Cruising For Charity in Brevard County: Mopars

Cruisin’ For Charity in Brevard County: MoparsRecently I had a fun evening going to the Mopars of Brevard at the Hammock Landing Shopping Center in West Melbourne.

Shirley Darby is the driving force behind this group along with her close colleague Penny Anderson.  This club has provided over $25,000 since 2009 to fight hunger in Brevard … and it’s all while they’re having fun.

Monthly, they gather in a shopping center parking lot and will have anywhere from 150 to 300 cars on display. They originally started with about 50 cars and continue to grow. They range from Fords, Chevys and Studebakers from the 1940s, 50s and 60s all the way through to new Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs.

Throw in a few hot rods and classic pickup trucks and you have quite the show. For those of you who are Baby Boomers (and a bit older) it is a very neat trip down a nostalgic road when cars were made of heavy gauge steel, tons of chrome and loads of character.

All of this happens with great music, a laid back atmosphere and even a few trivial pursuit games and a series of door prizes. Local stores and merchants participate as well including Five Guys, Discount Tire, Kohl’s, Design Graphics and so many more.

It continues to amaze me that there are countless ways to fight hunger. Who would’ve thought that a car show would do so? Creativity abounds. It works! And works very well!

At Second Harvest, we’re pleased to show that every donated dollar is stretched. For every dollar donated, we distribute $9.00 worth of groceries. And we ensure the food gets to the people most in need.

Last year alone, we distributed enough food for approximately 3 million meals in Brevard County, thanks to the wonderful support from people like Shirley, Penny, the local businesses and individuals that participate each month.

So folks, cruise on out to end hunger. This event takes place on the third Thursday of each month at Hammock Landing Shopping Center. Looking to get involved? Please contact Val Carl at or via phone at 321-733-1600.

Thank You!


Dave Krepcho

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