Car cruise suc­cess­ful thanks to spon­sors

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

On June 14, Cruisin’ South­ern Mary­land for Vet­er­ans pre­sented a check for $20,000 to Char­lotte Hall Vet­er­ans Home. The ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment of the Cruisin’ Car Club mem­bers is demon­strated by a plan­ning process which starts about a year be­fore the ac­tual event Memo­rial Day week­end. The cruise takes you through a leisurely drive of the tri-county area, over a 100mile cruise, with over 160 clas­sic cars, trucks and mo­tor­cy­cles par­tic­i­pat­ing this year. The last stop, and cul­mi­na­tion of the year­long plan­ning, is a spec­tac­u­lar car show at Char­lotte Hall Vet­er­ans Home. Dozens of vet­er­ans gather around their fa­vorite cars, rem­i­nisce and lis­ten to mu­sic.

On be­half of the Mary­land Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs and Char­lotte Hall Vet­er­ans Home, I would like to ac­knowl­edge, and wish I could rec­og­nize, all 10 car club spon­sors, 37 ma­jor spon­sors and 27 as­so­ciate spon­sors, but the list is too long and that is a good is­sue to have. The com­mu­nity sup­port for this cruise and car show in sup­port of Char­lotte Hall Vet­er­ans Home is over­whelm­ing. Thank you spon­sors, you know who you are, I sin­cerely ap­pre­ci­ate all of your ef­forts, whether by reg­is­ter­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the cruise and car show, do­nat­ing your time, money or an in-kind do­na­tion. Your ef­forts have not gone un­no­ticed. This amaz­ing group of vol­un­teer car en­thu­si­asts came to­gether more than five years ago and turned their pas­sion into an event that ben­e­fits vet­er­ans re­sid­ing at Char­lotte Hall Vet­er­ans Home.

Again, thank you Cruisin’ South­ern Mary­land for Vet­er­ans for an un­prece­dented do­na­tion and as an out­stand­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion in sup­port of vet­er­ans who served this great na­tion.

Ge­orge W. Owings III, Owings The writer is the sec­re­tary of the Mary­land Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs.

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