The Upper Arlington Police Division hopes car collectors and enthusiasts will attend a show May 13 designed to appeal to gearheads and fight pancreatic cancer.
After 32 years of service, former UAPD Detective Jim Hamilton retired in January 2016, only to learn that summer he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Hamilton died Sept. 10, 2016, at the age of 56, but his colleagues on the police force have continued to honor his memory by participating in a variety of events and activities, including "Movember" last November, when officers grew beards to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer.
On Saturday, May 13, the division will hold the first UA Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association Car Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3062 Kingsdale Center.
The event, which officers plan to hold annually, is free except for a $10 entry fee charged to the owners of vintage, custom or otherwise cool vehicles to enter their rides in contests for a chance to win bragging rights and trophies. Vehicle registration will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The public is invited to see what's on display, enjoy the offerings from a variety of food trucks and support the Upper Arlington Fire Division's annual flower sale.
All entry-fee proceeds will go to the Pancreatic Action Network in Hamilton's name.
"Our goal is to bring the community together for a fun event to recognize pancreatic cancer awareness," UAPD officer E.J. Windham said. "Last year, we did Movember to raise awareness and to honor Jim Hamilton, and this year we said, 'Let's do a car show to raise some money and awareness.' "
No restrictions were set on the years, makes or models of vehicles that may be entered.
Attendees will vote on their favorites, and trophies will be handed out to the "Top 10 People's Choice" vehicles, Windham said. Additionally, one vehicle and owner will be given a trophy for "Best in Show."
"The people will vote and decide this," Windham said. "You know, everybody enjoys a good-looking car or truck.
"We plan on making this an annual event to be held right around National Law Enforcement Day, which is May 15."
Some entrants will include UAPD officers, including Windham, who plans to have his 1973 Chrysler Imperial on display. He also hopes to have a newly customized DARE truck entered in the show.
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