Bene­dic­tine School Chrome City Ride set for July 31

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

RIDGELY — The 15th an­nual Chrome City Ride will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun­day, July 31, at the Bene­dic­tine School in Ridgely.

Mo­tor­cy­cles, street rods and clas­sic and cus­tom cars from Mary­land and Delaware will gather at des­ig­nated reg­is­tra­tion lo­ca­tions in Seaford, Del., Eas­ton, Lau­rel, Salisbury and An­napo­lis, then cruise in con­voys with po­lice escorts to the Bene­dic­tine School cam­pus.

The 2015 event raised more than $85,000 for the school, draw­ing more than 2,000 peo­ple and about 500 mo­tor­cy­cles and 400 clas­sic cars. The fundraiser is the largest for the school and is used to fund tu­ition as­sis­tance for chil­dren and spe­cial adap­tive equip­ment for the stu­dents. The funds also sup­ports op­por­tu­ni­ties for adults with dis­abil­i­ties to work and live in the com­mu­nity.

This year’s event will fea­ture a 1941 Willys pro-street coupe, a hot rod do­nated to the school by Ed­ward Orzetti, a car col­lec­tor from New Jer­sey. The ve­hi­cle has been pro­fes­sion­ally ap­praised and has a value of $72,000. This is the first car Orzetti has ever do­nated.

“I love that Bene­dic­tine has made a con­nec­tion with the car and mo­tor­cy­cle world for their event. The or­ga­ni­za­tion is gen­uine — do­ing great work with great peo­ple,” Orzetti said. “My hopes are that this is not just a busi­ness trans­ac­tion and that who­ever buys this car is buy­ing it to be char­i­ta­ble to a great or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Bene­dic­tine will ac­cept sealed bids dur­ing the July 31 event, as well as bids from var­i­ous clas­sic car web­sites. The high­est bid­der over the min­i­mum bid will get the car. All proceeds will go to Bene­dic­tine pro­grams and ser­vices for chil­dren and adults with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties and autism.

The event also will in­clude mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment by Rockin’ Elvis, Big Daddy P and DJ Chris, as well as mo­tor­cy­cle de­mon­stra­tors.

The cost of the event is $25 for rid­ers and spec­ta­tors, and in­cludes a T-shirt, a catered lunch, en­ter­tain­ment and chances for prizes and tro­phies.

Spon­sors of the event in­clude BMW of Fair­fax, Va.; A.H. Hatcher Inc.; Spud Blake; D’Cam­era Group; Ex­pres­sions of St. Marys LLC; Mike and Anna Mal­las; Takoma Bi­cy­cles LLC; and WBOC-TV, Salisbury, who is the event’s me­dia spon­sor.

For on­line reg­is­tra­tion or more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.ben­school.org or call 410-634-2292.

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