2012-04-26 / Business

DDA steps in to save car cruise

BY GARY GOULD
810-452-2650 • ggould@mihomepaper.com

DAVISON — Just when it looked possible the Davison Downtown Car Cruise would become a thing of the past, the Downtown Development Authority is coming to the rescue to keep the summer event going.

Word came last week that cruise organizer Helena Kramer would not be continuing with the event this year due to work obligations. This prompted the DDA to step up and take charge of the event.

A meeting will be held May 4 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 200 E. Flint St., to determine just how the DDA will be assuming control of the event and what sort of help it will need to make it work. The public, merchants and car enthusiasts are invited to attend.

Davison Mayor Tim Bishop said he’d like to see the event run through the DDA and possibly the Davison Area Chamber of Commerce. But first, he said, steps need to be taken to get the reigns on the event under control.

“We need to figure out the logistics of this thing,” he said. “DDA and Chmaber members may need to be down there on Friday nights to help coordinate the event. We need bodies there to communicate with the cruisers.”

Diane Millington, the DDA’s special events coordinator, said the meeting will be a good way to start off the cruise’s new leadership in the right direction.

“We want to invite people to the meeting the help start this off on the right foot,” she said. “We want new ideas to make this bigger and better.”

Millington said the DDA will still continue to operate the cruise’s scholarship fund as Kramer did previously.

There will also continue to be 50/50 raffles, door prizes, Car of the Week trophies and a DJ spinning tunes from the 1950s-1970s.

“This is a big event,” said Bishop. “It just needs to be polished a little.”

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