The city of Lincolnton, NC banned cruising on Main Street in the early nineties. Four local nonprofits, The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, Hesed House for Hope, The Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse, and Amy’s House against domestic violence, came together to bring back cruising for one night. Steele Rubber Products sponsored the event.
John Dancoff, Steele Rubber’s Plant Operations Manager, represented the Relay For Life Team.
For one night, individuals could show cars for $25 each or make a $3 donation to purchase a car magnet that entitled them to cruise all they wanted for the evening. Food and refreshments were sold and music from all the different cruising eras was played over the speakers in downtown, Lincolnton. The event was especially enjoyed by the younger children who have never experienced what it was like to “cruise main street back in the day”.
The cruise raised just over $6000 giving each of the groups $1500 for their causes. The response and public reaction was great. It was determined that Cruising For a Cause will be an annual event.
John Dancoff is the Plant Operations Manager for Steele Rubber Products. He has been with Steele Rubber for over 20 years. He and his wife Cindy, who also works for Steele Rubber, have four children. John is also a volunteer with The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and is a member of their North Carolina State Task Force.