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Youth to judge history's most stunning automobiles as juvenile arthritis fundraiser

The 39th annual Ault Park Concours d'Elegance is Sunday, June 12


Calling all car enthusiasts! The Ault Park Concours d’Elegance will celebrate its 39th annual showcase of the most stunning automobiles and motorcycles throughout history on Sunday, June 12.
 
What began in 1978 as the brainchild of the late Helen Williams has transformed over the past six years. She began the event as a way to honor her friend Bill Rudd, who dealt with rheumatoid arthritis, and as a way to benefit the Ohio River Valley's chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

While the focus is still very much aimed at car enthusiasts, youth judging will occur.
 
“It infuses new energy into the show and engages the next generation of car enthusiasts,” says Elysa Hamlin, communications representative for the event. “They will have the opportunity to participate in an informative session on basic judging skills and will then put their skills to the test, awarding three top finishers from a pre-selected group of automobiles displayed.”
 
Although the Arthritis Foundation is still the beneficiary, the proceeds now go specifically toward juvenile arthritis.
 
Mila, who is just 8 years old, knows all too well what it means to be affected by arthritis and also understands what it means to have support. She will participate in this year’s judging competition and will present the awards at the culmination of the spectacle.
 
“Event proceeds over the years have significantly grown the services available to children in Greater Cincinnati who are suffering from the disease, and their families,” Hamlin says. “Proceeds have supported Juvenile Arthritis Camps and Juvenile Arthritis Power Packs — kits with useful information and tools to assist newly diagnosed children and teens, as well as their parents. It’s a great event to attend because it supports a great cause.” 

Do Good: 

• Purchase tickets at the gate for Sunday's show at Ault Park. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students with IDs and free for children 12 and under. There will also be free shuttle service provided. Check here for information regarding parking. 

• While the judging won't occur until Sunday, there are events going on all weekend. Here is the complete schedule. 

• If you can't attend Sunday's festivities, support the Arthritis Foundation by donating online. 
 

Read more articles by Brittany York.

Brittany York is a professor of English composition at both the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. She serves as project manager for Charitable Words and edits the For Good section of Soapbox Media. 
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