Cruise at Albion car dealership nets $800-plus for Hospice

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 August 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers  – Don Davis Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership presents a check for $842 to Hospice of Orleans on Monday evening during the season finale of the classic car cruise-in. Joe DiBella, left, organized the series. He works as the assistant service manager at the dealerhsip. Matt Davis, second from left, owns the dealerhship. He presents a check to Marsha Rivers, Hospice development director. David Green, right, is coordinator for the cruise-in participants. He suggested they donate proceeds from a 50/50 raffle to Hospice.

ALBION – A debut classic car cruise-in series at the Don Davis Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership not only attracted owners of classic cars, but raised $842 for Hospice of Orleans.

The dealership on Route 98 in Albion started a cruise-in the first Monday in June and continued it each week until last night. About 20 cars typically participated in the cruise-ins, with a high of 42. It will continue next year, said Joe DiBella, who coordinated the event each week for the dealership.

The car cruise-in participants had a 50/50 raffle and decided to donate the proceeds to Hospice. That $421 was matched by Matt Davis, owner of the dealership, for $842 total.

David Green coordinates the cruisers, and he suggested they share the proceeds with Hospice.

“It’s a great organization,” he said. “It does so much for a lot of people and they do it quietly.”

DiBella, the assistant service manager at Don Davis, said the cruise-in series proved popular. He thanked his father Russell DiBella for helping set up each week and volunteer Elizabeth Gallo for helping line up door prizes. Nineteen businesses donated prizes for the cruise in.