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Cruisin for Kids Annual Car Show

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Car Show a Huge Success!

The Ninth annual Cruisin for Kids was highlighted in an article on LoHud.com this morning:

By Jane Lerner • jlerner@lohud.com • August 1, 2010

THIELLS — There was a cherry red 1966 Pontiac GTO, a canary yellow 1970 Oldsmobile and even a royal blue '55 Chevrolet Delray.

But the real stars of a car show held Saturday in Thiells were three disabled children whose families will be the recipients of money raised at the event.

"It's just a beautiful day," said Joseph Seeley, who was at the event with his family, including his son, Nicholas, 7, who has multiple disabilities and is one of the three youngsters who will receive a share of the proceeds. "It's so great that so many people out like this."

Hundreds attended the ninth annual Cruisin' for Kids car show, held in the parking lot of North Rockland High School.

"We get to combine our love for the cars and our dedication to the community," said Bob DuBois of Stony Point, who serves as president of the Neighborhood Cruisers, which puts on the show every year.

Each year the show raises money to help local families pay the medical expenses and related costs of children with disabilities or diseases.

In addition to Nicholas Seeley, who lives in New Rochelle and has a sister living in Stony Point, the other children are Nicole Green, a 7-year-old from New City who has autism and other medical problems. Her family is hoping to buy her a new system to help her communicate.

Alexa Castellano, 5, of Valley Cottage, was born with Down syndrome and had many medical problems. Her mother, Anna, died of breast cancer in November and her father, Frank, is raising her on his own.

The families attended the show and joined the crowd admiring row after row of cars and motorcycles.

Jack Capalbo of New City was there with the 1968 Ford Mustang convertible he spent a decade restoring.

"It looks great now," he said as people stopped to admire the car.

Thiells resident Scott Ludwig and his son Michael, 5, were both admiring a 1970 Chevrolet.

"This is a perfect restoration," Scott Ludwig said. "It looks like it just rolled off the assembly line."

Other cars were more unusual.

Carl Jones of Stony Point salvaged a miniature replica of a Model T Ford from a junkyard in the Kingston, N.Y., area several years ago.

He and his grandson, Charles C. Castro III, 10, of Stony Point, worked together to rebuild the car, which was likely used in an amusement park in the 1950s.

Charles proudly showed off the restoration to visitors at the car show.

"The best park was working on it with my grandpa," he said.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cruisin for Kids 2010 Families

Every year, the Neighborhood Cruisers select local families that are in need of financial help, due to the rising costs of hospital bills, medicine, and medical treatment.

This year, the Neighborhood Cruisers selected three children to be the beneficiaries of this year's Cruisin for Kids Car Show.

Alexa Castellano – 5 years old - Valley Cottage, N.Y.
At Birth the Family was told she had characteristics of Down syndrome. She had holes in her heart and her intestines were twisted. She needed constant treatment, surgery and is at high risk for pneumonia and infections. Alexa undergoes occupational therapy and therapy for motor skills and speech. Alexa’s Mother (Anna) passed away in November 2009 from Breast Cancer. Her Father Frank is raising her on his own.

Nicole Green – 7 years old - New City, N.Y.
Nicole was born with autism affecting her esophagus and her basic eating skills. During feedings the liquid would travel to her lungs. She had surgery to insert a tube but was unable to eat. At age one she started therapy to help teach her how to eat. Today Nicole can eat solid foods as long as it is cut to bite sized pieces.  Nicole would benefit from extra therapies and loves therapeutic horseback riding and swimming. The family would love to be able to purchase a PECS (picture communication system) to aid with her communication skills.

Nicholas Seeley – 7 years old - New Rochelle, NY
Nicholas has suffered severe disabilities from birth. He cannot sit up, walk or talk and is feed by a feeding tube. Nicky is unable to move on his own and the family is in need of a handicap assessable van. Nicky’s sister Allie Seeley is a North Rockland High School student.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cruisin for Kids 2009

Every year, the Neighborhood Cruisers select local families that are in need of financial help, due to the rising costs of hospital bills, medicine, and medical treatment. Watch the stories of six families; all who have received help from the Neighborhood Cruisers.

Cruisin for Kids 2009

Friday, July 2, 2010

Neighborhood Cruisers Highlighted in LoHud Article

ORANGEBURG — As the president and co-founder of Neighborhood Cruisers,
Bob DuBois has a mantra he likes to live by.

"I'm a Neighborhood Cruiser," he said. "And it feels good to give."

Neighborhood Cruisers, a nonprofit organization founded in 2001, aims to combine its members' love of classic cars with their desire to help the community.

The group's ninth-annual car show, Cruisin' for Kids, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 31at North Rockland High School. The rain date is Aug. 7.

The show will feature about 200 cars, as well as live entertainment and various vendors,
DuBois said, and all of the proceeds will go to the families of three young children with
disabilities, handpicked by the organization.

But the charity isn't just limited to one day. The Neighborhood Cruisers work year-round, said Grace Christakos, the group's vice president. Immediately after the summer benefit, the search for new children begins.

The group also sells raffle tickets and asks local businesses for donations in the meantime.

In the early years of the Neighborhood Cruisers' annual benefit, the amount of money raised was low — just a few thousand dollars, DuBois said. Now, the benefit is capable of raising as much as $25,000 in one year.

On Thursday, Neighborhood Cruisers held a Car Cruise, where members brought about 20 cars to be put on display in the parking lot of The American Dream Diner in Orangeburg.

"I'm very honored," said Denise Green, whose 7-year-old daughter, Nicole, has autism. "I'm very grateful."

The Greens intend to use the money they receive from the benefit to buy Nicole a picture communications device for nonverbal communication.

Frank Castellano echoed those sentiments. His daughter, Alexa, has Down syndrome, and he has been raising her on his own since his wife died in November.

"You never think it would happen to you," he said.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Cruisers Bring Home the Hardware!

We had a group from the club go to an event at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson this weekend and the following won awards: Bob DuBois, John Bender & Bruce Barton won for (top 50 pick)
and Tony Christakos won Best Interior for his 55 Pick up!

Congratulations to the members of the Neighborhood Cruisers who won their respective awards!

The Neighborhood Cruisers are a group of car lovers who have something more powerful than their classic engines and muscle cars; their hearts. Founded in 2001, the Neighborhood Cruisers found a way to combine their love of cars with a sense of community involvement.

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