Product drives to aid causes at Yukon’s ‘Mother Road’ cruise

Give food, toilet paper, gift cards at Sept. 16th Yukon Main Street benefit

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By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Canned soup, peanut butter and toilet paper are just some of the products that non-profit causes will collect during next month’s Route 66 car cruise in downtown Yukon.

Yukon Sharing, Manna Pantry, Compassionate Hands, and Canadian County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will benefit from the Third Annual “Cruise-in For a Cause” set 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 on Main Street Yukon.

On the third Thursday each September, Yukon 66 Main Street hosts cruisers from across the region.

Cruise-In for a Cause is a passive leisure, open cruise on Yukon’s iconic Route 66.

“There is no admission charge, and we welcome any type of vehicle,” Yukon Main Street Director Vicki Davis said. “Anyone can cruise ‘at will’ throughout the event. We had several hundred vehicles last year.

“This is a great opportunity for people to enjoy the thrill of Route 66 with others in a fun and unique way.”

Cruise participants and attendees are asked to support four participating “help” causes.

These organizations will host product drives at their advocacy booths at S Fifth and Main:

  • Yukon Sharing needs canned soup. Tagline is “Soup for the Soul.”
  • Manna Pantry needs peanut butter and jelly and mac and cheese. Tagline is “Peanut Butter and Jelly and Mac and Cheese – Donate to the Pantry … Please, Please, Please”.
  • Compassionate Hands needs toilet paper. Tagline is “Roll Out the Support.”
  • Canadian County CASA needs fast-food gift cards to take foster kids on fun outings. Tagline is “Cards for Kids.”

With this being an “open cruise”, donations are not collected through an admission charge from each cruiser.

Donations are instead encouraged at donation stations throughout the event, the cause booths or beforehand through the Yukon Main Street office at 528 W Main.

This is what the help causes will purchase with their monetary gifts:

  • Yukon Sharing – Meat, which is often in short supply and getting more expensive.
  • Manna Pantry – Shelving for its new, larger facility set to open this fall.
  • Compassionate Hands – Fuel for two accessible vans that take seniors and residents with disabilities to medical appointments and personal errands.
  • Canadian County CASA – Advocacy for abused and neglected children in foster care.

Cruise-in For a Cause began in 2019 to celebrate Yukon’s portion of the Mother Road by creating a vision of yesteryear with vintage, classic, muscle, and late-model vehicles lining Route 66/Main Street.

Selling “Cruise-in For a Cause” T-shirts during the September 2020 Mother Road benefit are: From left, Manna Pantry Board Member State Rep. Jay Steagall (R-Yukon), Yukon 66 Main Street Association board members Terry Martin, and Kay Casper, and Manna Pantry Board Member Kent Mathers. This year’s Yukon Main Street cruise will benefit Manna Pantry, Yukon Sharing, Compassionate Hands, and Canadian County Court-Appointed Special Advocates. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

PARK AND SHOW SPACES

About 50 reserved “park and show” spaces in Main Street’s 400 block, under the lights, are available by registration.

“We had about 40 park and show registrations in 2020,” Davis explained. “We’ll expand the capacity this year by drawing our own lines for parking spaces to accommodate more vehicles.

“We’ll have volunteer parking attendants who’ll make sure those spaces are reserved.”

Half of park and show registration fees are given to the participating non-profits.

“When somebody registers, they choose their ‘cause of choice’ and then have the opportunity to give an additional donation if they want to,” Davis said.

Registration is open for the park and show entries through yukon66mainstreet.com or (405) 350-5999.

When they’re not riding, Cruise-in For a Cause attendees will enjoy strolling through the park and show area, visiting cause and sponsor booths, checking out fun things to see and do at various stops along the way, and enjoying the constant parade of cool rides.

There will be several special attractions at the Sept. 16th event on Yukon’s Main Street:

  • “Mr. Rock ‘n Roll” Ronnie Kaye will play car cruise tunes and provide ride spotlights from the disc jockey stage near Fourth and Main.
  • The MoJo R/C Speedway will offer a radio-control car track at Old Mill Plaza near Third and Elm.
  • A State Farm “photo stop” will be staged in front of the Yukon Mill mural near Third and Main.
  • Several food trucks and restaurant mobile order carts will be offered at N Fifth and Main.

Cruise-In for a Cause is presented by Yukon Main Street and the non-profit Yukon 66 Main Street Association.

For more information, visit yukon66mainstreet.com or call the Yukon Main Street office at (405) 350-5999.

Car enthusiasts admire some featured entries during Yukon’s inaugural “Cruise-in For a Cause” in September 2019. Three non-profit help causes are back for the third straight year – Yukon Sharing, Compassionate Hands and Manna Pantry. This year, they are joined by Canadian County CASA. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
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