A great day of friendship, food and fun were had at the Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association’s Volunteer Thank You and Desert Cancer Foundation Check Presentation event on March 21, 2015. This wonderful day was well represented by close to 75 volunteers and Desert Cancer Foundation Board Members and staff. The common theme shared amongst those in attendance was how appreciative all involved were to help raise a record setting $65,000.00 for Desert Cancer Foundation at the 13th Annual Dr. George Car Show on February 14, 2015 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The car show is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Sebastian George co-founder of Desert Cancer Foundation, who was a nationally-prominent cancer researcher and locally-beloved oncologist who often worked for free to help patients who could not afford medical care. The first show was in 2003 and attracted 400 cars and this year’s show had close to 1,000 stunning cars and approximately 8,000 car enthusiasts in attendance.
The Dr. George Car Show is hosted and executed by the all-volunteer efforts of special members of the non-profit Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association. This car club has been in existence since 1987 and has over 400 members. Its primary accomplishments are staging charitable car shows and promoting camaraderie among car enthusiasts not only in the Coachella Valley, but throughout Southern California. The idea for the Dr. George grew from one Palm Springs Cruisin’ Association member, Yvonne McKenzie’s, gratitude, to the doctor for helping her beat cancer. Shortly after the doctor's death, she encouraged her fellow members that it would be a fitting tribute to his memory to organize an annual charity car show, with the proceeds donated to the Desert Cancer Foundation.
"The Dr. George is not just a car show…it is a work of heart."
Photography by Cesar Rodriguez