Story by Lourice Angie
The Cruisers for Critters event was held on Sat., Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Warwick Drive In Theatre in Warwick. Owner of WTBQ Radio 1110 AM 93.5 FM, Frank Truatt and Station Manager Taylor Sterling, teamed up with Liz Cruz, of Moroney’s Harley in New Windsor, Times Herald-Record Columnist of “My Ride,” Donna Kessler, The Armonia Band and Tom Lovelace of the Lovelace Experience, to sponsor the all day event to benefit the Warwick Valley Humane Society (WVHS).
Rain showers didn’t deter the motorcycle, classic car and hot rod enthusiasts who came cruising in to participate in the day of fun, food trucks, craft beer, music, raffles and of course, furry friends.
The show featured some of the best classic cars, hogs and motorcycles in town. All contest entries were free, but shelter donations were sincerely appreciated. Local business owners, organizations, and people of all ages showed their support by enduring the wet weather.
Music was provided by DJ Shark, the youngest professional DJ in Orange County, helped keep the crowd entertained. Food trucks on site kept tummys full, courtesy of Empanada Master, Piranha Grill Food, Glenmere Craft Beer and the Tuxedo Creamery ice cream truck.
In addition, Ron Ananian, The Car Doctor, who is nationally syndicated, aired live from the Cruisers and Critters show while inviting people to join and ask questions during the two hour broadcast. There was also a raffle and a 50/50, organized the Warwick Valley Rotary Club.
“It’s unbelievable how many people are here despite the rain; it’s a great show of support,” said Humane Society Vice President Celia Ross.
A total of 36 trophies, supplied by Crown of Pearl River, were awarded to winners in several different categories. For more information on the winners visit the Warwick Humane Society’s website or their Facebook page.
The Humane Society expressed sincere thanks to their sponsors, who worked together to organize the successful event and to Beth and Ernest Wilson of the Warwick Drive In Theatre for hosting.
“Thank you to everyone who came out to help support us,” said Humane Society President Suzyn Barron.
Help Support the Warwick Humane Society
The Warwick Valley Humane Society is a non-profit organization which is open seven days a week from 12 to 4 p.m. and is in dire need of a new, updated facility. Just one trip to the animal shelter, located at 48 Public Works Dr. in Warwick, will better help someone understand this need, seeing firsthand the extremely congested conditions at the dated structure. The selfless group of volunteers at the shelter somehow manage to provide, house and care for these animals despite the overburdened challenges they face daily.
Community members, local organizations and anyone willing to donate or host a fundraiser can help in many different ways. Consider adopting an animal from the shelter, which in turn will allow room for more animals. All donations go directly towards helping the shelter provide better care for the animals. Donations of supplies, food or Kuranda dog and cat beds are always welcome. To get a wish list of items call the shelter at 987-7336 or visit www.wvhumane.org.
Upcoming Fundraiser Event
The seventh annual 5k4paws event to benefit the WVHS will be held on Sun., Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. at Glenmere Lake in Florida, NY.