Dozens of classic cars put it in park at the Judd Kendall VFW in Naperville to raise money at “Cruising For A Cause”. Visitors to the inaugural event were revved up checking out some of the most iconic vehicles of the last century.
“We have gotten so used to cars just being a utility in our lives,” said Terri Stone, Naperville resident and Army veteran. “You can tell the owners of these cars put so much love and care into them and they speak about the history of our country.”
The event was organized by Kag Cagnoni. A service member himself, he wanted to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Program, which aids injured soldiers and for the National Navy UDT-Seal Museum. Inspired by car shows held in the past, Cagnoni reached out to the community and was overwhelmed by the support.
“Everything was donated,” said Cagnoni. “Food was donated, effort was donated, all by people that every time they have a good cause they come out of woodwork and help us out.”
Volunteers and visitors both young and old were treated to more than two-dozen cars that featured Mustangs, Cameros, and even a 1920 Model-T Ford.
“I look at the Cameros of yesteryear and there is no way I would trade it in for a new Camero,” said Lou Kueltzo, VFW member and classic car owner. “This car has a lot of nostalgia, a lot of class, and it’s still a muscle car.”
“We are showing our appreciation for what these guys did for our country,” said Jac Riley a Junior at Naperville North. “These are beautiful cars, and we’ve got this because we’ve defended our country.”
These autos may have impressed all those in attendance, but at this event the cause was just as impressive as the cars.
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