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Children's Hospital benefit

Cars will cruise to Creekside

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A car show is coming to Gahanna's Creekside area to rev up support for children.

The Capital City Corvette Club will present the inaugural Vettes, Rods and Classics at Creekside from 2 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2.

Car show chairman Mark Thomas said this marks the 12th annual show hosted by the club, but it's the first time it has been held at Creekside.

"Whitehall was fantastic to us and had open arms, but we needed a better spectator base," he said. "We felt moving it to Creekside was a positive move. The bottom line is, we want to raise money for the kids at (Nationwide) Children's Hospital."

Thomas said the show traditionally draws car enthusiasts from all over central ohio.

"This is for all makes and models, motorcycles, trucks, streetcars," he said. "All are welcome to come. We have some people coming from Bowling Green, Ky., from the Corvette plant. They support our show."

The event is sponsored by Dave Gill Chevrolet, Jeff Wyler Chevrolet and Strathmore Development Co.

Grove Wealth Management will cover the cost of 70 awards that will be presented beginning at 6 p.m.

Bob Evans will provide all food for the show, including hot dogs, brats and hamburgers.

"They're donating the products, and we keep 100 percent of money from food sales for kids at Children's Hospital," Thomas said.

Every October for the past 30 years, the club purchases and delivers Etch A Sketch toys for children at the hospital. Columbus artist Tim George, known as Mr. Etch A Sketch, has helped deliver the drawing toy to Children's patients annually since 1989, thanks to the sponsorship of the car club.

The club members also shop for the children at Nationwide, spending $5,000 on toys that are delivered annually as Christmas gifts. The car show raised about $7,000 last year, Thomas said.

"This is one of the best all-genre car shows I think I've ever been able to attend," said Tom Kneeland, a Corvette enthusiast and Gahanna City Council member. "All proceeds from the show will benefit Nationwide Children's Hospital, which is the primary reason I support it."

Kneeland said the show was held in Whitehall for quite a few years, but it needed space to expand because of its popularity and high number of entries.

"The club is working with the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Gahanna Parks and Recreation Department to promote a very successful event," he said. "This is a great example of another privately sponsored and led event that will hopefully draw the crowds they have had in the past and become a staple in Gahanna as one of the regular Creekside events."

Thomas said at least 200 cars would be showcased along Mill, Walnut and Town streets.

"We have had as many as 300 in Whitehall," he said. "If we have great weather, I think we could hit 300 cars."

Registration is open from 2 to 4 p.m. the day of the event at a cost of $15 per car. Spectators will be admitted for free.

The band Nightfall, featuring oldies music, will play at 5 p.m. The group is sponsored by Corvette Care, a repair facility in Columbus.

The Columbus-based Capital City Corvette Club was founded in 1975.

"We're a group of Corvette enthusiasts who enjoy the true American sports car," Thomas said. "We always want to give back to the community."

The rain date for the show will be Sunday, Aug. 3.

For more information, call Thomas at 614-329-1717.

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