Cruizin' For Life Car Show & Parade  Santa Maria Sept.26 & 27, 2009 


Welcome to Cruzin’ for Life 2009, a car festival celebrating cancer survivors and their families. Your participation raises funds for Marian Cancer Center and the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. The Marian Cancer Center fund assists cancer patients while they are undergoing treatment, as many of them are not able to work. They must continue to pay rent, utility bills, transportation costs, food and other household expenses while suffering the fatigue, pain and emotional strain normally incurred as a course of treatment. The American Cancer Society funds a Cruzin for Life Young Survivor Scholarship and the campaign for research.


CAR SHOW – The Cruzin’ for Life Car Show is unique in that every car has the capability of being one of the “Top Twelve Finalist”. Cancer survivors select the “Top Twelve” and their criteria has no rules or guidelines other than they must not know the owner. From this group the “Grand Champion” is selected by Marian Cancer Center & American Cancer Society.


For those entrants who would like to display their car at the Burnouts on Sunday, you are more than welcomed to return. All you need do is place your registration card on the dash at Gate 5. Your car will be displayed at a prominent viewing area. In addition, you will receive one spectator ticket to watch the burnouts.



DINNER & AUCTION – Cruzin' for Life puts together a delicious dinner including the famous Santa Maria style BBQ featuring Tri Tip, Chicken, Pinquito Beans, Bread, Salsa, Gourmet Green Salad, Potatoes and Dessert. There are also 2 full service no-host bars serving beer, wine, and well drinks. With live music and KCOY-TV’s Jim Byrne emceeing the event, it’s a hard package to beat at $30.  Please check the Cruzin’ for Life t-shirt booth for ticket availability.


The Cruzin’ for Life auction portion of the event is both exciting and extremely crucial. The auction committee works very hard to present a combination of fun, unique and practical offerings.  The 200+ items presented in the Silent and Live Auctions are donated by very generous individuals and businesses.  Please take a few minutes while scoping out the tables or viewing the program, to see who the donors are. Without these contributors our annual donation to the Marian Cancer Center and American Cancer Society would not happen. If the opportunity presents itself, please take a minute to thank the donors or even better, patronize their business, appreciation goes a long way.


After dinner and auction, end the evening dancing to the “American Graffiti” music of the STINGRAYS, as they perform the classics of the 50’s and 60’s.


PARADE & CRUISE – The Parade and Cruise is getting bigger every year.  Information as to the speed and other requirements will be discussed at the drivers meeting just before we start the cruise.  The cruise leaves the fair grounds and turns left onto Thornburg, then right onto Morrison.   Next is a left turn onto Broadway.  Proceed down Broadway until instructed to make a U turn to the Parade/Cruise start lineup.  Once the parade/cruise starts, the cruise is basically a circle back and forth on Broadway. The pickup and drop off point for the survivors is in the Santa Maria Inn parking lot. To pickup /drop off, turn right off Broadway at the main entrance of the Inn , and you will be guided from there.

If you want to stop and chat or just dig the cars during the cruise, please pull into the middle turn lane. When you want to continue, please signal, look and pull out slowly the way you are pointing, back into the flow of the cruise. Do not try to pull out across traffic. Cruzin’ for Life personnel, in Orange and Green vests will be there to help with any problems and to help keep the cruise moving. Please give them every courtesy and follow their instructions, as they are only there to make it a great cruise.




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