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Vancouver car show to aid homelessless nonprofit, church

Annual event to feature activities for kids, families

By Mia Ryder-Marks, Columbian staff reporter
Published: July 25, 2023, 6:30pm
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On Saturday, Living Hope Church and Thrive2Survive will hosts its second annual car show. Proceeds will go toward the church and nonprofit.
On Saturday, Living Hope Church and Thrive2Survive will hosts its second annual car show. Proceeds will go toward the church and nonprofit. (Photo contributed by Brian Norris) Photo Gallery

Rev your engines and support those in need.

On Saturday, the second annual “Show the Love” car show will take place, hosted by Living Hope Church and homeless outreach nonprofit Thrive2Survive. All proceeds from the event will go toward relieving homelessness and substance use in Clark County.

The event will take place at Living Hope Church at 2711 N.E. Andresen Road.

The car show began last year, with the church and nonprofit joining forces to bring awareness to and raise money for the community organizations that are helping those experiencing homelessness.

“There is obviously a growing need in our community for (outreach) services, and we just want to bring awareness to that and raise money in a fun way,” said Brian Norris, outreach pastor for Living Hope Church.

The event showcases vehicles from class automobiles, lowriders to motorcycles. Interested participants can register their ride Saturday morning at the church. Participants will also compete for the “Best in Show” trophy.

If you go

What: Benefit car show.

When: 10 a.m. to
1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Living Hope Church,  2711 N.E. Andresen Road, Vancouver.

Tickets:
Event is free.

Registration: $20 per vehicle entry for car show.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. The car show is a family-friendly event, with kids’ activities like face painting and a water slide, as well as food vendors and a car wash.

All proceeds will go toward the church’s homelessness outreach efforts and Thrive2Survive’s Sonya Fund. The Sonya Fund provides funding for funerals or celebration of life costs for loved ones who have lost their lives to addiction or homelessness.

“Every person I run into is touched by addiction or homelessness some way, everyone knows (someone),” said Charles Hanset, founder of Thrive2Survive. “It’s going to take our community members coming together to invest in the community.”

Hanset said that the event is made possible by donations from the Dick Hannah dealership and Thrive2Survive’s Rori Dicker.

“It’s not just about Living Hope Church or Thrive2Survive,” said Norris. “It’s about all of us coming together and filling each other’s gaps because we’re going to make a bigger impact that way.”

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