2018 Chrome City Ride

Motorcycles pass under an American flag at the Benedictine School near Ridgely for the 2018 Chrome City Ride last July.

RIDGELY — The Benedictine School in Ridgely welcomes motorcycles, street rods, classic and custom cars to campus Sunday, July 28, for the schools’s 18th annual Chrome City Ride to benefit children with disabilities.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The $35 per-person fee includes an official ride t-shirt, a barbecue lunch and a day of fun for a great cause.

Participants can register online before the event or at registration and rally starting point locations, including Outback Steakhouse in Annapolis, CPR Porsche Restoration (next to Paul T. Ewing, Inc.) in Easton, Old Glory Harley Davidson in Laurel, Hitchcock Autoworks in Owings or on campus in Ridgely.

The annual car and motorcycle event draws more than 1,000 riders, and the money raised supports the school to fund tuition assistance for children and special adaptive equipment for the students. The funds also support opportunities for adults with disabilities to work and live in the community.

This year, a donated signed Paul Reed Smith guitar will be sold through an online auction with all proceeds going to support Benedictine‘s Chrome City Ride.

Returning event favorites include “Rockin’ Elvis” and Big Daddy P with DJ Chris, motorcycle demonstrators, door prizes and auction items.

The 2018 Chrome City Ride raised more than $118,000. Since its inception, the ride has raised more the $1.6 million for the Benedictine School.

“We are honored to have so many car enthusiasts from the Maryland and Delaware region come to support the kids each year,” Benedictine Foundation Director Barry Smale said during the 2018 Chrome City Ride. “This is an event where our kids love seeing the cars and motorcycles. They interact with the various owners. The owners take a lot of great individual time to show the kids what is special about their cars and motorcycles.

“I was just talking to one gentleman this morning who is making his 17th Chrome City Ride,” he said. “They establish relationships with the kids. They make them feel special.”

More than 2,100 riders met at six locations in 2018. After meeting, the groups rode to the school together. Maryland and Delaware law enforcement agencies also participated in the ride. Once they arrived, the guests received lunch from Famous Dave’s BBQ.

The Benedictine School serves students from the entire Mid-Atlantic region, including Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

At the beginning of 2018, the Benedictine School earned a two-year accreditation through 2020 from the National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services.

The accreditation placed the Benedictine School among 26 institutions in the nation to receive the honor out of about 200 special education schools.

As a national commission that verifies and promotes excellence in education service, NCASES evaluates private special education programs through a process that encourages diversity of educational practice and innovation. The process assures students in private special education settings are provided environments that are healthy, safe, comfortable and conducive to learning.

NCASES also named Benedictine School teacher Lorraine Slama the 2018 Educator of the Year.

For more information join the Facebook event page @ChromeCityRideforBenedictine or visit benschool.org/support-benedictine/special-events/chrome-city-ride.

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