To the editor: The 16th Great Kulpmont Cruise was a success again even with it being postponed from its original date of June 10 to July 14.
The cruisers, who came from many areas, were glad that we did not cancel it. The people of the area and the cruisers called our association members and requested that we reschedule. It also gave us an opportunity to honor Betty Jo Derk, recipient, and Kim Cooper, donor, of a life-saving kidney transplant. The weather cooperated and it was a great day in Kulpmont.
There are many people and organizations to thank for making our event a success. First, the news media who help publicize our event. Our local newspapers, including The News-Item; Service Electric, radio stations and TV stations from the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre area.
Chris Stine and his costume characters from Knoebels Amusement Resort were an added attraction enjoyed by young and old. A special thanks to the cruisers who came from many areas of Pennsylvania and some from New Jersey, and viewers along the cruise route, including some from Maryland.
Without our local business community whose donations cover some of our expenses, the cruise would not be possible. Please support the following businesses and organizations who supported our 16th cruise: Shimock’s Furniture, J&S Landscaping, Kulpmont VFW, Lucas Funeral Home, Floral Creations and Gifts, UNB Bank, Dennis Molesevich, Atlas Anthracite, Pennex Powder Co. (Tony and Mike Bressi), H&P Construction, Zlocki Body Works, BB&T Bank, West End Automotive, Mount Carmel Farmers Market, Steve Slaton CPA and Attorney, Susan Hepler Beauty Salon, Kulpmont Sportsman Association, The End Zone, Giorgini Construction, Service Electric, Landscape Services, Kulpmont Sunoco, Varano Insurance Agency, Archie’s Shoe Store, Village Towne Restaurant, Beyond Beauty Salon, The Warehouse, Taddeo Body Works, Ed Greco Attorney, Dennis Lentini Construction, Hollywood Pizza and Bakery, Wanzie Distributors, Scicchitano General Construction, Healing Hands Chiropractic, Academy Sports and The Difference by Coleen.
A special thank you to Myron Turlis, who has supplied the dash plaques given to our cruisers and supporting businesses for all 16 years.
Also, every year, Carl Starkoski and Joe Klokis get hundreds of items donated to the cruise for door prizes. The sponsors of door prizes are Bumper’s Beverage (Mount Carmel), Car Quest (Mount Carmel), Auto Zone (Coal Township), Steve Shannon Tire, Joe’s Body Shop, Carl’s Auto Center, Reading Anthracite, Henise Tire, Eric Tarantino Snap-On Tools, Matco Tools, John Benedetto, Anthracite Coal and Honicker’s 4X4.
Holy Angels Catholic Church again provided an outstanding concession stand. The Rev. Andrew Stahmer and his staff are to be commended for their support.
All of our profits will be donated back to our local youth organizations and other needy groups.
The playground we helped build is in need of wood carpet mulch to keep our youngsters safe. The Kulpmont Cruise Association will provide the funds to refurbish the playground project.
Our organization at this time has two projects through which it raises money, the cruise and the annual Mahoney Brothers concert that’s held each year at Mount Carmel Area (MCA) Junior-Senior High School. Next year’s time and date is 3 p.m. April 28.
Also, we are happy to announce that we just confirmed a date for Sunday, Oct. 14, for a concert at Mount Carmel Area by Rick K. & The Allnighters. It will be held in the afternoon with a specific time to be announced closer to the date.
Kulpmont Cruise Association