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Car show raising funds for CVHS Sober Grad Night
Central Valley High School will be tapping into Americans' love affair with cars in an effort to raise funds for its Sober Grad Night.

The CVHS Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) will host Saturday's first annual Car Show in the front parking lot, corner of Central Avenue and Service Road.

The PTC hopes to generate between $5,000 to $6,000 for the event, said event organizer Michiko Escobedo.

Sober Grad Night will be held in June to coincide with the graduation and give graduating seniors a safe alternative to alcohol parties.

Hot rods, classics, imports, motorcycles and trucks are expected to be displayed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As of Wednesday the club generated 30 entries. Escobedo expects more than 70 entries.

Anyone wanting to show off their vehicle may register as late as the event. The fee is $20 if signed up prior to the event, $25 on the day of the show.

Students will be judging the cars, said Escobedo. Students will also be given a kick-off show on Friday to generate enthusiasm for the show.

The club will also be selling food items, such as tri-tip sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos and snow cones, and raffle tickets for a myriad of prizes.

"We have a lot of raffle prizes donated already," said Escobedo. "We're hoping to sell tons of raffle tickets."

A special commemorative T-shirt has been issued and will be sold for $15 at the show.

Entertainment will also be offered, including an Elvis impersonator and entertainment by Ceres Karate, Ceres Saints Cheerleaders and the school Band. A bounce house will be set up.

The show was the idea of Bobbie Ramsdell, PTC vice president.

"I was raised as a car show daughter," she noted.

To register for the show, persons may call Sheri LoForti at 480-1075, or Escobedo at 581-3389. Or they may be contacted by email. LoForti may be reached at while Escobedo may be reached at

Dick LoForti was one of those early sign-ups. He will be bringing his red 1939 Chevy two-door sedan. He bought it three years ago and enjoys taking it to the approximately 14 to 15 shows per year.

"When I was a kid my dad had a '39, gun metal grey. I remember it. I suppose this is my way of remembering him."

On Saturday he will be on hand to answer questions.

"It's got a 383 stroke motor. It runs fast."