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CLASSIC CARS SHOW AT VALENCIA.

Byline: Daily News

A classic car show will be held Saturday in Valencia to raise money for trauma and paramedic services at Santa Clarita Valley's only hospital.

Money also will be raised for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's Flame of Life volunteers.

The car show will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Valencia AutoSpa, 23500 Valencia Blvd., as the company's's monthly charity Cruise Night. Car owners pay a $5 entry fee; admission is free to spectators.

Money raised will help improve emergency services at Newhall Memorial, which operates one of 13 trauma centers in Los Angeles County. Victims of trauma include those who have suffered shock, sustained gunshot or stab wounds, have been involved in major auto accidents or other life-threatening situations.

Designated by Los Angeles County as a level II trauma center, the hospital has a trauma surgeon on duty at the hospital 24 hours a day, every day.

The hospital's Flame of Life Volunteer program began as a fund-raiser for the trauma center.

``The group ensures funding so Newhall Memorial's trauma center and paramedic services remain strong in the Santa Clarita Valley,'' volunteer Marilyn Christian said. ``The vital need for the trauma center was never more apparent than on the day of the Northridge Earthquake in 1994, when more than 450 Santa Clarita residents sought help from the emergency department. A total of 1,000 people were treated at the hospital that first week.''

The AutoSpa has helped raise more than $70,000 for local charities since their first community charity event in 1997. Money has been raised for the American Red Cross, Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence and the Michael Hofflin Foundation, among others.

``Our monthly cruise night features a different charity each month, and it's our way of giving back to those in need in our community,'' AutoSpa owner Randy Cressall said.

Participants have the opportunity to show off their restored vehicles and to earn a chance to win a trophy for Best of Show, Best Stock Car, Best Engine and Paint Restoration, and People's Choice.

Open to the public, the event features vintage classic cars such as T-birds, Rolls Royce, late-model Mustangs, Packards, Corvettes and Hudsons. The public can also enjoy a live D.J. and top musical hits from from the '50s, '60s and '70s.

The event is free, but donations for the trauma center will be collected. For information, call (661) 254-2000.
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Date:Sep 3, 1999
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