Hamburg National Honor Society students host ‘Vehicles for Vets'

Photo by Carl Hess There was truly something for everyone at the HAHS National Honor Society's Vehicles For Vets show on Sunday, May 18. Proceeds from the event went to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Photo by Carl Hess Here's about half of the motorcycles entered in the show and you could see everything from choppers, touring bikes, antiques and cruisers entered in the competition. Second in line is Doug Rapp's 1967 Harley-Davidson that won the Judge's Award for motorcycles

The parking lot at Hamburg Area High School looked a bit different than usual on Sunday, May 18. A full lot on a Sunday is far from typical, but even if it was a weekend the cars in the lot were not those that one would see even on a school day. Students and the community came together for a car and motorcycle for a good cause.

The Hamburg Area High School National Honor Society hosted ‘Vehicles for Vets’ with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

“I am always proud of my students when they put the needs of others in the forefront,” said Michelle Cinicola, National Honor Society advisor.

It was the students who decided what type of event they wanted to hold and who took care of the organizing though it was a first for most of them when it came to organizing and running a car show.


“Each year I ask the students what they want to do for service. The events need to be something that the students are interested in, otherwise they will not participate,” said Cinicola. “Several boys in our National Honor Society wanted to run a car show and the benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project came along after members helped with our annual Veteran’s Day breakfast in November and though it would be a good cause for the funds we raised.”

Last year the group held a 5K race and hair donations event called “Endure for a Cure.” That event benefited the American Cancer Society and Locks of Love. Cinicola commented that the group was passionate about those causes last year and this year the passion was for the Wounded Warrior Project.

“All money raised will go to the Wounded Warrior Project,” said Cinicola. She added that the group plans to give at least $5,500 to the organization.

“Planning took lots of hard work. We had several committees working on different parts of the plan: registration committee, food committee, basket raffle committee and advertising committee to name a few,” said Cinicola.

There were a total of 95 cars and 14 motorcycles at the event which also featured food, gift basket raffles, music, 50/50 raffle, bake sale and a table for the Wounded Warrior Project.

“The turnout was great for a first time effort,” she said. “Some registrants made a few suggestions, but the feedback was great!”

Awards were given in each of the categories and included a judged award, people’s choice award and soldier’s choice bet in show award.

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Shea Singley

Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.