Downtown Car Show to Benefit MBPD K-9sSep 12, 2019 11:36AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Editor's note: The story has been corrected to clarify that the event is on Sunday, September 15.
Car enthusiasts, start your engines! On Sunday, September 15, Manhattan Beach will be filled with a variety of antique, exotic, and "muscle" cars for the second annual Downtown Manhattan Beach Car Show.
Cars will be on display on Manhattan Ave. between Manhattan Beach Blvd. and 9th Street from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will also be live music, raffle prizes, a scavenger hunt, and family-friendly activities.
Entry is free to spectators. The fee for registering a car is $30, and pre-registrants receive a t-shirt. All proceeds will benefit the Manhattan Beach Police Department K-9 Foundation.
The car show is a follow-up to last year's successful event that took place outside of the police station. This year the MBPD K-9 Foundation has partnered with the Downtown Manhattan Beach Business and Professionals Association to expand the show, move it to the heart of downtown, and provide room for even more cars and spectators.
"Last year’s show was free for entry by the participants so we only raised a small amount from donations and T-shirt sales," said Officer David Gibbons of MBPD's K-9 unit. "This year we just sold out our pre-registration and we are expecting about 150 cars down on Manhattan Ave."
Jill Lamkin, executive director of the Downtown Manhattan Beach Business and Professionals Association, added that the group is thrilled to be a part of this year's event and support a great cause.
"We have five downtown businesses as major sponsors, and we are providing kids’ entertainers such as face painting, balloon twisting and a 'puppy party' to ensure there is something for everyone at this community event," said Lamkin. "There will even be a kids’ scavenger hunt with prizes for finding miniature versions of MBPD’s K-9’s, Nero and Koa, in nine of our stores along Manhattan Avenue. We are doing everything we can to make sure this event is even bigger and better than last year."
The Manhattan Beach Police K-9 Foundation was created in 2018 to support current, retired, and future Manhattan Beach police dogs. The foundation assists with funding for training, equipment, travel, and care, and even funeral expenses for the dogs.
MBPD currently has two dogs on duty in its K-9 unit: Nero, a Dutch Shepherd who works with Officer Olivares on patrol; and Koa, a German Shepherd and Malinois mix who works with Officer Gibbons on patrol and narcotics.
At the event, there will be MBPD t-shirts and stuffed dogs available for sale. The group will also be accepting donations. The Nero and Koa stuffed animals are also available for sale at the MBPD K-9 Foundation's web site for $20 apiece.