BURRILLVILLE –Tri-State Cruisers and Buckleupallofus ended their car show season on a high note in 2021 in spite of early poor weather conditions that lasted for the first three months of the cruising season here in the region.
May, June and July were not great for automotive enthusiasts, with cooler than normal temperatures and non-stop rainy conditions that forced many to stay home and wait it out for better days and nights. Fortunately, August was a turning point, and the weather was in our favor, allowing for more car shows and cruise nights to take place, and that lasted well into the month of October.
On Saturday, Oct. 16, our last car show was held in Pomfret, Conn., and we presented our charity cause, The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp, a check for nearly $20,000 to help terminally sick kids experience camping fun and activities next year. We have been raising funds annually for this kids camp for nearly three decades every car show season. Not only did we help raise funds for the kids camp, we also helped raise awareness about buckle up and traffic safety with the giant Buckleupallofus Balloon attraction and distribution of thousands of Bucky coloring posters, fridge magnets, stickers and coloring books every Saturday to all of the kids attending this weekly car show.
Bucky Balloon has been an attraction at this popular Saturday car show for the past five years, reaching out to kids and families about traffic safety with a lot of take home merchandise and coloring formats you can’t find anywhere else. This is just one weekly car show out of the hundred of Bucky Balloon car show showcases taking place every cruisin’ season across New England and New York State reminding kids, teens and adults to buckle up and drive safely.
It’s a daunting task hosting these charity car shows week after week, month after month, year after year, but when you realize the impact these events have on charity causes such as The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp, and the smiles on kids faces that see the giant Buckleupallofus Balloon and take home all of the great traffic safety merchandise that help to keep them safer, you know the hard work and effort is well worth everything. It’s a lot of work. The Tri-State Cruisers and Buckleupallofus work hard every car show season raising funds and keeping kids and families safer on our roadways. What goes better with fundraising and traffic safety other than hosting car shows? I cannot think of anything else that does both while benefiting local charities, and heightens awareness for kids and families buckle up all of us traffic safety every year.
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.