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They came to see the cars on Foster Road, but what they were helping out was a new local charity

DAVID F. ASHTON - Leslie Sinai showed off her newly-acquired 1922 Ford T-Bucket - which was featured in the movie American Graffiti.  Many cruise-ins are held just for fun – so folks who own classic and unique cars and trucks can gather, admire one another's vehicles, and perhaps take home a trophy.

The Foster Road Cruise-in, held on July 23 in the Junior Achievement parking lot, certainly had those elements – but also had an additional important component, said Peggy Romero of the Allstate Insurance Agency in the Foster-Powell neighborhood.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Kevin Ernst brightened the shine on the hood of his 1970 Chevy Chevelle."We're just gathering together people from around our area who are into classic cars, and enthusiasts who enjoy looking at their cars, and at the same time raising a little money for a nonprofit organization I started called 'Dream'," Romero confided to THE BEE.

"The mission of 'Dream' is to give people encouragement, mentoring, and guidance to help them realize that dreams really can come true, and they don't have to stay in the situation," Romero explained.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Franklin High School senior and hotdog cook Xavier Praza grilled up red-hots, as a fundraiser for Franklin High Athletics. She started "Dream", she said, because people kept asking her for advice and help over the years. "I'd help them 'figure things out', and get from 'where they were' to 'where they want to be'. By starting this organization, I've been able to get other good people to offer help – to more people, and in better ways."

She and her group help people learn to create a personal financial budget, get out of debt, and even buy houses, she explained. "Many people are just really discouraged, and don't realize that there is a whole world out there. We help them find it."

Learn more about "Dream" online – www.ok2dream.org

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