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Hot cars spark good cause

The rain showers broke up just enough to allow the “Papa’s Toys” car collection open house to attract hundreds of people on Saturday.

The annual event is a fundraiser for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital that features dozens of unusual cars — street rods, classics, race cars and customized cars — in addition to the 180 cars collected by Papa’s Toys late owner and founder, John Davis.by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: DOUG BURKHARDT - Dozens of unique cars were on display in Cornelius Saturday for the annual Papas Toys fundraiser for Portlands Doernbecher Childrens Hospital. Adults and kids alike seemed to enjoy seeing the varied display of classic cars.

The open house was launched in 1997 as a way to help raise funds for the children’s hospital. The family started the fundraising event because some of the Davis’ family members had required care at Doernbecher’s.

“Help us help sick kids” is the theme of the open house, which is always held on the second Saturday in May at the Papa’s Toys warehouse, 495 N. Holladay Street in Cornelius.by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: DOUG BURKHARDT - Dozens of unique cars were on display in Cornelius Saturday for the annual Papas Toys fundraiser for Portlands Doernbecher Childrens Hospital. Adults and kids alike seemed to enjoy seeing the varied display of classic cars.

“The goal has been to average about $20,000 a year, and we did it again this year,” said Troy Davis, son of John Davis. “It was a good day. I look at this as a community event. It does good, and I like to see people and families come out and see the cars.”

— Doug Burkhardt

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