The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 16, 2013

Cruise-in benefits families of sick children

Tom Lavis

— Summer is right around the corner, and car aficionados and gearheads will get a boost by motoring to the third annual Mini-Miracles Cruise In.

According to event coordinator Jennifer Rose, the ever-growing cruise will begin at noon June 30 at the Jerome Volunteer Fire Department grounds.

Rose, along with her husband Michael, are mustering support for the charity, Mini-Miracles, an organization the couple founded to help families will ill children.

“We think the cruise is a good way to raise money and awareness of pediatric and childhood stroke,” said Jennifer Rose, whose son, Michael, suffered a stroke a few days before he was born.

“We understand that when a child is ill unexpected bills pile up, such as additional travel expenses.”

Over the past two years, the group has donated $1,800 to Windber Hospice for its infant and pediatrics program.

This year’s cruise-in will benefit the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association and the family of Jason and Merissa Beam of Central City, whose son, Jaidyn, has a brain disorder.

“We expect to see any street rods, muscle cars, customs, antiques and motorcycles,” she said. “Our goal is to get at least the same amount of cars but we always welcome more.”

Admission is $5 a person, which includes food.

The patrons will find a variety of items including hot sausage,  hot dogs, homemade pierogi, ham barbecue, kielbasa and baked good.

“We will be giving award plaques in five categories and the first 50 vehicles will receive dash plaques,” Jennifer Rose said.

Attendees, including children, will have a say in what vehicles win prizes.

Awards will go to the peoples’ choice top three cars, fans’ favorite motorcycle and a kid’s choice.

“Children will receive a children’s packet, which will include a ballot for them to cast a vote,” she said.

For those enthusiasts who are dedicated Mopar fans, Barry Donnelly

and his sons, Brian and Michael, will be displaying their collection of muscle cars.

Barry Donnelly will be showing his drag racer, a 1972, 1029-horsepower Hemi Cuda.

Brian Donnelly will feature his 440-powered Plymouth Duster and Michael Donnelly will show his Hemi-Cuda street car.

An after show party, which was held during the first two fundraisers, has been eliminated.

Returning to the event to entertain patrons is Your Dad’s Friends, a Central Pennsylvania group that bills itself as a good times and rock ‘n’ roll band.

Band members are Don Bedell of State College and Rick Herbster of Altoona on guitar & vocals; Roger Corey of Altoona, keyboards and vocals; Craig Schaffer of Altoona, bass and vocals; and Dave DeCapria of Mill Hall, drums and vocals.

The band has entertained thousands throughout Pennsylvania since it first performed for a Relay For Life event in Martinsburg, Blair County, in 2002.

Your Dad’s Friends takes audiences back to the days of juke joints, diners and bobby socks.

The group covers songs from the Spencer Davis Group, the Beatles, Johnny Rivers, Tommy James, the Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, the Rivieras, Del Shannon, the Rascals, the Monkees, the Dave Clark Five, Neil Diamond and many more.

“They have performed for us before and people will be dancing,” Rose said.

Information is on the web at www.

Flashy fundraiser

What: Third annual Mini-Miracles Cruise In.

Where: Jerome Fire Department fire hall, 1885 Penn Ave.

When: June 30 at noon.

Cost: $5 per person.

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