LIMA — The 10th annual Charity Car Show will begin at noon Sunday, June 24, at Lima Chevrolet Cadillac, 2200 N. Cable Road, Lima. This is one of the largest car shows in the area. Registration is $10 per car. Trophies will be awarded with cash prizes. The show is free for spectators to walk the lot filled with history.
While the car show has been going on for a decade, both John Waller and Andy Maravola, have made sure to keep the proceeds local. They have given money for band uniforms for a local school to animal rights to children’s rights and more often these days to veterans shelters and groups.
Both Waller and Maravola are veterans. Waller served in the Army from 1986 to 1990, during the Persian Gulf War. Maravola served from 1963 to 1969 in the Army and National Guard.
“I’d say the reason we want to concentrate on veterans is because our government doesn’t appreciate the veterans and give them what they really need when they come back,” Waller said. “That’s why, I think to me, why we push so hard to help those guys, because they’re under-appreciated by a lot of people.”
Maravola added, ”It’s a good idea that we take care of our vets.”
This year the funds will be split between the veterans, Children’s Services, Crossroads Crisis Center and the Jason Strouser Memorial Fund.
“He was the son of a dear friend of ours, and he died of brain cancer,” said Melissa Waller, wife of John. “They give about three to four $1,000 scholarships away to kids to go to college from Wapakoneta City Schools, which is where he went to school.”
John Waller added, “Which is also what took my mother, and she (Melissa) just survived breast cancer. She just finished all of that, so donating to cancer-type stuff is real important to us too.”
While the car show has grown over the years, Waller said he felt it’s well attended because the group is so public about what happens with the money.
“We give everything back right away. We try to stay current on what our community needs,” Waller said.
This year’s car show is dedicated to Chuck McClurg, a longtime car enthusiast who died Jan. 11.
“Anytime in the last 20 years you went to a car show, you saw Chuck McClurg. He’s just one of those guys that was always there,” Waller said.
There will be more than just cars at the car show, as there are 50/50 raffles, prizes, vendors and more.
“We have a lot of fun,” Waller said. “This year we have the low-rider guys coming. They will be there all day.”