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Cruise for the Cause Chula Vista: A Fun Day for a Great local charity

Cruise for the Cause Chula Vista

This past Sunday, the Cruise for the Cause Chula Vista event rolled into Otay Ranch Town Center, drawing car enthusiasts from all over San Diego. This annual event, a beloved tradition since 2006, showcases low-riders, classic cars, bikes, and motorcycles, all for a worthy cause: supporting the Emilio Nares Foundation.

The Cruise for the Cause Chula Vista’s Evolution

Xavier the X-Man from Magic 92.5 started this event to bring the community together while raising funds for children battling cancer. This year, the event took place on June 30th, a shift from its usual August date. With over 400 cars registered, the turnout was impressive, creating a lively and vibrant atmosphere.

If you love low-riders, then this was your event

San Diego’s low-rider community showed up in full force, displaying their beautifully customized vehicles. Attendees could admire a diverse array of cars, bicycles, and motorcycles. The event wasn’t just about the cars, though. Live music from local artists, dancing, and various local vendors added to the festive spirit.

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There were so many beautiful classic cars & low-riders at the event, it was hard to pick a favorite.

Supporting a Worthy Cause

A highlight of the day was when Xavier took the stage to thank local car clubs for their generous donations to the Emilio Nares Foundation. Elsa Morales-Roth, the foundation’s Executive Director, shared insights into their critical work. The foundation provides invaluable support to low-income families navigating their child’s cancer diagnosis, including offering “Emilio’s Snack Bags” to children undergoing chemotherapy.

Here is a great video about the program with Xavier the X-Man himself

An Impressive Fundraising Effort

This year’s event raised over $100,000 for the Emilio Nares Foundation. These funds will help provide free transportation services and other essential support to children battling cancer and their families. The generosity of the community was truly heartwarming.

Visit the program’s website to learn more about how you can help. It also has information on contacting them in case you or someone you know needs its services.

Community Testimonials and Highlights

A Chula Vista resident, Maria expressed her surprise and delight at discovering the event. “I didn’t know this was going on right here in my own backyard. It’s amazing to see all these beautiful cars.”

Our very own Kurt Bunch from Chula Vista Living was also present, capturing photos and videos and even chatting with Xavier about the event’s impact. “It’s fantastic; I love attending this event yearly and supporting Xavier. Thankfully, it’s not as hot as it was last year, so I think more people turned out to see it.”

Elsa Morales-Roth, the Emilio Nares Foundation Executive Director, was also blown away by the size of the event. She has worked for the foundation for only six months, so this was her first time attending the event. “To see all these people and the love for Xavier & our organization is amazing. I had heard about this event, but seeing it and being here is shocking; I love it.”

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Kurt Bunch of Chula Vista Living spoke with Elsa Morales-Roth of the Emilio Nares Foundation and learn more about the program and how events like this help.

Don’t miss Cruise for the Cause 2025; stay tuned for updates

If you missed this year’s Cruise for the Cause Chula Vista, mark your calendar for the Cruise for the Cause 2025 event. You can follow us on social media, sign up for our newsletter, or visit the official website for upcoming details. This community-driven event is a testament to the power of coming together for a cause, and we can’t wait to see it grow even more.

Remember, your participation and donations make a difference. Visit the Emilio Nares Foundation’s website to learn more about their programs and how you can help. Let’s keep the spirit of giving alive in Chula Vista!

Amanda Contreras

Amanda, hailing from the vibrant city of Chula Vista, embodies the spirit of adventure and exploration. With a Journalism degree from Southwestern College under her belt, she possesses a keen eye for captivating stories and a deep appreciation for the community that shaped her. Whether she's basking in the lively ambiance of a local dog park or savoring the joyful moments with friends at her go-to happy hour haven, Amanda's zest for life and her city shines through. Her passion for uncovering the hidden gems of Chula Vista and her commitment to storytelling make her a unique voice and a beloved figure among those who know her.