An annual fundraising event in Woodstock to support a local non-profit organization is coming later this month, offering a car show, music and barbecue.
The fifth annual Pork and Torque Car, Truck, and Bike Show will be from noon to 4 p.m. March 26 at Allen Temple Church, 232 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock. If it rains, the event is planned to take place the following Saturday.
The event is free to attend, and pre-registration is $25 for anyone who would like to be a part of the car show. Registration at the door is $30. Trophies will be given out to the audience’s favorite cars.
All proceeds from the event will go towards the Woodstock-based PAMAH Foundation, which works to raise awareness on the dangers of meningitis and meningococcal disease and the importance of vaccinations through advocacy, education, and community health and wellness programs. The organization also helps families adversely affected by meningitis.
The inspiration behind the organization is Percilla Ann Marie April-Hodge (PAMAH), a mother of three who died in July 2018 at 27 due to complications from pneumococcal meningitis.
Shaquille Hodge, the founder of the PAMAH Foundation, was her husband for eight years. He said the main reason he started the organization in December 2018 was to learn about pneumococcal meningitis.
“The main reason we started the foundation is because we don’t know any type of information on how it’s contracted, so I started the foundation to assist with researching this and to help people’s families who have dealt with it or are currently dealing with it,” he said. “There’s just not enough information on it. I wish I knew how she got it so I could help others…but I just don’t know.”
Meningitis is an inflammation of protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s most commonly caused by a viral or bacteria infection, but injuries, cancer, certain drugs, and other types of infections can also cause meningitis. Meningococcal disease is any illness caused by a type of bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis, which can include meningitis.
There are vaccines for four types of bacteria and some of the viruses that can cause meningitis, according to the CDC, but not for non-polio enteroviruses, the most common cause of viral meningitis.
All of the research on finding a cure for meningitis is in the United Kingdom, said Danielle Hodge, Shaquille Hodge’s mother.
Shaquille Hodge, who lives in Woodstock, said his late wife was “the type of person to do things out of the kindness of her heart.”
“Everything is based off of who she was as an individual and how I know she would have gone about the situation if the roles were reversed,” he said.”
Using his experience working on the under glow, rim, and interior lights on cars, Shaquille Hodge transformed his car to honor her. His 2016 Dodge Charger, which will be at the car show, has a marble wrap, representing his late wife’s tombstone and his own healing process, he said.
“There is also a portrait of her painted under the hood of the car because she watches over my heart, so I want her face there to watch over the heart of the car as well,” he said. “I also have stars on the ceiling representing the stars where she lives now. The car is also fully reflective so whenever the light hits the car it is like an angel glow, and the doors represent her angel wings. There are more minor details to the car of things she liked.”
The first year of the car show served as a way to have fun with the community, Danielle Hodge said, but after Percilla Hodge died, it became a way to spread awareness about meningitis, help raise funds for the organization, and honor her late daughter-in-law.
The PAMAH Foundation offers scholarships, local programs, and advocacy partnerships. The foundation also takes donations.
For more information on the event and the organization, visit www.pamahfoundation.org.