Helping children is what drives the Capital City Corvette Club.

For the third consecutive year, the club will play host to the Vettes, Rods and Classics at Creekside in Gahanna, 100 Mill St., with all proceeds going to help children at Nationwide Children's Hospital, said Mark Thomas, car-show chairman.

This year's event will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, with a rain date of Sunday, Aug. 6.

"One hundred percent goes to gifts for kids at Nationwide Children's Hospital," Thomas said. "That has been our club charity for over 35 years. At Christmastime, we buy thousands of toys to take to the hospital to give out."

Last year, Thomas said, the club bought an MRI table for children to use in their play room at the facility.

"We gave back to Gahanna, as well," he said. "We gave $2,000 to the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation for summer camp for kids. We give back as a way to say thanks to Gahanna for letting us host the show."

Thomas said more than $12,000 was raised from last year's car show that featured more than 250 cars.

"Last year, we gave over $20,000 to different charities benefiting children," Thomas said. "It was the best year we ever had giving away money."

Car-show participants will have an opportunity to win one of 80 awards, he said.

Free dash plaques will go to the first 150 cars registered.

"The show has grown over the years and is an event I regularly receive emails and comments from the community about how much they love it," said Tom Kneeland, Gahanna mayor and Corvette enthusiast. "We draw close to 300 beautiful cars that fall into many different categories."

Being an organization that contributes all proceeds to Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation, Kneeland said, the club has made a significant contribution to children during its existence.

"Along with other members of the club, we volunteer for duties ranging from event planning, setting things up, registering cars, helping with parking duties, judging, silent auction and breaking everything down again to store before the next show," Kneeland said.

"The (club) has one mission, and that's to benefit children, and I am proud to be able to be but a small part to help pull it off every year; and I couldn't think of any other venue but Creekside for the event to be held," he said.

Thomas said entertainment at the show will begin at 5 p.m. with Gahanna police officer Carl Schmueckle and his band Rendition performing classic hits.

Door prizes will be available, along with silent-auction items and 50/50 raffle-ticket sales.

Several food vendors will be on site.

"We have a lot of partners who help make it possible," Thomas said of the show.

For more information about the show, email Thomas at mthomas044@aol.com.

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