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Hebron hosts classic car show event on Saturday

HEBRON--Dogs and cars will meet on Saturday in a unique event focused on bringing awareness and donations for service dogs. Cars with a Cause will have its inaugural event in Hebron on Church Avenue. The charity car and vendor show will benefit S...

Stefanie Allen's love for classic cars started with her '66 Mustang. That love has grown into her wanting to start a car show in Hebron for the first time this year. The proceeds from the Cars with a Cause charity car and vendor show will benefit Service Dogs for America. (Submitted Photo)
Stefanie Allen's love for classic cars started with her '66 Mustang. That love has grown into her wanting to start a car show in Hebron for the first time this year. The proceeds from the Cars with a Cause charity car and vendor show will benefit Service Dogs for America. (Submitted Photo)

HEBRON-Dogs and cars will meet on Saturday in a unique event focused on bringing awareness and donations for service dogs.

Cars with a Cause will have its inaugural event in Hebron on Church Avenue.

The charity car and vendor show will benefit Service Dogs for America based in Jud, N.D.

The organization is not federally or state funded and relies on events and donations to keep the program running.

Jen BrodKorb, executive director of SDFA, said without these events they wouldn't be able to provide the only service dog program in the state.

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"Events like this are what keeps our doors open," she said. "Every single dollar raised goes to reinstate a person's independence through the assistance of a service dog."

The event was the brainchild of Hebron native Stefanie Allen, who wanted to do something to incorporate her love of dogs and cars.

While a junior in high school she had a 1966 Ford Mustang that she started restoring.

When Allen entered the U.S. Navy and later moved to San Diego, she kept her prized vehicle at her parents' home in Hebron where she would visit to enter car shows with her family.

From San Diego, Allen started toying with the idea of having a car show in her hometown instead of her and her family going up to 100 miles to other car shows.

"I thought instead of driving somewhere, let's just have one here so we don't have to travel," she said.

With the idea in place, Allen started planning the event more than a year ago with help from her parents.

She said she was motivated by the idea of working with the SDFA organization after learning that they provide service animals for veterans.

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The organization has more than that program, however, said BrodKorb.

Service animal programs are also used for people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder-military and non-military-mobility assistance, diabetic alert and seizure response.

Allen said her personal relationship with serving in the military and her love for her own dogs made it an easy choice.

The Bismarck Veterans Crisis Center will be one of the 40 vendors at the event to hand out information for people suffering from PTSD.

The registration cost for vendors is $15 and Allen said there is plenty of room still available is local businesses want to be involved.

Vehicles of all types and ages are welcome to participate with a $10 entry.

Allen said there will be 43 trophies awarded and more than 100 door prizes.

"There's something for everybody," she said.

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While the weather teeters with a small chance of rain, Allen said there's no way to move it indoors.

"There's no backup plan," she said. "Rain or shine, it is happening."

The event is free to the public but there will be a donation booth set up for those interested in donating to the SDFA.

"Every dollar that someone gives, they can be assured that it will go towards the dog and towards the dog making a difference in a human's life," BrodKorb said.

Allen said she has big dreams for this event and hopes to have more than $10,000 donated by the end of Saturday.

She said that number is how much it is estimated on average to cost for the training for a service dog from start to finish.

"Anything is possible," she said.

 

If you go

What: Cars with a Cause

When: Saturday

Vendor show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Car registration at 10 a.m.

Car show from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Trophy presentation at 4 p.m.

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