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Accelerate The Cure To Host Driving Tour & Car Raffle To Raise Funds For Local Alzheimer’s Community

June 8, 2022

Accelerate The Cure is hosting its 4th Annual Drive to Remember on June 18. The nonprofit is dedicated to helping the Alzheimer's community in Northern Michigan and supporting research to find treatments for dementia. The event is a socially distanced drive to both raise funds for and awareness of the disease and the toll it takes on both those suffering from it and their caregivers.

The drive starts on the back lawn of the Grand Traverse Pavilions. Gates open at 7:30am for an 8:30am departure. There are two stops, one at what is being called “the Ultimate Garage” and one at the Red Bridge in Cedar, with the conclusion of the drive at PepeNero at the Grand Traverse Commons.

Accelerate the Cure Founder Becky Hutchinson says the first stop will showcase a private car collection guaranteed to enthrall any auto enthusiast, with surprises both there and at the iconic Cedar bridge. Plein air artists from Crooked Tree Arts Center will be present at all the stops. At the drive’s conclusion, the artists’ works from the day will be on sale, and a 1974 Karmann Ghia (pictured) will be raffled off. Hammer and Dolly Auto Restorations in Traverse City has loved on this car to make it a show stopper. Raffle tickets are $100 each.

Tickets to participate in the drive are $200 per car for a driver and passenger. Additional passengers are welcome for $100 each. Funds raised from the event stay local, supporting caregivers and research to slow the progression of the disease. For raffle tickets and more information, go to the Accelerate the Cure website.


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