We're always in search of good times for good causes, and this weekend's Cruiser Palooza 2014 in Delray Beach, Fl., is primed to deliver.
For those new to the Cruise Bogle story, he was skim boarding as a 19-year-old when he fell awkwardly and suffered a serious spinal cord injury that left him in a wheel chair.
That was about seven years ago, and in the years following the accident the Delray Beach community rallied around the youth.
Cruiser Palooza has become an annual event that the South Florida town embraces. This year's version will be held at the Delray Beach Playhouse on Saturday from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Why should anyone go?
For starters, the Bogles are a great family - as all the support they've received from the community clearly indicates. But setting aside the good cause for a moment, look at all the fun being offered at Cruiser Palooza.
Bands like The Funkabilly Playboys (a bizarre, funky treat unto themselves), Bushwood, No Strings Attached and The People Upstairs will provide the entertainment. Plenty of food and beer will be available. And then there's the silent auction.
More than 100 items will be available for bidders, and they include getaways to resorts in the Florida Keys and Naples, tickets to a Florida Atlantic University football game (FAU has an up-and-coming football program and a beautiful stadium), the ability to throw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game at Roger Dean Stadium, plus dozens of restaurant values. Cruiser Palooza '14 goers can also enter a raffle to win a paddleboard customized with artwork by Bogle.
Attendees are encouraged to donate $35 as they enter the event. Last year, Cruiser Palooza raised more than $40,000 for Bogle's care. Could they crack the $50,000 mark this year? (Bogle spends $36,000 alone on a yearly gym membership for physical therapy after his spinal cord injury - a cost that isn't covered by insurance).
"He's just the most amazing person. You can't believe that's he's persevered," said Kristi Vick, Bogle's cousin and the event coordinator. "Come out and show support for Cruise and his family, who have gone through the biggest test you can go through in life and still manage to come out smiling."
Care To Click is taking Vick's advice. We'll be there and hope to see many Care To Click members there, too. Those who can't make it to Cruiser Palooza should at least visit the CarePage that benefits Bogle. It features coupons, special offers and the innovative Care To Search function that allows on-line shoppers to have a portion of their purchases benefit Bogle. It's a place where simple actions can make a positive impact on a person's life.
Also, be sure to check out the Care To Click Children's page to donate a free click or print useful coupons. At CareToClick.com, users' small actions prompt our donations to organizations that benefit children's causes.