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Car show to be held in Uniontown

| Monday, June 20, 2005

A car show will be held June 26 at the Giant Eagle Plaza, in Uniontown. This is the second year for the car show. Last year there were 228 cars and trucks participating in this benefit for the Pennsylvania Hospice Network. A total of $3,800 was raised. A check was presented that day to representatives of the Pennsylvania Hospice Network.

This year, Joanne Morris-Kieta and Cindy Bozek have set their goals even higher, hoping to raise $1,000 more than last year. They decided last year to do a benefit for the hospice network when both lost their mothers the previous year to cancer and both were supported by hospice.

"This is a benefit that touches the lives of many area people. We wanted to do something in return for hospice," Bozek said. Both Kieta and Bozek have classic cars that they display at various shows and cruises in the area.

"It is unbelievable the support we have received from local businesses. We have door prizes, and Chinese auction items galore," Bozek said.

"The largest donation came from 84 Lumber. It is a two-night stay with dinner for two and spa treatment at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. The donation has a value of $1,200. Someone will go home with a get-away vacation the day of the car show," Kieta said, stressing that the Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing and the Nemacolin Woodlands vacation, are open to the public.

Support for the car show also comes from Bartolotta's Giant Eagle. The store is providing a free hot dog and drink to each driver of a registered vehicle and two food wagons will be set up to serve car show entrants, personnel and spectators. All profit from the food wagons will go to hospice, as well.

Chuck Hoover, manager of Giant Eagle said, "Bartolotta's is excited to be a part of this great fundraiser. We are glad that Ollies is supporting it also." Hoover said he has worked with a lot of fundraising endeavors and "has never seen any one more dedicated than these two ladies."

"We are looking forward to a bigger turnout than last year," Hoover said. Ollie's Bargain Outlet is also involved in the endeavor.

"New to our area, we really appreciate the fact that (Ollies) is supporting us. They have donated $250 in gift certificates, and half their storefront, and electricity needed for the event," Kieta said.

"We would like to thank all the people and area businesses that have been so generous in their donations for this worthwhile cause," Kieta said. The show will feature 12 classes for cars and trucks, from 1900 to the present. Trophies will be awarded in each class as well as a best of class trophy for each class.

"We have over 70 trophies," Bozek said. There will be goodie bags for the first 150 cars. The bags will contain a T-shirt, a trophy-style dash plaque and various items useful to the car owners. All items have been donated. Registration starts at 10 a.m. The show will end at 5 p.m. with the presentation of the trophys. Bozek and Kieta have been working on this endeavor since January. "All we can do now is pray for good weather," Kieta said.

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