Annual 'Cruise to the Music' festival for United Way is Aug. 3
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Displaying the United Way of Carbon County's banner in the Gazebo at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe for the upcoming United Way 6th Annual Cruise to the Music Festival & Car Show,to be held on August 3, are United Way officials, l-r, Greg Bott, vice president of campaign; Robert Gaudreau, treasurer; Dr. Lisa Bleicher, pPresident; Donna Lennon, vice president; Oscar Santizo, vice resident of allocations; Fran Flickinger, board member; Kathi Stern, Cruise Committee member; and Angela Marie Nardini, vice resident of PR/marketing & media.
United Way of Carbon County's sixth annual Cruise to the Music Festival & Car Show will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3, at Jim Thorpe Memorial Park, rain or shine.
Admission is free.
There will be live entertainment from 1 to 11 pm; music of all genres including Corey Wims, who hails from Philadelphia where he was born and raised. He has a very unique style such as a throwback to the raspy sounds of David Ruffin & Bobby Womack & Teddy P. as well as comparable to Tyrese & K.C.; The Mike William's Band Battle of the Genres/Dance & DJ's Choreographer; classic rock to current dance music of Night Train band; the return of jazz guitarist-musician Thad Tinsley Jr.; the Celtic Sounds of the Pocono Region Pipes & Drums; classic rock & roll & top-40 band Freefall; solo guitarist Kristopher Scherer; the return of the concert pianist and classical guitarist Don Slepian; the return of Pocono Mtn. R&B/soulful favorites Karen Meeks & the Soul followed by a return of event headliner and the Lehigh Valley's No. 1 party and cover band She Said Sunday.
Anyone who has a car, truck, or other vehicle that they would like to display is welcome to do so after registering on the day of the event.
Registration for the show will begin at 1 p.m. There is a registration fee. All who register will receive a dash plaque for the event and the first 25 to do so will also receive a free T-shirt.
Participants will be free to cruise on their own at their leisure.
For more information and to register, contact Donna Lennon at 570-225-6788.
The car show will run from 3 to 7 p.m. with awards being announced about 6:30 p.m.
Other events will be crafters, vendors, animal rescue, beer garden and wine tasting, free kids' activities including the Kids Bounce-House (kids wear your crazy-socks) and the United Way's new Local Celebrity Dunk-Tank.
Some of the local celebrities scheduled to spend time in the new dunk-tank include: Carbon County Commissioners Tom Gerhard and Bill O'Gurek; Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko; Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joe Schatz; JTAHS Principal Tom Lesisko; local author Gene "Groggs" Duffy; TV-13's David Seaman; and Matthew Kramer.
Don't forget to bring your lawn chair and listen to the live music all day in the park.
There will be homemade cheesecakes, snowcones, Italian ice cream, sundaes, walk around taco salads, fruit salads, beans and rice, sausage sandwiches and much more.
All proceeds will benefit over 18 local agencies so come out to support the United Way of Carbon County.
United Way of Carbon County's 2013 participating agencies include : American Red Cross; ARC of NE PA; Catholic Services DBA Big Brothers-Big Sisters; CTC Manufacturing; CCAC (Carbon County Action Committee); Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries; Family Promise; Girl Scouts of Eastern PA; Girl Scouts of the Heart of PA; Healthy Smiles; Human Resources Center; Meals on Wheels of Palmerton Inc.; North Penn Legal; Pathstone; Peaceful Knights; Penn State Cooperative Extension-Prosper Project; Salvation Army; and Shepherd House Inc.
United Way of Carbon County is still looking for sponsors and volunteers to help with the festival, if interested, please contact Lennon at 570-225-6788 or Dr. Lisa Bleicher at 570-242-2466.
For further information visit UWCC at www.unitedwayofcarboncounty.org.