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Benedictine School Auctioning Hot-Rod To Benefit Programs For Disabled Students

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1941 Willy's Pro-Street Coupe being auctioned by Benedictine (Photo:WBOC) 1941 Willy's Pro-Street Coupe being auctioned by Benedictine (Photo:WBOC)

RIDGELY, Md.-  In Caroline County, there is a school near Ridgely, but it is no ordinary school.  The Benedictine School has been working with children and adults dealing with autism for decades. Its goal is to give their students the opportunity to overcome their disabilities, and integrate with the outside world and make meaningful contributions.  It is a goal that caught the attention of a car collector in New Jersey, and he decided to give the school an unusual donation.

Orzetti heard about the school from Cathy Cherry, a woman affiliated with the school.

The donation is a 1941 Willy's pro street coupe.  The car is now owned by the school.

"Not many organizations get any donation like this," said Barry Smale, director of the Benedictine Foundation.

The car was given to the school by Ed Orzetti of New Jersey.  Ed is a car collector, but his wife said before he bought another car, he had to sell one.  He instead donated it to the Benedictine School three years after he had first heard about their mission.

"He called me, checked out our website to make sure we were legitimate.  Loved what we do here, love what we do for the kids with disabilities here.  I went up and met Ed to see the car, and said absolutely, we'd love to have this as a donation to help promote our Chrome City Ride," said Smale.

The car will be featured at this year's show on July 31, and will be up for auction through the end of August.  It's assessed at $72,000, and has all the modern amenities including an iPod dock, backup camera, and the all important air conditioning!

"All funds raised for the Chrome City Ride will be going towards our annual fund needs.  Everything from tuition assistance to technology needs for the kids, technology tools for our staff, our teachers, and various renovation projects on campus," said Smale.

And to top it off, someone goes home with a nice set of wheels.

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