The Harper Charity Cruise will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 30 this year, on Harper Avenue between Shady Lane and 12 Mile Road.

The Harper Charity Cruise will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 30 this year, on Harper Avenue between Shady Lane and 12 Mile Road.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

Harper Charity Cruise gears up for a good cause

By: Alyssa Ochss | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published August 6, 2023


ST. CLAIR SHORES — Gear up to see some cool vehicles and support a great cause on Aug. 30 at the Harper Charity Cruise.

Rosanne Minne, chairperson of the Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise, said this year they have around 180 sponsorships for the cruise. The money from these sponsorships will be used to support children’s charities in the community and the community in general. Minne said a few of these charities include Kids On The Go, Gilda’s Club Detroit as well as others.

This year, the cruise will run from approximately Shady Lane, between Eight Mile and Nine Mile roads, to 12 Mile Road. This is longer than the cruise has been in previous years. Cruise watchers can set up their chairs anywhere along Harper in the right of way, Minne said. The cruise will last from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. according to a Facebook post made by the Shorewood Kiwanis.

Barb Chase, owner of SCS Pilates Connection, said they’re excited the cruise is coming down to 12 Mile this year. Her business is celebrating 20 years, adding to the celebration. This is its first year sponsoring the cruise, but Chase said the business has been supporting it for a long time.

“We love sponsoring this for the kids,” Chase said.

Amy O’Brien, new vehicle sales manager at Roy O’Brien Ford, said the company has been sponsoring the cruise since its inception 29 years ago. They have many reasons to sponsor it, but the main reason is for the kids.

“Primarily that it’s all for children’s charities and we love being involved in our community,” O’Brien said.

St. Clair Shores City Councilman Ron Frederick said he’s thankful for the Shorewood Kiwanis and that the cruise is a great event.

“We’re excited that the entire community comes out to enjoy it,” Frederick said.

Minne wants to remind people to be safe for the duration of the cruise.

“Think smart, be safe, pick up after yourself,” Minne said. “Don’t leave junk behind for other people to pick up after you. That’s a big one. Just be safe. Use common sense.”

Minne also thanked their sponsors for their continued support and what they do for the community.

“I just want people to come out and support all the businesses that are along Harper Avenue,” Minne said. “Support all of our sponsors that have given.”

T-shirts for the cruise are available at Village Market and are $20.