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Local Car Dealership Raises Money for Charity

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Grand Forks motor-lovers spent the day checking out classic cars and bikes.

A blast of the past to raise money to help a center struggling to help people with disabilities.

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It's the seventh year Rydell has held the Charity car and bike show and each year the benefit gets more popular.

Brian Rydell/GM: "Every year it keeps getting bigger and bigger. We get so much support from the people in Canada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota. It gets bigger, it draws people from all over the Midwest."

Each year Rydell employees nominate local charities that they would like to see receive the money from the benefit.

Brian Rydell/GM: "We put it to a vote again with the employees and they choose the recipient that's gonna receive the money and after the money is raised we have a corporate match which basically doubles the donation."

This year's recipient is the Listen center. This past year it has had to cut its hours of operation in half and trim its staff from four down to one.

Kathy Lind/Customer Service Manager: "It's unfortunate that they're in the financial strains they're in right now but we're really hoping we can raise a lot of money for them and keep them open because what they do for the community and the people in need is awesome."

In the past, this benefit has raised anywhere from $11,000 dollars to just under 50000, and this years goal is to surpass those numbers.

Kathy Lind/Customer Service Manager: "Our goal is to break 50,000 dollars. We've never quite done that. We did 49000 and so fifty would be awesome."

With the help of this benefit the Listen Center is hoping to open 6 days a week with 3 staff members by October 1st

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