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Car show is a win for seniors, auto lovers

June 10, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Car enthusiasts get another chance to admire area classics when the Austintown Senior Center hosts its benefit car show and business expo from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 15 at the center, 100 Westchester Drive.

"The proceeds will go towards programs to help make the Austintown Senior Center more valuable to all of the seniors in our local community," said event founder Mark Cole.

Cole is a local businessman who is also a member of the new Austintown Main Street Chamber and serves as a director for the Awesome-town Fall Festival. He was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Senior Center.

"I decided to put on a car show here like I have all summer long, but get all the local business owners and the community service organizations involved, along with the schools, police and fire department to participate," Cole said. "It is open to everyone."

The main goal of the new event is to help fund the center's programs and services to Austintown seniors. Cole said he is hoping to raise at least $2,000 after expenses.

For the local businesses, Cole has set up the center with 25 inside tables and 50 outside. Businesses wishing to display their products and services rent the table space for $25, which will raise the funds to meet the projected amount. As of last week, all inside spaces were taken and the outside tables were going fast.

On top of the business showcase and car show, Cole is also planning a health fair that will feature free hearing and eye testing, blood pressure screenings and a good deal for blood testing.

"On Site will be drawing blood for only $25 to help give people a chance to save a lot of money to check out their cholesterol and a list of other things," he said.

The car show will take place in the center's parking lot and will be open for hot rods, muscle cars, classics, customs, trucks and motorcycles. In case of rain, the indoor show will go on.



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