KULPMONT — The Great Kulpmont Cruise this Saturday will celebrate “the gift of life” with its unique choice of grand marshals.

Kimberly Cooper, of Paxinos, last year donated a kidney to Betty Jo Derk, of Elysburg, and their story of compassion will be highlighted through their special distinction at the cruise.

Joe Cesari, cruise organizer, said he couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate “the gift of life.”

“It is a heartwarming experience that we will share with our cruisers and people who will show up to view our 16th cruise,” he said.

Vehicles on display

The cruise was postponed in June because of heavy rain. For the first time, it will roll off at 2 p.m. Saturday from Holy Angels Church grounds and down the length of Chestnut Street in the borough. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and members of Holy Angels will begin operation of a concession stand at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast items and then popular ethnic foods and refreshments throughout the day. A DJ will entertain with 1950s and ’60s hits.

There is a covered pavilion, plenty of picnic tables and modern restrooms.

Cesari said the early registration will allow people to view the antique and classic vehicles with their hoods up and doors open prior to the cruise.

Cooper and Derk will also be present to talk about their story, which is made more special by the fact that Cooper herself had suffered with health problems as a cancer survivor and from celiac disease. Still, she decided to be tested as a kidney transplant match after learning that Derk’s daughter wasn’t compatible, and she was cleared to be a donor. The transplant took place on Sept. 28 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Registration details

Pre-registration is $13 and $15 the day of the cruise.

Vehicles will be judged from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

No burnouts will be permitted.

Call for motorcycles, pickups

Cesari encourages owners of motorcycles and pickup trucks to be part of the cruise and have their vehicles judged at Holy Angels.

Also, motorcyclists are asked to meet at 1 p.m. at China King restaurant at the east end of the borough along Chestnut Street. At 1:15 p.m. they will travel the cruise route down Chestnut Street. There is no registration fee for motorcycles.

“We are hoping for the biggest, the baddest, the loudest two- or three-wheelers will participate in this display,” Cesari said.

Official cruise shirts can be purchased at the Sunoco station at Chestnut (Route 61) and Sixth streets.

The cruise benefits local youth recreation programs.

Contact Cesari at 570-373-3561 to register or for more information.

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