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4th Annual Veterans, Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show to Benefit Samaritan
Created by hospice on 6/16/2011 9:15:17 AM

 


The fourth annual Veterans Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show benefiting Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice will take place on Saturday, June 25 (rain date June 26), at 9 a.m. at Cherry Hill High School West, 2101 Chapel Ave West.

The judged show runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. with judging at 12:00 p.m. A total of 80 trophies will be awarded to participants this year. An award presentation beginning at 1:00 will include five 6'6" Best of Show trophies - including but not limited to one for stock class autos and trucks, one for modified class autos and trucks and one for motorcycles.

During the ceremony, Camden County Veterans Service Officer Colonel Bancroft will also honor living and deceased local veterans, including Adelbert Chance (POW in Korea, awarded Purple Heart for service), Dave Croge (Army, served in Vietnam), Bernard T. Leonelli (Army, served in WWII) and Arthur Seltzer (Army), in addition to the late Gregory T. Dalessio (Army, served in Iraq) and Bruce Tornari (USMC). Members of Dalessio's family will be in attendance at the show, and will be choosing which car or truck will be awarded with the trophy dedicated to his name.

One of the five 6'6 Best of Show trophies continues to honor a late Marlton resident, Harvey Schofield. Harvey was veteran and a collector of prized rare Lehmann-Peterson Continental Limousines. Of the 12 million cars produced by Ford Motor Company from 1964-69, only 100,000 were Lincolns and only 500 were Lincolns produced under a contract with Lehmann-Peterson. Of the 150 surviving Lehmann-Petersons, only six are shorter than the standard 34' stretch limo. Harvey owned three of those six, a feat he called "a modern miracle because it's so statistically improbable that anyone of modest means could acquire that many of the remaining cars."

 

John and Deborah serve up good food and a heaping helping of community service at last year's car show to benefit Samaritan's care for veterans.

 

A regular at many local and prestigious national car meets, Harvey first entered one of his prize-winning vehicles in the Veterans Car and Bike Show back in 2009, where he was first introduced to Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice. "I stopped by the Samaritan table" said Schofield "and picked up a brochure to learn more about Samaritan, just in case I ever needed them." By late December of that year, his health started taking a turn, and he thought back to his car show brochure and turned to Samaritan for help and support. The retired engineer used his time on Samaritan's service to organize his affairs and stay as active as he could for as long as he could.
 

During his final weeks last year, Harvey attended one final car show - a showing of his prize cars in his driveway to John and Deborah Giacoboni, organizers of the Veterans Car and Bike Show. Harvey Schofield died peacefully on April 30, 2010 in the Samaritan Inpatient Hospice Center in Mount Holly, NJ - but his legacy remains. The 6'6" Best in Show Trophy in the Original Car and Truck category will continue to be dedicated in Harvey's honor, as a tribute to his vibrant life and passionate love of cars.
 

Car show entry is free to spectators; there is a $15 car registration fee. The event includes music and food. Proceeds will benefit Samaritan Veterans' Hospice Services.

Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice cares for patients and families coping with a life-limiting illness. The experience of military service - particularly during traumatic combat assignments - can affect veterans physically, socially and emotionally throughout their lives, and especially at the end of life. Samaritan Veterans' Hospice Services provide specialized care and education for veterans and their families. Samaritan also offers a Veterans Visiting Veterans program, where veteran patients can be visited by veteran volunteers.
 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information on the car show, contact John Giacoboni at (609) 780-6640 or amxx@comcast.net.

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