NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The First Annual Car Show, organized by the New Providence PBA Local #132, was a big success this Sunday attracting dozens of classic cars and many town residents. Many classic cars rolled into the parking lot behind the police station, including a 1931 Ford Model A, a 1950 Bulletnose Studebaker, 1978 Pontiac firebird, a 1957 Ford Fairlane, a 1967 Dodge coronet, and a 1974 Pontiac Grand Am. The big winner of the car show was Warren Perrillo and his 1931 Ford Street Rod.
The proceeds from the car show (sponsored by Culver Chiropractic) will benefit the New Jersey Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (NJAPDA). With a DJ, free hamburgers and hot dogs and a tricky tray, the car show was a great place for town residents to have a chance to get to know many members of the New Providence Police Department and to check out the vintage and rare cars on display. Detective Andrew Diamond and Sergeant Steven Drown along with PBA President Detective Michael Hand organized the event.
Sgt. Drown and Det. Diamond were there to hand out information to educate residents on Parkinson’s disease and how they could help. “A couple of our family members have Parkinson’s, so we wanted to benefit the APDA with our first car show,” said Drown. The president of this local chapter of the NJAPDA is former New Providence police officer Allan Bleich, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 45. Bleich has lead a statewide effort to advance legislation to create and fund a public awareness campaign.
The APDA’s primary purpose is to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease, to plan and execute educational programs with the local information and referral center and to raise funds for Parkinson’s disease research and the work of the APDA.
The New Providence Police Department would like to thank S&T Trucking of Macungie, Pa for their donation and use of their 2016 Mack Pinnacle Truck Tractor.