Spring — May 11, 2019
The Saturday before Mother’s Day the annual Nationwide car cruise event is held. In 2018 this occurred in seven coordinated locations throughout the country.
The original concept of ‘Cruising for a Cause’ was the brainstorm idea of board members Roger E. Quast and Robin Hetchler in an effort to memorialize family members who had recently passed from Cancer. In 2018 it went to a national level through the efforts of Robin Hetchler coordinating as the National Director.
The locations for 2019 are:
- Arizona — Northern Arizona near the White Mountain area.
- Arkansas/Oklahoma — the cruise route and participants were from both states, fondly referred to as the ‘Arklahoma‘ cruise.
- California — a beautiful cruise route through the ‘sunshine state’ south of San Jose and north of Monterey. Starting in Gilroy, CA a/k/a Garlic City.
- Iowa — roaming the heartland of the Midwest farm country.
- Minnesota/Wisconsin — the mother-ship; the founding cruise where it all began back in 2015; following along the breathtaking St. Croix and Mississippi water ways. Also fondly referred to as the ‘Minnesconsin’ cruise.
- Nebraska — our corn-husker friends spent a wonderful day cruising another area of Midwestern farm country. (Note: Due to the horrible water damage in the area in 2019 this cruise will most likely be confined to Kearney, NE. Roads are washed out — so our friends out there will make the best of it and make it a great day!)
- Washington/Oregon — a mountain view cruise where Oregon and Washington meet at the Columbia River Gorge; based from the WAAAM museum (Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum) in Hood River, OR.
- Texas/New Mexico — our new addition for 2019 will be a cruise from El Paso, TX into New Mexico’s countryside with a mountain backdrop — can’t wait to see the photos!
Fall — the 3rd Saturday in September
The Minnesconsin group has held for 3 years an auxiliary Fall Cruise that is a little more on the casual side and takes a different route heading from the Stillwater, MN area to Hayward, WI to observe the beautiful fall colors and where participants stay overnight at either a local lodging establishment or at the cabin owned by two of the board member’s; Roger and Erin Quast.
Although this fall event is smaller, the impact and fundraising is growing each year with many local establishments supporting through sponsorship and in-kind donations. Erin Quast our Treasurer was a resident of the Hayward area for many years and her friends are always willing to help out.