Live music, families having fun and some excellent cars, trucks, off-road vehicles and motorcycles made for an exciting evening at Clare’s City Park.
This year over 450 kids, families, volunteers and community partners turned out at Mid Michigan Community Action’s annual fatherhood event and car show to provide families with a free, fun, informative evening of activities, resources and exciting vehicles.
Children and parents kept busy with car and racing themed games, rousing entertainment from local musician, Matt Moore. Community resources were also a large part of the evening. According to a survey 79 families found information that they would use to help their family.
Parents were able to take their children through the Michigan Child Identification Program (MIChip) generously provided by the Clare Masonic Lodge. Parents received a CD with their child’s picture, information, video recording and fingerprints as well as a take-home dental imprint and DNA kit. The program is meant to increase child safety in the case the child is ever missing.
“We are definitely excited about this year’s turnout for ‘Hot Wheels’,” Joleen Golden, Mid Michigan Community Action Early Childhood Services Director, said. “The goal of these events is to bring families closer together, and the increased attendance shows we are doing that.”
Community organizations were heavily involved in this year’s “Hot Wheels” event. The Masons provided the MIChip service, musician Matt Moore provided music, D&R Auto provided Sno-Cones; and others provided information, games and resources. The Clare Moose Lodge provided the food services.
“We are so happy to have the support of so many community organizations,” Golden said. “These events would not be possible without their support.”
Hot Wheels sponsors and organizers included: Mid Michigan Community Action, United Way of Clare County, John Q. Look Masonic Lodge No. 404, Cancer Services, Chippewa Nature Center, Clare Parks and Recreation, D&R Auto, Matt Moore, Clare Moose Lodge, Vic’s Grocery, Clare Police Department, Mid Michigan Community College, First Student Transportation and Pere Marquette District Library.