Boardman's Cars in the Park helps local kids pay medical bills

By Lee Murray


Visitors to Boardman Park on Aug. 4 may feel as though they have stepped back in time.

Hundreds of classic cars and trucks, from turn-of-the-century classics to late 1980s favorites, will descend on the park for the annual Cars in the Park, a car show that benefits local kids by donating a portion of proceeds to medical bills.

“I’m looking forward to getting as much money as we can for the beneficiary,” said Denny White, this year’s Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club Show Chairman. “That’s why we do it.”

The MVOCC is staging the event, which is in its 35th year.

“It’s a nice setting in the park. We get about 50 percent car people and 50 percent people who just want to enjoy a day out in the park,” White added.

The cars may harken back to times gone by, but the money raised will go toward a very modern procedure for a very young child.

“Every year we select a child in the Mahoning Valley who has a chronic or life threatening illness,” said Dee Tripp, secretary of the MVOCC. The most the club has raised in a single year is $4000, Tripp said.

This year’s beneficiary is 1-year-old Cayden Perry, who suffers from Tuberous Sclerosis, a genetic disease that causes brain tumors. He has suffered from seizures since he was 4 weeks old. The condition affects about 1 in 6,000 children, according to the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. A portion of the proceeds from the car show will go toward the cost of Cayden’s brain surgery.

Classic-car owners can enter their vehicle in one of 23 classes that will be judged by MVOCC members. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. Awards and presentations will be handed out at 4 p.m. Registration is $10 per car. Pre-registration is $8 and includes a free T-shirt.

Younger owners who build and race their own hot rods have a chance to show them off too.

“For the children, we have the Pinewood derby races where they build and race their own cars,” said Tripp.

There are two classes of derby race that kids over 5 can enter. There will be trophies and prizes. For information, call MVOCC at 330-518-9338.

Every Tuesday in summer the MVOCC hosts a “Cruise Nite” at Austintown Senior Center, donating proceeds to Hospice of the Valley. The club recently put together a benefit show for Russell Marshall, a farmer who lost his arm and suffered horrific injuries in an accident in April. The club estimates that it has raised about $80,000 for good causes over it’s history. is a collaborative effort among the Youngstown State University journalism program, Kent State University, University of Akron and professional media outlets WYSU-FM Radio, The Vindicator, The Beacon Journal and Rubber City Radio, both of Akron.

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