‘Drive to Survive’

Car, bike show to benefit local chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Lazy J Saloon is hosting the “Drive to Survive” Car and Bike Show Saturday to benefit AFSP of Central Missouri.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. with judging starting at 4 p.m. and a trophy ceremony at 5 p.m. at Lazy J (formerly Doc and Rays) located at 221 County Road 371 in Holts Summit. Registration is $10 per vehicle.

Lazy J Saloon co-owner John Johnson said he has received positive feedback on the event and expects anywhere from 40-100 participants.

The event also will include a 50/50 drawing, a bikini car/bike wash, a DJ during the car and bike show with a live band slated to perform after the trophy ceremony and food and drinks.

“There is going to be a little bit of everything,” Johnson said.

Melody Seiger with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention of Central Missouri said there also will be a bounce house, a dunking booth and activities and games for children throughout the day.

“We thought this would be a fun fundraiser to do and a way to reach out to community members,” Seiger said. “We’re hoping to have a good turnout.”

Seiger said the group’s goal is to raise at least $3,000 which will go toward things like the local International Survivors of Suicide Day, school programs, college campus programs, community support groups, sending advocates to Washington, D.C., training facilitators and the Out of the Darkness Walk in September.

“The more money we raise, the more we can do,” Seiger said. “Come out and enjoy the day — it’s a fun, light-hearted event to raise money for a great cause and get awareness up in the community.”

Johnson also encouraged area residents to attend the “Drive to Survive.”

“It’s for a good, local charity,” he said. “I just want to see a lot of people turn out to support the charity because that’s what it’s all about.”

For more information, contact Johnson at (573) 220-5630 or Nikki Thomas at nene2576@gmail.com.

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