BURRILLVILLE – The 7th Annual Buckleupallofus charity car show held on Sunday, Sept. 26, raised more than $2,500 for imPossible Dream castle and playground, designed for disabled children to enjoy fun and activities indoors and outdoors in Warwick.
It was a beautiful fall day across New England and the turnout was the largest to date. Not only did we fill the parking lot with classic cars and trucks, but we also had hundreds of kids and parents attend to see the cool vehicles and giant Buckleupallofus balloon. Family vehicles were parked on the road leading to the Bucky Car Show as far as your eyes could see. Kids came in groups to hug and get photos with the award-winning, child passenger safety mascot, Buckleupallofus, and take home hundreds of Bucky Cruisin’ safety coloring posters, fridge magnets and 7-Eleven Bucky coloring coupons to receive free Slurpees at any 7-Eleven location.
The Warwick Police Department also helped to pass out Bucky-themed materials and there were plenty of area businesses supplying gift certificates and give-aways, as well as raffle items that were given out during the day. Business sponsors included Sandy Motors, Navigant Banks, DiPonti Communications and more, helping to make this a great community event, and reminding kids and families to be safer on our roadways. The event was also a simultaneous live radio show broadcast and podcast heard and viewed by thousands of listeners. DJ Big Al played everyone’s favorite oldies and kids were dancing along with Bucky the giant Kids Safety Dinosaur. Children Across America Executive Director Ray Fellows lent a helping hand and took photos of the classic car and truck show for media and social groups.
For the kids this week, NRI NOW has the Bucky Cruisin’ safety coloring cartoon that was passed out to all of the kids and parents attending this great Buckleupallofus charity classic car and truck show benefitting imPossible Dream.
Jim Weicherding is a Burrillville resident, and the founder and creator of an award-winning traffic safety effort Seasons of Safety. Weicherding contributes kids’ coloring cartoons, which can be printed and used to help parents discuss safety issues with their children. He has a long list of police officers and firefighters in his family and has worked with law enforcement and firefighters in a creative public safety capacity for more than two decades.
Jim was recently appointed to Children Across America as their events and creative director for their child safety programs initiatives and outreach kids safety campaigns nationwide.