Chrome City Ride raises $118K

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/ Dorch­ester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ Star­Dem.

— The rum­ble of mo­tor­cy­cles and mus­cle cars roared through the Mid-Shore Sun­day, July 29, to the Bene­dic­tine School’s 17th an­nual Chrome City Ride near Ridgely.

The event raised more than $118,000, which will sup­port the school, and is used to fund tu­ition as­sis­tance for chil­dren and spe­cial adap­tive equip­ment for the stu­dents.

— The rum­ble of mo­tor­cy­cles and mus­cle cars roared through the Mid-Shore Sun­day, July 29, to the Bene­dic­tine School’s 17th an­nual Chrome City Ride near Ridgely.

The event raised more than $118,000, which will sup­port the school, and is used to fund tu­ition as­sis­tance for chil­dren and spe­cial adap­tive equip­ment for the stu­dents. The funds also sup­port op­por­tu­ni­ties for adults with dis­abil­i­ties to work and live in the com­mu­nity.

The Bene­dic­tine School has more than 60 stu­dents en­rolled. The stu­dents come from the en­tire MidAt­lantic re­gion, in­clud­ing Mary­land, Delaware, West Virginia, Penn­syl­va­nia and Virginia.

Since its in­cep­tion, the ride has raised more the $1.6 mil­lion for the Bene­dic­tine School.

“We are hon­ored to have so many car en­thu­si­asts from the Mary­land and Delaware re­gion come to sup­port the kids each year,” said Bene­dic­tine Foun­da­tion Di­rec­tor Barry Smale. “This is an event where our kids love see­ing the cars and mo­tor­cy­cles. They in­ter­act with the var­i­ous own­ers. The own­ers take a lot of great in­di­vid­ual time to show the kids what is spe­cial about their cars and mo­tor­cy­cles.

“I was just talk­ing to one gentle­man this morn­ing who is mak­ing his 17th Chrome City Ride,” he said. “They es­tab­lish re­la­tion­ships with the kids. They make them feel spe­cial.”

More than 2,100 rid­ers met at six lo­ca­tions Sun­day morn­ing — Paul T. Ewing, Inc. in Eas­ton, Hitch­cock Au­toworks in Owings, Old Glory Har­ley David­son in Lau­rel, Out­back Steak­house in An­napo­lis, the Green Tur­tle in Sal­is­bury and Rom­mel Har­ley David­son Del­marva in Seaford, Del.,

Af­ter meet­ing at the dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions, the groups rode to the school to­gether. Mary­land and Delaware law en­force­ment agen­cies also par­tic­i­pated in the ride. Once they ar­rived, the guests re­ceived lunch from Fa­mous Dave’s BBQ.

This year’s ride also fea­tured spe­cial guests Candy Clark and Cindy Wil­liams from the clas­sic film “Amer­i­can Graf­fiti.”

Smale thanked CPR Vin­tage Porsche Restora­tion in Eas­ton for help­ing to pro­mote the event, and Out­back Steak­house, Green Tur­tle, Paul T. Ewing, Inc. in Eas­ton, Hitch­cock Au­toworks and the Har­ley David­son deal­er­ships for be­ing lo­ca­tions rid­ers could meet.

“We have some many spon­sors, not only here but also on the western shore and Delaware that help us out a ton,” he said. “Cal­la­han’s Gas and Ap­pli­ance in Centreville has been big sup­port­ers by vol­un­teer­ing for the event. New this year, Chop­tank Trans­port in Pre­ston had more than a dozen vol­un­teers come and help.

“The vol­un­teers do an out­stand­ing job,” he said. “We could not have a suc­cess­ful event with­out all their help. The same core group of vol­un­teers have been do­ing this for 17 years. Since then, we have a great bunch that join each year.”

At the be­gin­ning of 2018, the Bene­dic­tine School earned a two-year ac­cred­i­ta­tion through 2020 from the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for the Ac­cred­i­ta­tion of Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Ser­vices.

The ac­cred­i­ta­tion placed the Bene­dic­tine School among 26 in­sti­tu­tions in the na­tion to re­ceive the honor out of about 200 spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion schools.

As a na­tional com­mis­sion that ver­i­fies and pro­motes ex­cel­lence in ed­u­ca­tion ser­vice, NCASES eval­u­ates pri­vate spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams through a process that en­cour­ages di­ver­sity of ed­u­ca­tional prac­tice and in­no­va­tion. The process as­sures stu­dents in pri­vate spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion set­tings are pro­vided en­vi­ron­ments that are healthy, safe, com­fort­able and con­ducive to learn­ing.

NCASES also named Bene­dic­tine School teacher Lor­raine Slama the 2018 Ed­u­ca­tor of the Year.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Bene­dic­tine School, visit ben­school.org or call 410-634-2112.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Mo­tor­cy­cles pass un­der an Amer­i­can flag at the Bene­dic­tine School near Ridgely Sun­day, July 29, for the 17th an­nual Chrome City Ride.

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