The Hiram Police Department recently held a Hot Rod Car Show fundraiser for its "Shop with a Cop" program. The event raised $860.
"I was astounded by the turnout for the event, it is so nice to see many folks from all around come out and support the Hiram Police Department and our community programs" Chief Ed Samec said.
The event offered first-, second- and third-place trophies for best Mopar, Ford, General Motors, truck, hot rod, and best "other." There also were "Best in Show" and "Mayor's Choice" categories.
"Without our sponsors for the car show, we wouldn't have been able to make it a success, Samec said. A huge 'thank you' to Kepich Ford, the event's main sponsor, Village Motors, Portage Portable Toilets, Advance Auto, Charles Chevrolet, Company Front Trophies, Jason Adkins D.J., Hiram Gionino's, Owl Origami, Hiram College Bookstore, Windham Hardware, Rolling Smoke BBQ, and Car Hops Burger Sauce."
Garrettsville Mayor Rick Patrick was the event's emcee and announcer.
"This was our first Hot Rod car show and will definitely not be the last; we plan to make this an every year event," Patrick said, adding that the event fits in with Samec's "Team Hiram" approach.
Team Hiram is a unity, a family and a team, Samec said.
"Team Hiram is everyone coming together to create a beneficial cause, everyone from police officers, community members, Hiram mayor and vouncil, Hiram College, and each and everyone who attends the community events and fund raisers," he said.
Samec added that if not for the Team Hiram philosophy the community programs would not be a success.
"It takes everyone coming together to make our programs work and being able to give back to the community the way we do, we are truly grateful for those who are grateful for what we do," Samec said.