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Franklins to make annual trek to Caz

A Franklin automobile makes its way up Albany Street during the 2011 Franklin Trek Parade.  This year, the 59th annual Franklin Trek in Cazenovia will take place Aug. 4 through 11, with the parade being held at 11 a.m. Aug. 5.

A Franklin automobile makes its way up Albany Street during the 2011 Franklin Trek Parade. This year, the 59th annual Franklin Trek in Cazenovia will take place Aug. 4 through 11, with the parade being held at 11 a.m. Aug. 5. Jerry Hook

— “We at the GCACC are pleased to welcome back to our community the Franklin Trek. Each year we look forward to their return; it’s like the return of old friends,” said GCACC Chairman Gene Gissin. “This year the Franklins are going to do something special. They are not only sharing their cars with members of the Cazenovia community, but are going to donate non-perishable food items to CazCares as part of their parade route. What a nice way to give back to our community.”

The event is a welcomed tradition in Cazenovia every summer, but the charitable twist to this year’s occasion makes the trek about more than just old-time-automobile nostalgia.

CazCares, a local non-profit which has helped thousands of clients since its inception in 1982, is largely run by a team of volunteers and funded by monetary donations, area churches, student and civic groups, in addition to the food and clothing donations it receives from area individuals,

“CazCares and the many families it serves appreciate the generosity of the Franklin Club and its members,” said Gigi Redmond, director of client services at CazCares. “The food the owners of these magnificent classic cars are donating will help CazCares meet the continuing needs of its Cazenovia-area clients. By supporting a special food collection center on the Cazenovia College quadrangle the Franklin Club is also making it easier for local residents to contribute non-perishable food as they visit the Franklins. Franklin Club members have always contributed to Cazenovia’s economy during their annual trek, but this time their support will also reach those whose needs are both basic and immediate. On behalf of the more than 150 families who rely partly on CazCares for their daily food needs, our thanks go out to the Franklin Club.”

A CazCares donation receptacle will be located on the Cazenovia College Quad from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 6, through Friday, Aug. 10, at the J.M. McDonald Student Center entrance. This container will be for members of the community and the college to join the Franklins in making contributions to CazCares.

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