Cruisin Southern Maryland Check Presentation to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
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June 25, 2018

On June 12, 2018, members of Cruisin’ Southern Maryland met at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home to present the proceeds raised during their annual car show, held Memorial Day weekend. Through the year-long effort of local car clubs and organizations, Cruisin’ Southern Maryland was able to donate an unprecedented $20,000 to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home!

This was Cruisin’ Southern Maryland’s 7th annual car show. The event involves a 100-mile cruise around the Tri-County area, with over 160 registered classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. John K. Parlett, Jr., President, Parlett Affiliated Companies and coordinator of the event, arranges a mobile DJ at three stop locations throughout the day.

The cruise ends at the Home, where residents are able to judge the cars and mingle with participants. Guests are able to participate in a poker run tournament, 50/50 raffle and a chance to have their car featured on the Cruisin T-Shirt for the next year’s event. Food is provided, along with volunteers to hand out hot dogs, chips and drinks. A prayer by the Club Chaplain is followed by the song “I’m Proud to be an American” and a balloon release in memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

In the last seven years, Cruisin Southern Maryland has raised over $102,000 to benefit Charlotte Hall. The first cruise in 2012 raised $4,000 and each succeeding year the car show grew, membership increased and now Crusin Southern Maryland is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Through the years the funds have been used to purchase a new golf cart, a computer for oral history projects, fall-protection rehab equipment, and sponsorship of both our summer and winter proms, crab feasts, oyster scalds, bingo and most recently a state of the art EZ Transport Chair so bedridden veterans can be transported to doctor’s appointment. In 2013, in addition to the funds raised at the annual car show, the members of local car clubs and business owners came together and built a covered pavilion on the south side of the property, valued at over $50,000.

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