Vlasman’s Cruisin ‘for a Cause event raises funds for an accessible playground and continues its donation mission



That’s why he chose to donate the proceeds from his annual Cruisin ‘for a Cause auto show on Saturday to the Kiwanis Club project to build an inclusive and accessible playground along Mitchell Lake.

“It breaks me to know that some children cannot play in a playground. I think the Kiwanis Club project is amazing to support this year because it will bring a park for the kids who need it to play, ”said Vlasman, as he presented trophies to the top auto show graduates. of Saturday in front of La thirst.

Features of the accessible playground include a rocking raft and swing, as well as a musical activity area and swing bench, all of which are accessible to people with disabilities. In order for the playground to meet accessibility standards, a paved concrete path would extend from the sidewalk to the playground, and the wood chip surface would allow wheelchairs and other wheeled transport devices to move around. of the playing field.

According to the designs, the playground would be built alongside the existing swing and play area that is in the center of Kiwanis Woodlot Park, fostering a more inclusive environment in the area. The included $ 64,000 playground is part of Mitchell’s Kiwanis Club 100 years celebration. While the club is already raising funds to complete the project by 2022, the Vlasman auto show and auction will give the construction of the playground a big boost.

Each year, Vlasman chooses a local and regional nonprofit or community member with health issues to donate the profits from its annual auto shows. However, this year, the Accessible Playground Plan stood out as a “meaningful and impactful” community project that he wanted to help make it happen.

“Every child needs a playground to play. Playing outdoors with friends is so important to young people because some of the best childhood memories are created there, ”said Vlasman. “We will be purchasing some of the playground equipment that they need for that playground with the proceeds from our event. “

Saturday’s Cruisin ‘for a Cause auto show and auction marked the eighth annual event that takes place in August. The event raises from $ 7,000 to $ 10,000 with matching donations from other local organizations that have supported the community-focused events of Vlasman.

While the auto show – which features a silent auction, darts tournaments, games and live music – draws large crowds every year, Vlasman holds other similar events in and around the community. cities in the region with the same mission of supporting good causes and organizations.

In recent years, his car and motorcycle shows have helped bring over 30 beds to the Mitchell Area Safehouse and support a child receiving a critical kidney transplant, to name just a few of the good causes he supports.

“Every year, we find the people and organizations who need help the most with whatever they’re working on. We helped a 3 year old boy who needed money for a kidney transplant and helped the SafeHouse redesign his living room, bought him new mattresses, ”said Vlasman.

Initially, Cruisin ‘for a Cause was established to help about a decade ago help underprivileged families and people with basic needs and raise awareness about the prevention of influenza and H1N1, also known as the flu. swine, following Vlasman’s near-death experience with swine flu. from which he miraculously recovered in 2014. As Vlasman’s organization has grown over the years, it has evolved into helping a wide variety of good community causes.

Although Vlasman’s Cruisin ‘for a Cause has evolved over the years, its mission remains the same: to help those who need it most and to help groups that share the same mission.

“This is the raison d’être of this organization,” he said. “I’m so proud of the community support that Cruisin ‘for a Cause has had, and it shows that we all want to make the community a better place by helping those who need it most.”


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