Vlasman’s Cruisin’ for a Trigger occasion raises cash for accessible playground, persevering with mission of giving

So he decided to donate the proceeds of his annual cruisin ‘for a cause car show and auction event on Saturday to the Kiwanis Club’s plan to build an inclusive, accessible playground on Lake Mitchell.

“It breaks me to know that some children cannot play in a playground. I thought the Kiwanis Club project was an incredible project this year as it will create a park for the kids who need it to play, ”said Vlasman as he handed out trophies to the top performers at Saturday’s auto show Thirsty.

The facilities of the barrier-free playground include a swing raft and a seesaw as well as a music area and a swing bench, all of which are accessible to people with disabilities. To meet playground accessibility standards, a concrete path would extend from the sidewalk into the playground and the woodchip surface would allow wheelchair and other bicycle transport devices to navigate the playground.

According to the designs, the playground would be built alongside the existing swing and play area in the center of Kiwanis Woodlot Park to encourage a more inclusive environment in the area. The $ 64,000 playground is part of Mitchell’s Kiwanis Club’s 100th anniversary. While the club is already raising money to complete the project by 2022, Vlasman’s auto show and auction will give a nice boost to the playground’s construction.

Each year, Vlasman selects a local or regional nonprofit or community member facing health problems to donate the proceeds of its annual auto shows. This year, however, the plan for a barrier-free playground emerged as a “meaningful and effective” community project that he wanted to contribute to making it a reality.

“Every child needs a playground to play with. Playing outside with friends is so important to youth as it is where some of the best childhood memories are made, ”said Vlasman. “We will use the proceeds from our event to buy some of the play equipment that you need for this playground.”

The Cruisin ‘for a Cause Auto Show and Auction on Saturday was the eighth annual event to be held in August. The event brings in more than $ 7,000-10,000, along with related donations from other local organizations that campaigned behind Vlasman’s community-oriented events.

While the auto show – which includes a silent auction, darts tournaments, games, and live music – draws large crowds each year, Vlasman hosts other similar events in the community and surrounding towns with the same mission of supporting good causes and organizations .

In recent years, his auto and motorcycle shows have helped bring over 30 beds to the Mitchell Area Safehouse and support a child receiving a critical kidney transplant, to name a few of the good causes he supports.

“Every year we find the people and organizations who need help most in their work. We helped a three year old boy who needed money for a kidney transplant, helped the SafeHouse remodel his living room, bought him new mattresses, ”said Vlasman.

Cruisin ‘for a Cause was founded about a decade ago to help disadvantaged families and those with basic necessities and to raise awareness about the prevention of flu and H1N1, also known as swine flu, after Vlasman’s near-death experience of swine flu from whom he fell Miraculously recovered in 2014. As Vlasman’s organization has grown over the years, it has transformed into a variety of good charitable causes.

Although Vlasman’s Cruisin ‘for a Cause has evolved over the years, its mission remains the same: to help those who need it most and to help the groups that share the same mission.

“That’s what this organization is about,” he said. “I’m so proud of the community support that Cruisin ‘for a Cause has received, and it shows that we all want to make the community a better place by helping those who need it most.”