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Baltimore-based nonprofit, Vehicles for Change, Inc. (VFC), is proud to announce its second annual car show fundraiser – Custom Cars, Cocktails & Change, will take place Saturday, November 14 from 6-7:30 pm. The event will provide guests all the fun and excitement of a regular car show, but will be held virtually to give fans and supporters the ability to enjoy the event safely at home.
Custom Cars, Cocktails & Change will feature more than 60 classic, unique and custom cars, all owned by area business leaders, board members and other supporters of the organization. Vehicles in this year’s showcase include, but aren’t limited to a:
- 1919 Ford Model T – colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie, Leaping Lene, or Flivver, the Model T is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile. Produced between 1908 and 1927, Ford’s Model T, vehicles produced 1914-1925 only came in the color black because it was the fastest drying color at the time, and speed was important at the Ford plant because of its enormous volume.
- Rare 1954 Chevrolet Corvette with six-cylinder automatic transmission. The first generation of the Corvette was produced from 1953 to 1962 and established the car’s reputation as a leader in technology, design and performance.
- 1949 Mercury Coupe customized with a 350 HP Chevy engine.
- 1963 Thunderbird – just over 63,000 of these cars were sold the year it came out on the market.
- 1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 CV – this rear-wheel-drive vehicle emerged on the market after a heavy facelift over its predecessors, inclusive of new grillework, taillights and body-side chrome.
- 1934 Ford Roadster Coupe which boasts deluxe treatments like pinstriping, twin chromed horns and twin backlights (pictured above) and many, many more.
“We are very excited to host Custom Cars, Cocktails & Change again this year,” says Martin Schwartz, president & CEO of Vehicles for Change. “The event will look a little different in its virtual format, but we’ve maintained a lot of the exciting elements you’d find at an in-person event that we know folks won’t want to miss out on.”
Guests may opt-in to participate at the VIP level, which includes a crab cake platter from G&M Restaurant, a half bottle of wine (either red or white), a custom VFC wine glass and other goodies delivered directly to participants’ doors the day of the event. A general admission option is also available to those who wish to only view the show. VIP tickets are $150 per person and General Admission tickets are $10.
In addition to showcasing unique cars, the event will feature an inspiring program as well as a silent auction. A vehicle will be presented to an area low-income family, and VFC will announce the recipient of its 2020 Intern of the Year Award.
VFC’s Intern of the Year is an outstanding individual who has capitalized on a second chance at life following incarceration through the organization’s Full Circle Automotive Training Program. Since its inception in 2015, Full Circle has trained more than 160 formerly-incarcerated men and women to become auto mechanics. With a completion and job placement rate of 100 percent, Full Circle is a nationally-recognized program combating recidivism in Maryland and Virginia.
Funds generated by the event will support VFC’s vital programs and services. To date, the event’s sponsors include Diamond: Heritage | MileOne Autogroup, Platinum: Commercial Utilities, Gold: Central Atlantic Toyota , Silver: SB & Company, LLC and Kaiser Permanente, and Bronze: Total Wine & More, the Maryland Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, Allogram, Powers by Culture and K. Neal Truck and Bus Center.
To purchase tickets, explore available sponsorship opportunities, or learn more about the event, visit vehiclesforchange.org. For questions, contact VFC’s Director of Development, Ayanna Dacosta, at 410-242-9674 or [email protected]
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