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Car show raises over $5,200 to aid PURRE

By Staff | Mar 24, 2010

PURRE Volunteers Marianne Stewart, left, and Joni Stokes staffed the morning shift at the Welcome Tent at Saturday’s Second Annual Tahitian Gardens Car Show.

More than 350 people attended the Second Annual Tahitian Gardens Car Show last Saturday, where a silent auction, raffles and other activities raised over $5,200 to benefit the PURRE Water Coalition.

Sponsored by Royal Shell Companies and Performance Plus, the vintage automobile show featured a wide variety of makes, models and types of vehicles.

“We’re beyond grateful to Royal Shell and Performance Plus, who not only worked very hard but gave very generously to help PURRE,” said PURRE Executive Director Emilie Alfino. “Special thanks go to Barb Harrington, who handled the entire event for Royal Shell, arranging everything. Jeff Friedman of Performance Plus donated his time and effort to make the event a great success. Forty-eight cars participated, and it was obvious everyone had a fantastic time.”

Raffles for prizes took place every hour and kept the event lively and interesting as DJ Ken Limeri played oldies but goodies. John Nader from The Great White Grill served beverages and snacks, donating his proceeds to PURRE. Food tickets were sold by PURRE Vice Chair Maureen Valiquette’s parents, Mario and Fran DeCarlo.

“We’d like to thank the volunteers who came out for PURRE: The DeCarlos, Ken Limeri, James Komsa, Barbara Lawson, Kathy Petel, Lori Schulz and her mom Alice, Marianne Stewart, George Veillette, and Jennifer Valiquette,” Alfino added. “Of course, PURRE Chair and Vice Chair Michael and Maureen Valiquette were on hand, pitching in 110 percent as usual. And a number of our volunteers were recruited from John R. Wood Realtors, a company that has always been a reliable source of help for PURRE, just as Royal Shell has been.”

PURRE Volunteer James Komsa takes a look at a 1951 Willy’s Filipino Jeepney dressed to the nines, owned by Kandi Sanger.

“There are so many people who came together to make this happen,” Harrington said. “A huge thank you to R+L Carriers Racing Hauler staff who were great to work with and gave many islanders the experience of starting a real race car! Thanks to all the above-mentioned volunteers as well as Terri Blackmore of Island Sun, Jeff Friedman’s friends and associates as well as Ted Meyerson, Jeff Jodice and Bob Kern, who photographed and printed photos of those individuals who started the race car.”

Harrington also thanked Capt. Morgan Bowden of the Lee County Sherriff’s Department, his V.O.I.C.E. volunteers and local Boy Scouts who assisted with off site parking and set up.

“The day would not have been as enjoyable and successful without the assistance of all of the volunteers,” she added. “We couldn’t have done it without you!”