ALBION — Since 2011, Susan Markman has been organizing cruise-ins in memory of her brother, Steve Foxx.

All of the proceeds from Foxxy’s Ride & Cruise-In benefit goes to the Wabash County Animal Shelter Buddies. The benefit raises about $2,000 to $3,000 for the shelter each year.

Foxx, an animal lover, helped raise funds for the animal shelter’s newest facility, located at 11336 N. 1550 Blvd. in Mount Carmel, while it was being built.

He also cared deeply for a pit bull named Ruger, Markman said in a previous interview before last year’s cruise in.

Before Foxx came along, Ruger was chained up without proper food and water. When Foxx noticed the mistreatment, he began taking care of the dog and pleaded with the owners to release it to the shelter. 

“He was never untied,” Markman remembered. “He never got to run.”

After Foxx passed away, Ruger’s owners finally gave him to the shelter, where he later found a forever home.

The annual cruise-in helps the shelter continue to find forever homes for animals.

Albion’s square was packed with classic cars and a few newer rides on Saturday for the event. This was the first year the cruise-in was held in Albion rather than Mount Carmel.

“We’ve had a great turnout and beautiful weather,” Markman said.

By noon, 38 vehicles were in the running for the People’s Choice Award. Anyone who attended the event was able to vote for which car they thought deserved the towering trophy.

Every driver that paid the $10 entry fee received a dash plaque.

Ron’s Beer-B-Que catered the benefit, and visitors snacked on barbeque nachos while admiring the cars in the pleasant fall weather.

Markman pointed to the front of her cherry red 1966 Mustang.

“See my license plate? — I did that for him,” she said.

The plate read “SFOXX 66” as a memento to her brother’s memory.

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