Project DOVE car show proves to be a big hit

ONTARIO – Project DOVE in Ontario kicked off a new program to help victims of domestic violence with a car show Saturday, May 22.

The Purple Ribbon Partner Project is a new initiative to offer a temporary safe place for those in a domestic violence crisis.

The program works like this: A local business will display a purple ribbon sticker in their window or a place easily visible. Someone fleeing a domestic violence situation can walk into the business with a purple ribbon on display and ask for help.

The business owner will then help the victim into a room or other place away from the public and then call Project DOVE.

The event Saturday included booths with information on domestic violence. Project DOVE executive director Terry Basford, along with Dave Goldthorpe, Malheur County District attorney, also attended.

Vintage and souped up coupes filled the parking lot next to the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Ontario last Saturday as part of a Project DOVE event. Project DOVE is the county’s only domestic violence service agency and shelter.

A line of classic cars stand silent at the Project DOVE car show Saturday in Ontario.

Rick Strawn, Fruitland, talks about his 1920 Buick, K-44 car Saturday. Strawn said his car is only one of three such vehicles in the U.S.

Rick Strawn spent years restoring this 1920 Buick roadster.

Classy cars descended on the parking lot next to the Plaza Inn Restaurant Saturday to take part in Project DOVE’s Purple Ribbon Partner Project unveiling.

This corvette was one of a dozen or so classic cars on display Saturday.

Spectators and participants at Project DOVE’s Purple Ribbon Partner Project were able to walk among a line of classic cars Saturday in Ontario.


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