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Visitors discuss Cruise In entries

Visitors to the Cruise In discuss the selection of entries.

Photographer: Kayla Hoffman

President Roderick J. McDavis and Cruise In participant

President Roderick J. McDavis speaks with a participant at the Cruise In

Photographer: Kayla Hoffman

President Roderick J. McDavis inspects the 1938 Plymouth, which won the President's Choice Award

President McDavis takes in the details of the 1938 Plymouth, which won the President's Choice Award

Photographer: Kayla Hoffman

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Cruise In at the Convo raises funds, welcomes classic cars


The OHIO Alumni Varsity Band joined forces with regional vintage automobile enthusiasts last Saturday at the fourth annual Cruise In at the Convo, where over $1,500 was raised to support various Ohio University Marching Band Society and Friends (OUMBSAF) initiatives.

This year, 300 people from 18 counties in southeast Ohio and West Virginia were represented at the event and 75 registered vehicles were showcased -- 25 more than last year.

“Word is getting out that we put on a quality event,” said Aaron Romero, director of AVB, Cruise In event coordinator. Romero received his master’s degree in 1995 from OHIO’s College of Health Sciences and Professions.

“President McDavis told me after our first year that he really wanted to see this event become a tradition, and I said ‘Okay’,” Romero said. “Since then we have grown each year and are now being recognized more for our efforts.”

University President Roderick J. McDavis attended the event and selected a 1938 Plymouth 2-door sedan, entered by Gary Boley of Newport, Ohio, for the President’s Choice award.

"I look forward to choosing a car each year and being a part of such a fun, community-focused event in support of our Marching 110," McDavis said.

For many years the AVB has donated their own performance earnings to the Marching 110. In 2010, Romero organized the first Cruise In at the Convo to diversify and increase the band’s efforts to raise money for the OHIO band.

“We want to be more of a fundraising arm for the current 110 and the alumni society,” Romero said. “We decided four years ago to take control and build our own event; we can’t wait for an opportunity to perform in order to raise funds. We want to be doing more.”

Dash Plaques and T-shirts were given to each of the participating motorists, along with door prizes and drawings for those in attendance. Ten local organizations rallied to sponsor the event along with the AVB.

The Cruise In at the Convo is unique in that there are no “Best of” categories. Instead, select University leadership and organizations as well as community members, select “Choice” award winners. Among the most notable awards, Roger Holisinger from Reedsville, Ohio, won the OUAA Choice Award for his 1949 Chevy pickup; Tim Bail from Athens, Ohio, was awarded the OHIO Athletics Choice for his 1932 Ford High Boy Roadster; and the Ohio University Marching 110 Choice was awarded to Marc Sheridan from Waverly, Ohio, for his 1966 Chevy Corvair.

Lou Horvath, a 1975 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, was the event’s public announcer.