Annual Car Show Helps Patients At Bellaire Hospital

Photo by Joselyn King Dale How of Proctor tends to his 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air during a car show Saturday at the Belmont Community Health Center sponsored by the Belmont Community Hospital Auxiliary. It was expected that 80 cars would participate in the event, with proceeds used to purchase items for patient care at the hospital.

BELLAIRE — Auto enthusiasts put a lot of heart into restoring cars, and the passion shown by those attending a car show in Bellaire on Saturday is going to help buy heart-saving equipment at Belmont Community Hospital.

The hospital auxiliary sponsored its third annual car show Saturday in the parking lot at Belmont Community Health Center. As many as 80 cars were expected to participate, with 31 trophies to be awarded, according to auxiliary President Sheri Harvey.

The past two car shows each generated about $1,200 for the auxiliary, and she said this year’s proceeds are being directed toward the purchase of new cardiopulmonary resuscitation equipment for the hospital.

“We provide things for patient care purposes,” she said.

Money raised by the auxiliary during recent years has been used to purchase dinnerware and a new freezer for the hospital’s dietary department, according to Harvey. The passion for patient care and antiques resonates with hospital staff.

Mike Blair, director of facilities at Belmont Community Hospital, displayed his 1930 Model A Ford at the car show.

“It took about a year to a year and half to restore,” he said. “It’s back to the original factory specifications.”

Parked next to Blair’s car was a 1929 Model A Ford owned by another hospital employee, Ronnie Vetula. A maintenance man at the hospital, he said he was inspired to own the car by “his boss” Blair.

Dale How of Proctor could be seen getting out the detailing mist and wiping off his 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.

“It gets me out of the house,” he said. “I have nothing else to do.”


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