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Avon father and son start “cruise-in” to benefit honor flights

A new “cruise-in” event in Avon continues to grow since its inception earlier this year. At its most recent event, over 100 cars showed up, doubling participation in a few short months.

“We thought maybe the first year if we had 50 or 60 cars, it would be successful,” Bob Hale said. “Last Saturday we had 104 cars and many more spectators.”

It has taken a joint effort from Bob Hale, and his son, Bob Hale Jr., to organize the weekly event. But it was Hale Jr., said his father, who came up with the idea because he wanted to raise money for Indy Honor Flights.

The Hales hold a 50/50 drawing at each event with half the proceeds going to the winner, and the other half going towards Indy Honor Flight. The organization has taken notice and sends two or three volunteers each week to raise awareness and show its support of the event.

The Summer Cruise In is not a competition and open to everyone.

“Whatever you want to bring,” Hale Sr. said. “We have all kind of cars there, new and old…”

There is no cost to attend Summer Cruise-In, which meets every Saturday (weather permitting), 6-9 p.m., in the Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot in Avon, 7893 E US Hwy 36. Concessions are available for purchase with all proceeds going to Indy Honor Flights.

For more information, or to see videos of past Summer Cruise-In events, visit facebook.com/avonsummercruisein.

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