Charity Car Show helps out the community for 9th year - Lima, OH News Weather Sports

Charity Car Show helps out the community for 9th year

For almost a decade, the Charity Car Show has invited car lovers from all over to Lima to have fun, but also to raise money for people in need.  With great weather and a good incentive to participate, organizers of the event expected lots of different makes and models to roll into the lot.

"We have a lot of cars in here and we're expecting more - we have room for over 300 cars," said Andy Maravola, co-chair of the Charity Car Show.  "The front is filled already and the back is being filled."

The show has been very popular in the past, with thousands of dollars raised going towards local charities in need, and while the organizers aren't exactly sure where this year's money will go just yet, there are a few groups that already have their support.

" I know we always give to the veterans and we give to child services that's two that we already know about," Maravola said.  "After that, we wait to see how much money we raised and then will pick the charities - we already started getting a couple, and being a good day like this we might be giving away a lot of money this year."

Being a part of the show is great - especially being around other people with the same interest as you:  "The thing that draws people closer together is a common interest, and if you're at a car show and someone else is at a car show, you automatically have that common interest," said Dave Semer.

"It's nice to be out and see everybody, talk to car owners, talk to people that are in the cars, and talking to kids especially, and to get our name out with the school; it's a pretty cool event," said Justin Hamilton.

And raising money for charity is all part of the fun.

"If you look around there's something for everybody, little kids to older people, and especially with a beautiful day today, and most importantly it goes for a good cause, to all the charities, what more could you want," said Joe Martino.