Pennsylvania Auto Show shifts into charitable mode with big donation

Harrisburg

The Pennsylvania Auto Show is off to the races. While the Farm Show Complex will be filled with motor oil and muscle cars for four days, Thursday night took a different course.

Harrisburg Auto Dealers held their third annual charity night. This year, it benefited the Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey. 

Miracle Mya Beckner weighed less than a pound when she was born. She had to fight for her life due to onset IUGR, or intrauterine growth restriction, which causes the mother’s womb to attack, not nourish the fetus. 

“I had an emergency C-section at 26 weeks and five days because she had stopped growing,” said Amber Beckner, Mya’s mom. 

For the first six and a half months of her life, the only home she knew was the Children’s Hospital at Penn State Hershey. It’s a home that the Harrisburg Auto Dealers adopted. 

“We are what we are today and the businesses that we run because of the community and the people in the community, so this is our way to give back to them,” said Don Perry, Pennsylvania Auto Show chairman. 

They gave back by giving a $50,000 donation to the Children’s Miracle Network. Officials said the check is desperately needed, with 100,000 kids being treated at the facility each year. 

“The hospital needs additional funding all the time for new equipment. We’re actually in the middle of construction right now. They’re building three additional stories because there’s such a great need,” said Elizabeth Wilson, assistant director of digital and community funding at the Children’s Miracle Network. 

“They make something that’s uncomfortable a little bit less uncomfortable and help make the impossible, possible,” Beckner said. 

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