Two years ago on Labor Day, Tarrytown experienced one of the one of the worst tragedies in its history with the deaths of and in a manhole behind the Consolidated Engine Company.
Ever since, Consolidated Engine and Fire Department members have been honoring the men who died that day with the sort of philanthropy Kelly and Ruggiero would be proud of.
First came the “wildly successful” at the Doubletree Hotel, said Consolidated's Steven Mustacchi, which raised over $30,000 in college funds for the two men’s three daughters.
Some months went by when company member Chuck Pateman had the idea to hold a car show to continue their fundraising efforts for other kids.
"We did right by them [the families] and now this is a different effort," Mustacchi said.
With over 100 vehicles participating, in 2011 raised $3,000. The money was awarded to a graduating Sleepy Hollow High School senior chosen for a strong combination of community service and high GPA.
“I’ve never been familiar with car show culture, but man, it’s big,” Mustacchi said. “Our aspirations are higher this year." All the net proceeds, he said, will go directly to a deserving student in the community.
While last year, they were able to use the Green Street commuter lot for the event, this year it's a . So they are trying this out on Main Street, for which shop owners are “mostly enthusiastic,” Mustacchi said. He admitted “space was an issue. But we like to say we are ‘joining’ Main Street, not taking over. We are celebrating Main Street. The village has been very helpful.”
Which prompted the question if tensions between following the deaths have subsided. "Everybody is looking to turn the page on that,” Mustacchi said. “This is a good event that contributes toward tamping temperatures down.”
Since the show is on Main, it seems inevitable that the shiny recently put into service won't be able to resist making a guest appearance, though space of course is at a premium.
More details on the day itself below and for more info there's a new website: arjkcarshow.com.
Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Rain date Sat., Sept. 15).
Trophies, vendors, food and drinks, door prizes, music, 50/50
$20 car and driver day of show; $10 bikes. All years and makes welcome. Gates open at 9 a.m.
Contact Chuck at 914/584-4403 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or John 914/760-2136 or email@example.com. For anyone who would like to make donation please visit the “Donations” page. And for more information, visit: arjkcarshow.com.