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Saturday car show to gather aid for victims of tornadoes

(ran GB edition)

In an effort to aid the Tampa Bay victims of last week's tornadoes, local performers will stage a music benefit Saturday night.

Dr. Chuck Stevens, host of WYUU (U-92) FM's Breakfast With the Beatles program, will emcee a Benefit Car Show, to be held at the Burger King restaurant in the Builder's Square shopping center, 11021 U.S. 19 S., Clearwater. The event begins at 7 p.m. and admission is free.

The benefit will combine Steven's weekly "Cruisin' Saturday Nite" antique and custom auto show with performances by Elvis impersonator Ron Olson, a capella group the Lords and Ladies of Flatbush, and appearances by other artists.

In addition to the entertainment, there will be clowns and games for children, a 50-50 raffle, and an opportunity for auto enthusiasts to check out about 250 of the area's coolest classic cars and trucks.

Half the proceeds from the raffle will benefit tornado victims, and donations of clothing, food and money are also being accepted at the event.

"This is the largest continuing Saturday night happening in the bay area," Stevens said of the car show. "When we raised money for the Hurricane Andrew relief fund, we had an incredible turnout."

For Ken Thomas, manager of the Burger King sponsoring the event, the recent tornado tragedy hit close to home. "We were within a mile of the destruction, and some of our employees were directly affected by this," he said. "So we're going to direct some of the proceeds to the trailer parks that were damaged, but eventually we'll determine who gets priority."

Stevens, who will be spinning records by oldies artists such as the Beach Boys and the Temptations, is also donating a gold record award by Jan and Dean from his personal collection for the charity auction.

For information, contact Ken Thomas at 572-1959.