Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Car buffs donate $50K to hospital


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The Pumpkin Run Nationals closed 2003 with a hefty donation to the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital.

Officials of the show, which is formally known as the Fastiques Rod & Custom Show of Southern Ohio, gave the hospital a $50,000 check last month.

The major event last year for the show brought in 3,000 vintage autos and trucks from across the country that met at the Clermont County Fairgrounds for a weekend of events in October.

"This show was one of our biggest,'' said Frank Witt, director of Fastiques. "It is always on the first Sunday in October. The antique car owners come in on Friday and stay through Sunday.''

The local club was founded in 1973 by owners of older cars, ranging from street rods to customs and restored classics. The local chapter is an affiliate of the National Street Rod Association.

Witt said the group has donated more than $325,000 to Shriners Hospital since 1996.

The group uses the name Pumpkin Run Nationals because it is always held in the fall. The name, Fastiques, refers to fast antiques, Witt said.

Cincinnati Shriners Hospital is one of 22 health-care outlets in the Shriners Hospitals for Children system, which offer specialized orthopedic, spinal cord and burn care to children.

Teacher nominated

For her efforts in constructing a creative learning environment at Mercer Elementary school in the Forest Hills Local School District, Kris Bartel, has been nominated to receive a DisneyHand Teacher Award.

The award is given to teachers who develop creative situations where students and teachers explore, imagine and engage in a variety of thought-provoking experiences. If Bartel is chosen as a finalist, she will be among 45 other teachers from across the country who will be honored. She could win one of the DisneyHand Teacher awards, which include a $5,000 gift from the Walt Disney Co. to her school.

Scholarships awarded

The Cincinnati African-American Firefighters Association and the Sentinel Police Association will present three scholarships at the 18th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards and Scholarship Banquet on Jan. 17 at the Schiff Family Conference Center at Xavier University.

"We started giving scholarships to graduating seniors in 1994, and to date have given nearly $40,000," said Jeff Harris, co-chairman of the banquet.

He said the awards will go to Dominique Wills, Hughes Center; Ashley Strader, Walnut Hills; and Kimisha Davis, School for Creative and Performing Arts.

Our kids: Scholarships given

The family of Tim Sowards awarded two scholarships to members of Lebanon Correctional Institution's employee families. Sowards, a longtime institutional inspector, died a year ago this month.

The recipients:

Kristin Cole, daughter of Officer Dennis Cole and his wife, Darlene. The Lebanon High School graduate attends Miami University Middletown.

Candice Terrell, daughter of Officer Charles Fowee and his wife, Kim. The Fairfield High School graduate attends the University of Cincinnati.

Accepted into med school

Theresa Bacigalupo, who is studying for a master's degree in public health, has been accepted into the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She had earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the UK.

The Beechwood High School graduate is the daughter of Shirley and Robert Bacigalupo of Fort Mitchell.

Madeira scholarships

The Madeira Woman's Club has awarded $2,000 scholarships to two 2003 Madeira Junior/Senior High School graduates:

Brittany Baltes, who is majoring in business/communications with a minor in French at Ohio University. She is the daughter of Kimberly Taylor of Madeira.

Jennifer Miller, who is studying marine biology at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti.

She is the daughter of Debbie and Greg Miller of Madeira.

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