Sunday cartoon: Tri-State Cruisers charity car shows


BURRILLVILLE – Buckleupallofus Tri-State Cruisers charity car shows begin Saturday, April 30 for another cruisin’ season. Start time is every Saturday at 3 p.m., weather permitting on the grassy field adjacent to Pizza 101 located in Pomfret, Conn.

The Tri-State Cruisers host this very popular weekly car show and also host a variety of annual car shows that benefits The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp every year. This camp offers very sick children a place to go during the summer months to help them forget about their illnesses for awhile and just have fun being kids.

The Buckleupallofus balloon has been a long time attraction to their car shows not only in Pomfret but at their other charity car shows during the course of the season. Thousands of Bucky child passenger safety, kids in hot cars safety, sun smart safety and vehicle entrapment prevention coloring posters, fridge magnets and stickers are passed out to kids and adults every week, from May through the end of September, reminding kids and families to be safer in and around vehicles.

There are many more car shows and cruise nights across the area that also provide kids and families with these Bucky safety materials to take home and display on refrigerators and bedroom walls. This car show expects to surpass a combined $200,000 this season with generated funding that goes directly to The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp for sick children due to these automotive events hosted over the past two decades. Their 50/50 raffle is one of the largest in the area, and donations are accepted at the car show entrance.

Due to overwhelming demand for Bucky balloon showcase events this summer, the balloon attraction may not always be on display, but the safety materials will always be available for the kids to take home color and display. Buckleupallofus and Children Across America are also sponsoring trophies this season for the Tri-State Cruisers and this great charity car show.

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 also appointed to Children Across America as their events and creative director for their child safety programs initiatives and outreach kids safety campaigns nationwide

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