Carroll County American Muscle lends support to county veterans at car show

The Carroll County American Muscle car club held a car show Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 to benefit the Carroll County Veterans Independence Project.

The sound of Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” played over the speakers at Len Stoler Chevrolet as people milled around the grassy lot filled with cars, some dating back as far as the 1930s.

More than 60 cars participated in the second car show put on by the Carroll County American Muscle car club on Saturday to benefit the Carroll County Veterans Independence Project.


“They’re very supportive — many of them are veterans,” Ed Cramer, vice president of the CCVIP, said of the car club.

Cramer said there’s been a lot of support from the local community for CCVIP’s project, which is to repurpose the former U.S. Army Reserve building on Malcolm Drive in Westminster to create a veterans center.

It will take about $4.5 million to complete the project, Cramer said, and the CCVIP will be getting into “some serious fundraising” soon.

“Getting to the $4.5 million is going to be a real challenge,” he said.

Ken Bonner, treasurer for CCVIP and a member of the car club, said the mission of CCAM is to give back to the community.

“It’s all about getting together — we’re all car enthusiasts — and raising money for a good cause to help our veterans in Carroll County,” he said.

Frank Valenti, president of the CCVIP, said there’s a two-part application through the state to change the use of the building. The first part of the application is down, he said, and the hope is to hear back by the end of September in order to then submit the second portion.

Carroll County Veterans Independence Project Vice President Ed Cramer came to the Veteran’s Advisory Council Tuesday afternoon to share progress on the project he hopes will help homeless veterans in the county.

Once they have a clean deed, he said, they can sign a lease with the county for a nominal fee, and keep working toward getting the center completed.


“And then we’ll begin the capital campaign, construction and renovation of the facility,” Valenti said.

The facility is on 3.81 acres, he said.

“We have a lot of room to expand,” Valenti added.

The CCVIP will hold a gala on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Martin's Westminster. For more information on the event and other ways to help support the project, visit www.carrollcountyvip.org.