NEW LEXINGTON — On Saturday, Aug. 29, Main Street in Downtown New Lexington was the site of Cruise-in for a Cause, a fundraiser for the Perry County Cancer Alliance (PCCA) dressed up like a car show. The first ever event featured 83 cars of all models and styles and was sponsored by Auto Obsession located at 309 S. Main St. in New Lexington.

For Danielle Gilligan, owner of Auto Obsession, and her husband Colin, hosting the event was payback for the services provided to several family members by the PCCA. Danielle’s aunt and grandmother and Colin’s father all received benefits from the PCCA.

“They helped our family a lot,” expressed Danielle. Best of all, the PCCA reached out to Danielle and Colin’s family, not the other way around. The initial event was so successful that the 2021 Cruise-in is already on next year’s calendar for the last Saturday in August.

Danielle was quick to share the credit for the successful show that raised over $5,300 for the PCCA. New Lexington Police Chief, Scott Ervin, and Trent Thompson, New Lexington’s Mayor, received high marks from Danielle for the assistance they provided.

“We approached Chief Ervin with the idea and he was all for it, and so was Trent,” praised Danielle. “They were phenomenal.” Once the Village Council approved the date for the event, support from local businesses was outstanding as well.

Plaques for the car show presenters were sponsored by 12 local businesses and individuals that included New Dimensions Travel, New Dimensions Fitness & Tanning, Thompson Insurance, Peoples State Bank, Trotter’s Pub & Grill, Newlon Tire, Haz-M- Automotive, Dave’s Feed & Seed, Roberts-Winegardner Funeral Home, Kelly Seals, and Scott and Rita Ervin. Sign Worx donated the plaques and Kinsel Sports provided signs for the cruise-in.

Auto Obsession received the Eagle Award from the Perry County Chamber of Commerce in 2019 for being an outstanding new business in the area. That distinction also earned them recognition from Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. John Husted in the form of a plaque that rests behind the counter at Auto Obsession.

Danielle is not only the owner, she is the technician doing the custom work on customers’ cars. She had previously done auto detailing work as a mobile business, but she was encouraged to set up a permanent shop by Sean Enright, who owns the building where Auto Obsession is located.

“I really did not want to get into having a lease and all that goes with that commitment until I walked into this place,” says Danielle. “Sean said this building was the blessed place and he was right.”

As you walk through the huge doors that lead to the working area of the business, a Bible verse from Joshua 1:9 is painted in big black letters on the right hand wall. Check out that verse to get a glimpse of the passion Danielle Gilligan brings to work six days a week. The Cruise-in for a Cause was a huge success in its first try and all signs point to an even better event in 2021.

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