Gateway car show boosts local ‘senior kitchen’

Discover the connection between the ‘Cruising Gateway’ show and a well-established ‘Meals on Wheels’ center. Also learn about GABA’s new meeting times and upcoming event …

Many come to the Hazelwood neighborhood of outer East Portland to take in the “Cruising Gateway” Cruise-in.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Members of the Gateway Area Business Association (GABA) held their second annual “Cruising Gateway” Cruise-in on September 7, on the grounds of Advantage Gateway Funeral Home, on NE 105th Avenue and Halsey Street.

More than a dozen cars, trucks, and specialty vehicles were on display, attracting numerous families stopping by for a look.

This show attracts people to the neighborhood business district, and helps support a good cause, explains its organizer, and GABA Board Member, Omar Obeid.

“First, we’re doing this to raise money for the Meals on Wheels People Cherry Blossom Center; it’s a good thing when a neighborhood business district can help support feeding seniors, right here in our area,” Obeid told East Portland News.

“In addition, it’s a community event that draws people here to look at some of the nice cars on display, and drawing attention to the area.

This is part of what we’re doing to help people ‘rediscover’ all we have to offer in the Gateway business district,” explained Obeid.

Putting a little more sparkle on her 1930 Oldsmobile 6L36 Business Coupe – one of only six known to exist in the United States – is Parkrose neighbor Debbie Keller.

GABA meeting schedule changes
After decades of holding noontime meetings on the second Thursday of each month, Obeid revealed that the organization is shifting to hosting less frequent meetings held in the evening.

“This way, we’re hoping to attract more retail business owners, entrepreneurs, and home business people – because it’s tough, for many, to break away to attend a meeting in the middle of the day.

“Being able to come out in the evening allows it to be a better ‘social mixer’, and exposes more people to the benefits to being involved with GABA, and the value we bring to our neighborhoods,” Obeid said.

Event on October 19
Their next event: “We have a ‘Gateway Clean-up’ on October 19, from 10 a.m. until noon,” Obeid let us know. “We’re meeting in the Gateway Discovery Park plaza.”

For more information about when, and where, the Gateway Area Business Association next meets – see their new website: CLICK HERE.

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