Crowd attends 8th Annual Cars for a Cure auto show

Community By Linda Trischitta, Editor Tuesday, May 7, 2024

     On a beautiful Sunday in April in downtown Miami Lakes, people visited Main Street to see beautifully restored cars and trucks.

     The free, family-friendly 8th Annual Miami Lakes Cars for a Cure featured a pig roast and beer garden and live performances by the Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School Trojan Marching Band, as well as country music artist Ricky Valido and dance music band Mantrap, who donated their talents, organizers said. 

     Funds raised will go to Alex’s Place outpatient clinic for kids at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

     The car show and the cause receive substantial support from the business community.  Sponsors included The Graham Companies; Presidente Supermarket; Sierra Medical Center; United Healthcare; Delta Dental; FPL; Vida Custom Designs; Sedano’s; RPA K12 Governmental Consultants; Great Waste; E11even Miami; VSP Vision Care; Rendezvous For a Cure; Hialeah Gardens Police; Hialeah Police; C.E.M. Competitive Edge Media; Always at Your Side Adult Day Care; Reddy Ice; Alain Designz; Swarm; Kid’s Choice Learning Center; Gus Machado Ford; Vicky Bakery; South Florida Strategies; La Bodeguita Restaurant; Vintage Clicks Mobile Photo Booth Camper; DJ Larry Amigo; Specialty Smiles Orthodontics; Chela’s Cocteleria; The Spot Classic Barbershop; Nomad + Co.; Funky Buddha Brewery; E11even Vodka; Crazy Uncle Mike’s Brewery; Prison Pals Brewing Co.; KONA Big Wave; Johnny Cuba; Lost City Brewing Company; Wynwood Brewing; Tripping Animals Brewing; Tarpon River Brewing; La Rubia Blonde Ale; Unbranded Brewing Company; Veza Sur Brewing and Fresh Boston.

     In the first image, organizers of Miami Lakes Cars for a Cure gather next to a photo of Roberto Alonso, whose death inspired the fundraiser. Counterclockwise from left: Alexandra Alonso; Roberto Alonso III; Idania Alonso; Kaylee Mendoza; Christine Banderas; Luciano Banderas; Carolina Banderas; Oliver Alonso; Roberto (Robbie) Alonso IV; Jessica Mendoza; Mauricio Banderas; Joshua Mendoza, Jesus Mendoza and UM’s mascot, Sebastian the Ibis. Photo: Jessica Mendoza.