The 16th annual Vettes, Rods and Classics Car Show at Gahanna's Creekside on Aug. 4 will help fuel positive experiences for youngsters.
The Capital City Corvette Club will host the show for the fourth consecutive year in Gahanna, with all proceeds helping the patients at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
The show, open to all makes and models of vehicles and motorcycles, will take place at 117 Mill St. at Creekside and the surrounding area from noon until 8 p.m. Aug. 4, with a rain date set Aug. 5 at the same times.
"The club has a strong desire to give back to our communities," said Mark Thomas, car show chairman. "Last year, we donated $14,000 for items for the children at the hospital."
Altogether, he said, the club donated $25,000 to charities benefitting children last year, including $2,000 that went to the Gahanna Parks and Recreation Foundation to help youths attend summer camp.
Donna Trentel, director of Family and Volunteer Services at Nationwide Children's, said the hospital is fortunate to have generous friends and organizations like the Capital City Corvette Club in the community.
She said the club has been a steady supporter for 35 years.
"Their work and energies are turned into funds that are used to directly support resources that enhance the patient and family hospital experience," Trentel said. "The Capital City Corvette Club has been like a fairy godmother who grants our resource wishes."
She said the hospital typically provides the club with a wish list of needed items that would enhance the patient and family experience.
"Then, either the funds are given for us to use to buy the items or they get the specific items for us," Trentel said. "Due to their hard work, they are able to get some of the bigger ticket items for us that are often used by countless kids."
Over the years, the club has provided funds for high chairs, tablet computers, laptops, an air hockey table and specialized child-sized furniture for a mock hospital, where children can play and explore.
"Some of the funds given in 2017 went to a mobile-sensory station that promotes coping and comfort," Trentel said. "It is especially appealing to patients with autism. In addition to these generous donations, car show earnings have also been used for an annual toy shopping trip in December."
Club members meet at a local store, she said, and purchase hundreds of toys.
"These toys are often used by Nationwide Children's as gifts for individual patients or to refresh resources in the 12 playrooms throughout the hospital," Trentel said.
"As a staff member, I have been involved in witnessing patients and families benefiting by these generous donations. Their work and gifts ... positively impact hundreds of patients and families," she said.
Registration for the car show takes place from noon until 4 p.m., with judging from 2 to 5 p.m.
Thomas said Gahanna police won't have the streets closed until noon, so participants shouldn't arrive earlier.
The registration is $15 for show vehicles while spectators will be admitted free.
There will be food and merchandise vendors, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.
The band Rendition will provide entertainment beginning at 5 and 6:45 p.m., and more than 80 awards will be presented beginning at 6 p.m.
"The Capital City Corvette Club is honored to host this car show in Gahanna," Thomas said. "Mayor Tom Kneeland, Parks and Rec Director Jeff Barr and the Gahanna Police Department have developed a great partnership to provide a fun and safe event at Creekside."
He said the event wouldn't be possible without the support of sponsors, including UBS Financial Services, Lew Griffin Insurance Group, Corvette Care and club sponsors Dave Gill Chevrolet and Lash Chevrolet.
For information about the club go to www.capcitycorvette.com.