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Last Cruise Revved Up and Ready to Go

by and on July 26, 2014 2:00 PM

Gentlemen, start your engines — it's time for the annual Last Cruise.

The Last Cruise Car and Motorcycle Show is a fundraiser for the Centre County Youth Service Bureau.

Last year, the cruise brought in over $15,000. YSB is hoping to top that in 2014.

YSB, located at 325 W. Aaron Dr. in State College operates 14 distinct programs serving kids and families. Programming includes community-based prevention, family counseling, shelters and group homes.

One of the best-known programs at YSB is the Big Brothers Big Sisters. BBBS helps children ages five through 17 connect with an adult mentor. The youth benefit from having another caring person in their life to take them on outings and show positive attitudes and habits.

This year, sponsors of the Last Cruise include Centre Concrete, The Hulburt Family, Forever Broadcasting, Froggy 101,WRSC FM 103, 93.7 The Bus, 1450 AM, 1390 AM, Majic 99, Auto Connection and Auto Locator.

Co-Chairs of the event are Dave Dix of Dix Honda and Dan Workman.

“We have expanded this year from 50 vehicles to 75 and we will line a little more of Allen Street from College Avenue to Foster,” Dix says.

Dix has been a part of the Last Cruise for more than 20 years. It has grown by leaps and bounds during that time.

Cruisers are invited to meet up with fellow cruisers at Stocker Chevrolet from noon to 4:30 p.m. At 4:30, drivers will go cruising through downtown State College until 6. Everyone is invited to participate in the Cruise.

According to Andrea Boyles, CEO of YSB, a committee of 12 people has worked since January to prepare for the Last Cruise.

There will also be live entertainment this year. Your Dad's Friends, an oldies band, will play in front of the municipal building beginning at 2 p.m.

The participants in the “Best of the Best” car show on Allen Street in downtown State College are proud to be there. This show is by invitation only. There is no entry fee. The cruisers are selected based on their success in other competitions and by the quality of their vehicles. The committee will give all pre-selected competitors a commemorative shirt and dash plaque. A team of judges will choose the winners.

There will be one Youth Choice Award and One Crowd Favorite.

Kristin Dann of YSB will be at the registration table on the day of the Last Cruise. Stop by and talk with her about all that the Youth Service Bureau does and learn more about the annual fundraiser.

Last Cruise Schedule of Events:

  •  Noon-1 p.m. — Registration on Allen Street
  •  Noon-4 p.m.— Kids Zone Activities
  •  1-4 p.m. — Best of the Best Show
  •  2-4 p.m. — Live entertainment, Your Dad's Friends
  •  4 p.m. — Awards
  •  4:30-6 p.m. — Cruise around downtown State College

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This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.


Connie Cousins covers Centre County for the Gazette.
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