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Families and enthusiasts support Blue Ribbon Rally, help outreach center

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The Family Guidance and Outreach Center is hosting its 16th annual Blue Ribbon Rally in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

A section of downtown Lubbock was closed off to make room for nearly 300 cars, bikes and vendors that filled the streets, and still leave enough room for the thousands of car enthusiasts to roam freely.

Entry into the event was free, and all proceeds from the rally went to the outreach center, including those from a raffle to win a 2014 Harley Davidson.

Emily Wooley, fundraising director for the outreach center, said that this year's turnout has surpassed that of years passed.

"Last year we had 280 cars registered," Wooley said, "and this year, just in pre-registration, we have had more than 140. We ran out of window tags, so that means we have more than 250 cars already here, so we will have more than 300 cars."

The folks who brought the suped-up vintage and newer model cars said that they're in it with their friends to help the cause.

Joe Love and his ‘56 model Thunderbird have been coming to the Blue Ribbon Rally for years, and he said he loves the comradery and the people he meets.

Wooley said she's grateful for the people and families involved in the show, and that in many ways, everyone who takes part is a winner.

"Well, number one, they like to show off their cars," she said. "But also, the money goes out to a really good cause, and these people like to be a part of that."

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