Kiwanis of the Rockies is hosting the 25th Annual Cruise Auto Food Show, for Wild Food Bank

They came in coups and trucks, some old and some new. Some had eye-catching paint jobs while others were patched with bondo putty.

No matter what they looked like, how they ran or how old they were, they all showed up to support an important cause: The Weld Food Bank.

On Friday, as the clouds passed over Greeley, car enthusiasts entered the parking lot at Weld Food Bank, 1108 H St. , to attend the 25th annual Kiwanis Club of the Rockies Cruise for Food.

Participants paid a small entrance fee and donated non-perishable food items to support the food bank. In the club’s 2021 show, they donated about $3,000 to Weld Food Bank.

As one of the founders of the annual Auto Show, Craig Smith has been organizing and bringing together participants and sponsors for the show since its inception. While his group has gone on to stage the show, the event is still Smith’s “baby.”

GREELEY, CO – AUGUST 05: Galloping horses decorate the interior of the hood of Mike Yost’s 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 during the Kiwanis of the Rocky Cruise for Food Annual Fundraising Gala at Wild Food Bank in Greeley on August 5, 2022. Collecting drive The donations, now in its 25th year, benefit Weld Food Bank. (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

“The day before, we were organizing a car show for United Way, and I said, ‘Why don’t we do one for the food bank? “Because we toured the food bank when it was off the railroad,” Smith said. “The first thing we did, we wanted 50 cars and got 83.”

For Kaden Mighell, 22, of Greeley, the show was an opportunity to showcase his latest project: the 1967 VW Beetle.

“I built it pretty much from the ground up a few years ago and was just trying to take a cruise and set everything up right,” he said. “My mom is part of the group doing the show tonight. It’s close enough that I won’t crash.”

Mighell plans to work on the small car’s suspension so it “drives a little straighter” and its brakes.

“The brakes are also a big thing. I need some better brakes,” Miguel said with a laugh.

Parked in tidy rows, with the hood up, the trucks open and the roof hanging down, all the different makes, models and years of cars await a throng of fans as their proud owners sat nearby, ready to tell each car’s unique story.

Created by Mane Sosa in 1969, Oldsmobile Cutlass won one of the top five cars of the show.

“I’ve had two of them before a day,” he said, “and I just had to get one more.”

GREELEY, CO - AUGUST 05: From left, Bryce Blackburn, Xavier Blackburn and Fancy Blackburn look at Manny Sosa's 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass during the Kiwanis of the Rocky Cruise for Food Annual Fundraising Gala at the Wild Food Bank Show in Greeley August 5, 2022. The fundraiser, now in its 25th year, is benefiting Weld Food Bank.  (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)
GREELEY, CO – AUGUST 05: From left, Bryce Blackburn, Xavier Blackburn and Fancy Blackburn look at Manny Sosa’s 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass during the Kiwanis of the Rocky Cruise for Food Annual Fundraising Gala at the Wild Food Bank Show in Greeley August 5, 2022. The fundraiser, now in its 25th year, is benefiting Weld Food Bank. (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

With an impeccable black paint job adorned with army green stripes and a matching interior, the Sosa ride is included as one of the top five cars of the show.

Besides the car’s great condition, it was the small details – the shiny chrome trim, the mysterious cast hanging from the driver’s mirror and the dice details on the locks and air stems – that grabbed the viewer’s attention.

While getting a place in the top five on the show was a bonus, Sosa’s main inspiration was to help support the community and the local food bank.

“I try to get involved in everything that is local,” he said.

GREELEY, CO - AUGUST 05: Mold decorates the door lock on a 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible owned by Manny Sosa during the annual fundraising event for the Kiwanis Club of the Rockies Cruise for Food at Weld Food Bank in Greeley on August 5, 2022. The fundraiser, now in its 25th year, is benefiting from Weld Food Bank.  (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)
GREELEY, CO – AUGUST 05: Mold decorates the door lock on a 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible owned by Manny Sosa during the annual fundraising event for the Kiwanis Club of the Rockies Cruise for Food at Weld Food Bank in Greeley on August 5, 2022. The fundraiser, now in its 25th year, is benefiting from Weld Food Bank. (Alex McIntyre/staff photographer)

Kiwanis Club of the Rockies is a non-profit organization and part of the Rocky Mountain area of ​​Kiwanis, which was chartered in 1918.

The club works to identify needs within its community and help support those needs through service projects, fundraising, educational opportunities, and other events.

Kiwanis clubs can be found in more than 80 countries. Each year, members host nearly 150,000 service projects and raise more than $100 million for families, communities, and projects.

For more information about Kiwanis Clubs located in Northern Colorado, go to https://bit.ly/3BHFBcA.

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