2009 Medford Cruise a Southern Oregon cultural event

The culture of Southern Oregon is tied closely to that of the Medford Cruise — with common bonds like community, volunteerism, helping others and enjoying a good time with good people. The annual tradition that is the Medford Cruise has become an important cultural event bringing the entire community together for four big, and full, days, Thursday through Sunday, June 18-21.

Many of the Cruise events are free and all are perfect for the entire family. The events that do cost money are set at affordable prices, with proceeds once again benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley, which is also an important part of our community. This organization serves over 600 children each day and 6,500 youth in Jackson and Josephine counties each year. The Boys & Girls Club has been serving the Rogue Valley since 1970 with a mission "to provide year-round positive, fun and safe places and programs for all kids, helping them to build self-esteem and develop skills necessary to make right choices, becoming responsible and productive citizens." Currently, there are programs in Talent, Phoenix, Cave Junction, Grants Pass and White City.

"We feel blessed to have the support of the Medford Cruise Association," said Boys & Girls Club Board president Nikki Jones. "The Medford Cruise keeps getting better every year and we are so grateful to be the beneficiary of this fantastic event. In a year that has been particularly hard for non-profits, donors are priceless."

The Medford Cruise is a culmination of the hard work and dedication of countless supporters, sponsors, and volunteers. The Medford Cruise Association, which is a volunteer committee, would like to thank the City of Medford, including the Public Safety, Public Works and Parks & Recreation staff, Rogue Valley Corvettes Inc., Greater Medford Rotary, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley, and Boy Scouts Troop 5.

"We hope the community enjoys this fun and affordable event," said Dave Hart, President of the Medford Cruise Association. "The weekend is filled with wonderful activities, events, and the nicest cars you could possibly see driving the streets of Medford. It's one of Southern Oregon's can't-miss events and it keeps getting better every year."

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