BY ALLAN GOLDSTEIN
On Saturday, August 4, North Rockland High School was the site of the 11th annual Cruisin’ for Kids Benefit. The event was sponsored by the Neighborhood Cruisers Inc, a non-profit organization of classic car enthusiasts.
The Tomkins Cove based group raises money for local children with medical problems and this year’s recipient is 5-year-old Gabrielle DiCarlo. The numerous Rocklanders who turned out to show their support for young Gabrielle were treated to classic cars, trucks and motorcycles, live music and children’s activities.
Cruisers president Bob DuBois takes great pride in the club’s efforts because “we want to give something back to our community.”
This show is held to raise money to help local families with children who have medical needs. So far Cruisin’ for Kids has raised over $250,000 in its decade plus. DuBois said, “As always, 100 percent of the profits go to the family that we have chosen to help. Even more than the money our biggest reward is the act of giving. We know that our contribution is just a drop in the bucket toward the families’ medical costs.”
Gabrielle, who is being treated for a rare form of cancer, is the daughter of Dominic and Nicole DiCarlo of Tomkins Cove. For Nicole, “This is a special day for Gabrielle that shows how strong our community really is. I wasn’t originally from this area and everyone has made me feel so welcome.
Dominic added, “We are so thankful that they chose her this year. We feel honored. We want to thank everyone. We have had a number of fundraisers but people still keep coming out to support her. It shows the love that everyone has for us and our daughter.
A formal presentation of the proceeds from last week’s event including any additional donations will be held on August 11 at Gennaro’s Restaurant in Stony Point. Contributions may still be made by sending checks to Neighborhood Cruisers c/o Cruisin’ for Kids Benefit 2012, PO Box 325, Tomkins Cove, NY 10986.