The annual cruising car show honors the memory of Scott Flahive, a Grand Haven police officer who was killed in the line of duty in 1994.
Twenty years later, the number of spectators and drivers who gather for the Scott Flahive Memorial Cruise continues to grow. One of the original organizers, Cindy Pravda, stood in the parking lot of the Driftwood Inn on Wednesday and counted 127 unique cars rolling onto the street.
“We wanted to do something to give back to the community,” Pravda said, “and (the cruise) is a great opportunity for us to do that.”
Proceeds from the event, which also includes a 50/50 raffle, benefit the Scott Flahive Memorial Fund. Kurt Pravda started the cruise 19 years ago with 50 cars. An average of $800 to $1,000 goes to the scholarship fund for criminal justice education each year, and Pravda provides goodie bags for participants to take home.
Cars drive in from all over West Michigan, Pravda said.
The stream of colorful cars revved their engines before making their way down U.S. 31 to Stanton Street in Port Sheldon Township, where folks stood at the edge of their driveways and waved to police officers and car owners.
Before the parade of cars turned from Stanton onto Lakeshore Drive, a large group stood with American flags and homemade signs, urging the drivers to honk and wave. Kristen Henry organized the get-together after she saw the cruise go by her house years before. Friends and family of Henry began gathering for the cruise and now collect a couple hundred dollars for the scholarship fund.
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