night taking place from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 880 E. 154th St. in South Holland.

It costs $15 per car to register and for every two cars that sign up, the Knights of Columbus Genoa Council 1659 will be able to provide one new coat for an elementary school student.

There will be People’s Choice awards for the top three cars. Burgers, pop and chips will be sold as well as 50/50 raffle tickets. The Entertainment Mobile will keep the event bopping with tunes.

For information, call (708) 224-3811 or (708) 745-2251.

If you like cars, this is your lucky weekend. Also on Sept. 14, the Calumet City Chamber of Commerce will host a car show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Home Depot, 1550 S. Torrence Ave. in Calumet City. You can hop from this one to the St. Jude show and double the auto fun.

Thunder Road Productions is running the Cal City show, which will include vendors, raffles and prizes. For more information, call (708) 891-0336.

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