Calling all car enthusiasts! The 4th annual Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Car Show will be held on Sunday, April 22 from 12 to 4 pm at Lockheed Martin in Middle River. All makes and models of cars, trucks, bikes and other unique vehicles are welcome, and all proceeds from the show will benefit the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, which is the closest Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

“Our goal is to bring the community together and encourage others to reach out and give back where they can. We just try to do our part and make a difference for the kids,” said event organizer Chuck Mahla. “The CMN Car Show is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, enjoying good music, great food, sweet cars and amazing people.”

The entry fee is $15 per vehicle for early registration online and $20 cash day of. Spectators are free. Cars will compete for first through third place in categories such as Import, Domestic, Exotic, and Truck/SUV and Bike. Other trophies include Best in Show, Cole’s Choice and Bridget’s Choice (named for local Children’s Center patients), Best Paint, Best Wrap, Best In-Car Entertainment and more.

In addition to the cars on display, there will be a DJ, raffles and a silent auction throughout the day, along with hot dogs, pit beef, ham and turkey by McKinney’s Catering, with all sales benefitting CMN. McKinney’s donates all of their labor and supplies for the day and assists with recruiting other sponsors.

Mahla, who has worked at the Rite Aid on Back River Neck Road for more than eight years, first started raising funds for CMN through the store’s annual raffles or car washes. But when store manger Sue Ray, who was like a second mother to him, passed away during the summer of 2014, he knew he “wanted to do something bigger and better for CMN in her honor.”

And so the following spring, the CMN Car Show was born. He started off by planning a show at the store’s parking lot, which holds about 50 cars. But 150 enthusiasts wanted to enter their cars, so Mahla, a graduate of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, turned to the school and they agreed to let him use their parking lot.

That first car show in 2015 raised $2,400 for CMN. Each year, the show has become bigger and better. In 2016, Mahla, who is also a full-time student at Towson University, enlisted his friend and fellow Mt. Carmel graduate Vince Schiavone to co-host, and the event featured 225 cars and raised $5,005.

Last year, the show moved to Lockheed Martin who donated the space. They had 340 cars registered and raised $15,000. Mahla continues the show not only to honor Ray, but also Donna Collins, his Rite Aid assistant manager who passed away in 2017.

Now in its fourth year, Mahla and Schiavone have set a goal of $20,000. “We have many generous local sponsors who have been instrumental in making this show possible, and people can go to our Facebook page to check out our entire list of sponsors,” said Mahla.

“Even if you are not a car person, you will be impressed by some of the vehicles that will be at the show,” he said, including a group of exotic Lamborghinis coming from Virginia. “It’s really neat that we can bring these cars to Essex/Middle River.”

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. The various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center has 205 patient beds, and the average length of stay for each patient is 6.3 days. Hopkins is one of only two hospitals in Maryland to offer pediatric ECMO (a heart and bypass machine used for circulation and oxygenation in critically ill children). Last year, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center had more than 92,000 patient visits; admitted 660 babies to the NICU; and treated more than 700 patients at the Pediatric Trauma Center.

Money donated to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center through the Children’s Miracle Network enables the hospital to purchase much-needed items such as micro-preemie diapers for babies who weigh less than 2 lbs; meal tickets for families who can’t afford to eat in the cafe while they are staying with their child; specialized pacifiers for NICU patients; toiletry kits for parents needing to stay at the hospital unexpectedly; and toys and games for the patients and their families.

Children’s Miracle Network Car Show

Sunday, April 22 from 12 pm to 4 pm (Rain Date April 29)

Lockheed Martin, 195 Chesapeake Park Plaza, Middle River, MD 21220

$20 vehicle entry fee on site (cash only)

Spectators are FREE

Gates open 10:30 am

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