Taylor Chevy’s Cruze In for a Cause to benefit the Red Cross

logoTAYLOR — Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas, and now Hurricane Irma is headed for Florida. With many Americans facing tough times, Taylor Chevrolet and the city of Taylor are partnering to raise money for the American Red Cross during the annual Cruze In for a Cause Sept. 14.

The event is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. The dealership is at 13801 Telegraph Road.

Cruze In for a Cause usually directly benefits local emergency responders like police and fire departments, but Taylor Chevrolet General Manager Mark Montante and Mayor Rick Sollars agreed that any money raised in this year’s event would be best used by an organization like the Red Cross, given the problems many people are facing because of natural disasters.

The planning for the event is under way. Members of the Taylor Police and Fire departments will be in attendance, along with selected vehicles.

There will be plenty of fun during the “Cruze.” CBS 98.7 AMP Radio will be on site, along with Krystal, the Taylor Chevrolet Girl. Food, beverages and ice cream are also planned, along with a raffle for a television.

The suggested donation will be $5 per person, but the Cruze will welcome any and all contributions.

Taylor Chevrolet employees will be seeking people to take the “Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Safe Driver’s Pledge.”

The pledge involves:

• To stay hands-free when making calls.

• To never text and drive.

• To never post to Facebook or other social media while driving.

• To speak out as a passenger if the driver of the vehicle is distracted.

• To encourage friends and family to drive phone-free.

According to the Michigan State Police, there were 7,516 crashes in 2015 alone involving distracted drivers. Taylor Chevy officials hope the “pledge” helps alleviate that problem.

Taylor Chevrolet is also a sponsor of the Rockin’ Music Country Festival, scheduled for September 8-9 in Heritage Park, and staffers will be there getting attendees to sign the “pledge.”