Gresham VFW Aux car show celebrates new clinic
Gresham veterans brought the community together for an afternoon of classic cars, donations for worthy causes and a celebration for a new clinic in downtown Gresham serving seniors and veterans with wraparound compassion.
Cars & Cans was held Sunday afternoon, Sept. 18, by the Gresham VFW Auxiliary Post 180 at the Enliven Clinic at Gresham Square, corner of Eastman Parkway and Burnside Road.
The event was almost scuttled, but at the eleventh hour the Mt. Hood Mustangs and Fords Club came to the rescue. After the initial car club pulled out due to member burnout from other car shows this month, the Gresham VFW Aux was left without any vehicles to showcase. But after some frantic phone calls days before the event, the Mt. Hood Club came through, as did drivers from Portland Cars and Coffee and Cascade Station Car Club.
"They all came and rescued us," Pat West of the VFW Auxiliary said.
Visitors checked out more than a dozen cars while learning about the clinic, which was opened in January through a partnership between Humana and the Vancouver Clinic.
"This is our first foray into Gresham and the Portland-metro area," said Jesse Gomez, marketing president for Humana.
The Enliven Clinic is a team-based approach to health care with a focus on senior residents. The space hosts classes like "Heart Healthy Plates;" has community space for puzzles, reading and conversations; and has a robust program for veterans. Learn more online at enliven.tvc.org
This is the second year in a row Humana has backed Gresham veterans, and the first-ever car show for the Auxiliary.
"Joining an event like this is about bringing the community together, supporting our veterans and also highlighting this new clinic," Gomez said.
In addition to the partnership with Humana, both Dutch Bros Coffee and JR Furniture also supported the event.
"These partnerships helps give us a bigger presence and continue to support local veterans," West said.
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