Members of the Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club held their end-of-the-cruising-season meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23 where they gave a hefty check to Hospice of the Valley. The funds will be used for the in-patient facility and will be credited to one special room.
Director of Development Liz McGarry said Hospice of the Valley was formed in 1979 to help families deal with end of life issues. It was the same year the newly formed MVOCC began its first car show, hosting it at the former Fitch/ AMS property on Mahoning Avenue.
When the Hospice of the Valley in-patient facility was built, they offered to name a room after a group or individual donating $50,000. Because of the car club's support for children stricken with medical conditions, a room was named for the club.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club show coordinator Rich Posivak presents a checks for $3,529.00 to Hospice of the Valley director of development Liz McGarry during the car club’s annual meeting following a summer of cruises.
"We told them we didn't have $50,000," said MVOCC show coordinator Rich Posivak. "They told us just to keep donating to them and we have."
He said last week's donation of $3,529 brought the total the club has given to Hospice over the years to close to $30,000.
The amount of this year's check came from a season of successful cruises at the Austintown Senior Center. Posivak said the cruise used to be held at Chick-fil-A in Boardman, but a new business was building in the parking lot and they were told they could not hold the cruises there for 2013.
When fellow car enthusiast and member of the Austintown Generational Enrichment Corp., Ron Cole found out about it, he suggested moving the cruise to the Austintown Senior Center. After some details were worked out, the cruise was moved to the center and most every Tuesday night there were more than 100 vintage and custom vehicles showing up.
"Even the Senior Center benefitted with 125 new members that came directly from the cruises," Cole said.
The success of the cruises enabled the MVOCC to continue to help three separate children with medical problems and to donate to Hospice.
"This money will go directly to our in-patient facility," McGarry said.
She was also presented with photographs of the car cruises that will be placed in the Hospice-MVOCC room.
Also during the meeting, Cole displayed a poster-sized print of the car cruise that was taken from the Austintown Fire Department's ladder truck. The print was donated to the Senior Center in recognition of the partnership that now exists between it and the MVOCC.