ANTIOCH -- A car and bike show will be held this weekend to help boost a local restaurant owners' ongoing efforts to raise money for needy children in his hometown in Mexico.
Rafael and Alie Medina, owners of Cocina Medina Mexican Restaurant on 5005 Lone Tree Way, say the proceeds from Sunday's event will go to Cuxpala, Mexico.
The show, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (registration starts at 9 a.m.), is co-sponsored by the Asphalt Outlaws Car Club. It is open to cars of all makes, models and years.
During an annual trip to Rafael's hometown in 2011, the Medina family watched some kids playing soccer against a team with uniforms and equipment. The children from Cuxpala were playing with normal worn tennis shoes or barefoot, yet still were winning, Alie said.
"I thought that rather than putting money toward knickknacks for relatives, we could do something for them," she said. The Medinas bought the kids all new uniforms and cleats.
Upon returning to Antioch, the Medinas were compelled to make it an annual donation, and started raising money through the help of customers.
In 2012, they provided gift baskets with toys and outfits for 150 kids. They changed the format the next year as to reach more children. As a result, they helped roughly 300 kids, Alie said.
"We're new at it. We're still trying to figure out the best way to reach the most kids," she said.
Outlaws club member Jere Fournier said his group found out about the efforts and wanted to help.
"We saw what they've been trying to do, and hoped maybe we could help drum up some money and have a little fun," he said.
Registration is $25. For more information on the event, call Fournier at 925-625-0135.
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