Cruisin’ for a Cause


BALDWIN PARK, CA — On Saturday, April 29, BPHS held its second annual car show to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

“The whole event was fun. The cars looked nice, the food was good, and it was a unique experience,” commented junior volunteer Joaquin Miranda.

The car show was first started in honor of Isaac Mendiola, who was battling colon cancer. Unfortunately, he lost his battle this past summer, but was still supported by all of his family, friends, and the Baldwin Park High School community. Despite such a tragedy, BPHS still came together one more year to raise funds for others in need.

The committee consisted of school employees Clayton West, Mike Hernandez, Margarita Milnes, and 2016 alumni Juan Santiago. Many clubs sold different food items and they agreed to donate 50% or more to the charity. The most successful seller of the day was Studio 409 and their tacos. The club decided to generously donate half of their earnings. Clubs such as MECHA, Vanguard, Photo, and Psychology were also present, selling items such as cookies, pizza, and Arizonas.

The main attraction at the car show was obviously the cars. Car owners were required to pay a $25 registration fee. The cars were placed in the lower half of the school’s parking lot, with dozens showing up and filling up the area. There were a variety of cars present, although the most popular seemed to be the Volkswagen bug. The car owners stayed at the event, setting up lawn displays and talking to anyone interested in their cars.

BP’s racing team also set up their own tent. They showcased some amazing cars, including alumni Ralph Castaneda’s Lamborghini and Isaac Mendola’s Nissan 350z.

“It was great volunteering because I got to work with food and helping the people who could make the car show possible and help raise some money for the American Cancer Society in any way I could,” shared Miranda.

Throughout the day, BPHS students and BP residents came out to support the clubs, the cause, and to look at some classic and impressive cars. Clubs were able to raise money for both their activities and for the American Cancer Society. Hopefully, this tradition is here to stay.

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