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OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 27, 2017) – A trio of activities at the upcoming 100th Anniversary Oklahoma City International Auto Show will help benefit a local children’s cancer charity.

Revenues from the OKC Auto Show Gala, Auto Show 5K and the 18-Hole Mini-Golf Course Experience will be donated to 10 Strong, which has a mission to support and encourage families currently going through cancer treatment on the 10th floor of the OU Children’s Hospital.

“We are so incredibly blessed to be chosen as the recipients of generosity from the OKC Auto Show, especially during the 100-year celebration,” Nicole Howard of 10 Strong said. “This will allow for us to spend more time focused on helping support the kids and their families as they continue to deal with the daily issues that come with a diagnosis of cancer.”

Each of the staff members of 10 Strong is a mom whose own child spent time dealing with cancer on the 10th floor of the OU Children’s Hospital. What began in 2013 as an organized effort to bring some joy to the families in the cancer unit became an official charity in June 2015. Every Wednesday, the staff at 10 Strong visits the kids on the 10th floor. Whether it is waffle night, an ice cream social, movie night or even an Italian soda bar, Wednesdays are considered “the best day to fight cancer.”

The events helping fund the charity include the OKC Auto Show Gala, which is being held Friday, March 10th, at 6:30 p.m. The Auto Show 5K starts at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 11th. The mini-golf course will be open throughout the auto show. Additional details and registration information can be found at www.okcautoshow.org.

“It is always a great feeling to be able to help out those in need, and we really look forward to having the opportunity to help 10 Strong in their efforts to bring happiness to the kids and families on the 10th Floor of the OU Children’s Hospital,” OKC Auto Show Chairman John Holt said. “We expect the centennial celebration of the Oklahoma City International Auto Show to be one of our most popular events yet, and we are hopeful that we are able to raise a lot of money for 10 Strong.”

The 100th anniversary of the Oklahoma City International Auto Show is being held March 10-12 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in the new Bennett Event Center. The OKC Auto Show is one of the largest consumer shows in Oklahoma and will feature a variety of entertaining activities for adults and kids of all ages. In addition to the Gala, 5K race and mini-golf course, the 100th anniversary event will include a re-creation of the event from a century ago with 44 one hundred-year-old and vintage cars; the opportunity to test drive 24 cars and trucks from FCA, Toyota and Chevrolet; the “Coffee and Cars” event; the Hall of Fame NASCAR exhibit; exotic cars; and lots and lots of 2017 new cars and trucks from 27 automobile brands.

“The mission of 10 Strong is one that truly warms my heart, especially knowing how much they positively impact the lives of those families who are going through such difficult times,” Peter Hodges, president of the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association, said. “The joy they bring to these kids is a genuine blessing, and we are excited to be able to contribute to the love and compassion they provide through their work.”

The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association was formed on May 4, 1916 as the Oklahoma City Motor Car Dealers’ Association, and the first OKC Auto Show was held January 23-26, 1917.

This year’s Oklahoma City Auto Show will be one of the first major consumer shows to take place in the new, state of-the-art Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park. Attendees will have the experience of enjoying the show under one roof with immediate access to all of the exhibits and events.

Those interested in purchasing tickets are encouraged to go to www.okcautoshow.org for additional information. Discounts are available for tickets purchased online. Buy one get one free coupons are available at local 7-Eleven stores, Red Coyote running and fitness and Solid Rock Basketball.

Among the automaker brands participating in the show are Alfa Romeo, Acura, Buick, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Explorer Van, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Ram, Smart, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

The OKC Auto Show is sponsored in part by State Farm, 7-Eleven and The Oklahoman.

The Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association is a non-profit organization that exists to serve and promote the franchised new motor vehicle dealers of metro Oklahoma City and is the producer of the OKC Auto Show.