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Car show donation aids Lathrop youth programs
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LATHROP – Every year at the end of spring, representatives of the Modesto Area Street Rod Association go before the Lathrop City Council bearing gifts.

The gift is a check of several thousand dollars. This year, the check they presented was a $2,550 donation to the city Parks and Recreation Department’s youth programs. Accepting the gift on behalf of the city was Parks and Rec supervisor Gabe Goulart.

The donation came from money that was raised by the association during their annual car meet held in Lathrop. It is the group’s way of showing their thanks and appreciation to the city for allowing them to stage their annual spring extravaganza of custom, classic and other collectible cars plus a plethora of music and vendors of all kinds at one of the parks in Lathrop.

In the last 17 years, the association held the event at Manuel Valverde Park on Fifth Street during the first 14 years. The last three shows have taken place at the Apolinar Sangalang Park behind Joseph Widmer, Jr. Elementary School in the Stonebridge subdivision on North Harlan Road.

Goulart said the money will go to the Parks and Rec’s Youth Scholarship Fund. He said that before the association makes the donation presentation, the group always asks the city what program or activity would benefit the most from the donation.

“They asked us where we want the donation to go,” Goulart said.

Dave Cahill who, along with fellow Street Rod Association member Bill Grieve, made the check presentation at a recent council meeting.

“We have donated over $40,000 to the city in the last 17 years,” Cahill said.

“They’re great people,” Goulart said of the generous association members.