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Cars and God: A winning combination

It was cars, food and fun for families on Saturday during St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church’s fundraiser to help complete a major stained glass window restoration project.

The Nesquehoning church partnered with Jukebox Cruisers for the event.

“They are great philanthropic group,” Nancy Kerestus, of St. John the Baptist, said. “They do so much for so many organizations and they were willing to help us out knowing that we were struggling a little bit like most churches are these days.

“We really needed to make this a success and they are helping us tremendously,” she said, noting that the church is working diligently to raise enough funds to finish the window restoration project.

Parishioner Mary Berger, who helped organize the event, said that this opportunity is helping the church in so many ways, not only by raising funds; but also bringing the community together to have a good time.

“It’s great to just watch everybody enjoying themselves and having a good time,” she said.

Dozens of cars, a handful of tractors and even a motorcycle lined the field across from Tractor Supply in Mahoning Township on property owned by Matt Boyer, who donated the use of his land for the event.

Vehicles ranged from a 1992 Dodge Stealth to a 1912 EMF model, complete with kerosene and sedaline lamps as lights.

William Hartz, owner of the EMF said he enjoys doing car shows and has owned the 111-year-old vehicle for about 25 years.

He purchased the vehicle from a friend who collected cars and has been hooked on it ever since.

“We probably put over 15,000 miles on it,” he said. “It’s been driven in the rain, snow, everything. It’s pretty good.”

Steve Berger, vice president of Jukebox Cruisers, said the group was happy to help St. John the Baptist Church.

“We do this with as many nonprofits as we can,” he said. “Their church is in a hurting status as far as membership and repairs that have to be done so we joined forces.”

Berger commended the church for all they did to make the car show a success, including having many businesses sponsor trophies.

“It really turned out good,” he said. “I think it’s a win, win for everybody.”

In addition to a car show, parishioners of the church manned several activities for children and families, including temporary tattoos, games, a basket raffle, coat raffle, candy guessing game, lottery ticket board raffle, bake sale and more.

In addition, P.F.G. Pizza, wood fired pizza food truck offered original creations for personal pizza, as well as breakfast foods.

Kerestus thanked all the area businesses and organizations who helped make the event possible through donations.

Vintage cars line the field during Saturday's St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church's fundraiser. The group partnered with Jukebox Cruisers for the show. To see a gallery from the event, visit www.tnonline.com. AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS
William Hartz sits in his 1912 EMF model vehicle during the car show.
FAR LEFT: A 1955 Chevrolet BelAir, owned by Joe Moyer, was just one of the many vehicles at the car show. LEFT: St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church parishioners Ilona Zubek, back center; and Susie Bortnick, right, man the bake sale. With them are Ilona's great-nephew, Logan Miller; and great-niece, Jordan Miller.
Donna Kattner and Mary Ellen Hawk, parishioners of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, man the candy guessing game and lottery board table.