Oxford, OH, July 09, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Anticipating over 500 German sports cars, Porsches 2 Oxford organizers are making final preparations for the 6th annual event on July 30-31, 2010. As the nation’s premier Porsche cruise-in entertains attendees from over 20 states and Canada, efforts to raise $10,000 for the American Cancer Society once again takes center stage. Hosted by the Mid-Ohio Region Porsche Club of America, P2O occupies most of the uptown Oxford streets and is free to the public.
“Last year was incredible on many levels,” said P2O Media and Publicity Director Chris Rieman. “We set a new attendance record for our fifth anniversary event in spite of weather conditions that were nearly apocalyptic. But that didn’t stop attendees or dampen their spirits even when the wind and rain were dampening the Oxford streets. That’s a testament to just how important this event is to the national Porsche landscape.”
Dubbed “a casual Porsche party,” P2O organizers host attendees in the rural college town of uptown Oxford, Ohio. Located 30 miles north of Cincinnati along the Ohio-Indiana border, event activities expand this year to include an outdoor food and beer garden nicknamed "Party in the Park" from 6-9PM Friday July 30th to welcome and engage arriving guests, while the signature car show takes place all day Saturday with an awards ceremony to follow around 4pm. A Sunday road rally along the countryside wraps up the weekend.
“Our offseason goal was to add more activities so guests can make a long weekend out of their travels,” Rieman said. “More opportunities to interact with guests, bring in exciting new vendors, and incorporate the uptown Oxford businesses seemed like a natural response on our part that benefits the entire community.”
Although the casual fun alongside expensive German sports cars headlines the event, P2O brings Porsche enthusiasts together to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. The event’s underlying charity for the past three years, the ACS has a special connection that organizers draw inspiration from.
“MaryLynn Roe co-founded the event in Michigan in 2003 and saw the move to Oxford in 2005, but her courageous battle with cancer was her greatest legacy,” Rieman said. “She passed away from cancer in 2006 but her spirit and vision remain a central rallying point for this event. The ACS is a perfect fit for us.”
Organizers started a new tradition in 2009 to do just that, selling prime parking spots for $100 each to benefit the local chapter of the ACS. All 40 spaces were sold in the first three days of registration. Five dollars from general registrations also benefit the charity while 50/50 drawings throughout the afternoon complete the fundraising. Organizers have expanded MaryLynn’s Row parking to 75 spaces in 2010 to accommodate the demand.
“We raised $10,000 last year and every penny came directly from the attendees,” Rieman said. “This is not an event where organizers ask sponsors to write large checks from an out-of-state office. The giving is personal and profound and done in a way that highlights the very best of intentions by our guests. We plan to raise another $10,000 in 2010.”
Porsches 2 Oxford began as Porsches 2 Pinckney (MI) in 2003 as 85 cars took part in the first-year event. The event moved to Oxford in 2005 and entertained a modest 140 cars. The attendees increased to 225 cars in 2006 and 255 cars in 2007. A then-record 396 Porsches made their way to Oxford on July 26, 2008 for the fourth annual event. Last year, the record was broken again with 409 Porsches from 21 states and three Canadian provinces.
For more information on 2010’s sixth annual event, please visit www.porsches2oxford.com.