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Dealership, club team up for Havis' Kids

Staff Photo by L.A. Story

Magnolia Car Club President Michael Mann (from left), Havis’ Kids representative Lane Bryant and Long Lewis Ford Internet Manager Amber McGill advertise Saturday’s Cruise in at Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center to benefit Havis’ Kids.

By L.A. Story lastory@dailycorinthian.com

Magnolia Car Club has teamed up with Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center to host a Cruise In to benefit Havis' Kids.

There will be a Cruise In with Magnolia Car Club from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center, 1500 South Harper Road, in Corinth.

Visitors can come by and enjoy the variety of cars and there will be raffle items, door prizes and lunch for the participants, said Long Lewis Ford Internet Manager Amber McGill.

"This year we will have two raffle items. We will have a cooler and a Lowe's gift card," said McGill. "Then, we'll do door prizes -- we'll have free oil changes, free car washes and usually we have hats and car kit cleanup buckets. We'll have a few things going for us and we'll have hot dogs and hamburgers for Cruise In participants."

For participants, the registration fee is only $15 and this year the proceeds for the event will benefit Havis' Kids.

"We are glad to get to do this for Havis' Kids this year," said Magnolia Car Club President Michael Mann.

The Magnolia Car Club has a history of helping the community.

The club began as the Magnolia Antique Car Club in August, 1967, as a support group for the local old car hobbyists, according to information from Mann.

The founding members, Billy and Carol Briggs, remain active members after over 50 years. It is the oldest car club in the area and for several decades has provided a relaxed social atmosphere and a way for area car fans to have a positive impact on their community.

Quick Lane also has a history of helping the community from its very beginning.

"The reason we do this is that, when Quick Lane first opened, we wanted to do a kick off, and we've just carried on the tradition ever since," explained McGill. "This is actually our fourth year doing this, but it's my third year being involved. Each year we've done a fundraiser for a different organization. I think my first year, it was for the animal shelter, the second year we did one for Pinevale and this year we're doing it for Havis' Kids."

Havis' Kids fundraisers will help pay for at least 20 special needs children, and one parent for each child, to go to Disney World.

Overall, there will be about 130 people going on the trip, which is set for Oct. 6 through 13. Money raised before the trip will include trip expenses and admission fees to the park, but also at least $300 spending money for each special needs child.

(Registration for participating car will be $15. For more information regarding the Cruise In, call 662-286-4988.)