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Rod run for Paws Rescue a success

Paws Rescue has a little more money, thanks to generous donations.

The local non-profit received monetary funds, as well as donated bags of dog food and cat food from street rodders who participated in the three-day Crusin’ for Paws Rod Run held March 7-9 at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Vicksburg.

“With the weather threatening, the turnout was not as high as what I expected,” said event organizer Al Mashburn. “We had 24 street rods registered. It only sprinkled a little during the event and was very windy, but with all that being said, with everything that we had going on to raise funds for Paws Rescue, we raised $633 for them.”

Mashburn said Paws Rescue director Leigh Connerly was “very happy to receive the funds.”

Mashburn said most of the street rodders participated in the scavenger hunt, traveling to various Vicksburg businesses and brought back receipts to be eligible for the grand prize drawing.

“Folks also donated bags of dog food and cat food for Paws Rescue,” Mashburn said.

“We sold soft drinks, took donations, had a raffle of various items and sold 50/50 tickets in addition to the registration fee.”

He said Michael Hudson, manager of the Hampton Inn, noted “it was one of the best overall events they have hosted.”

Jim and Sheila Whipp were the long-distance winners, traveling 900 miles from Vero Beach, Florida, in their 1941 Chevy 2-door Sedan, while Vintage Street Rodders of America won the club participation award with six street rodders registered.

Awards and plaques were given out Saturday, along with the raffle drawings, door prizes, ladies gift basket and the grand prize.

Mashburn also thanked members of the Vicksburg Cruisers, 1 Rule Rods and Paws Rescue in making the show a success with setting up and taking down the venue each day, selling raffle tickets, registering cars and “just showing good Southern hospitality to our guests.”

“Plans are already in the works for next year’s Cruisin for Paws Rod Run,” Mashburn said, adding he’s trying to organize an open car show in the fall to raise more money for Paws Rescue.