Written by Jill Nossa Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
Glen Cove had a fourth successful “Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock” car show earlier this month. The annual fundraiser, held on Sunday, Sept. 8, is one of several local efforts that raise money for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation ( DRIF).
Martino Auto Concepts/MAC Auto Couture again presented Bimmerstock. Nassau County Legislator and DRIF board member Delia DeRiggi-Whitton has helped make this event happen for four years in a row.
The car show and related fundraising materials helped bring in just under $80,000 for the DRIF. Over the last 4 years, this event has raised over $260,000 for the DRIF. And the total local efforts including golf outings, a dinner and the car
show have helped the Glen Cove area raise almost $780,000 for diabetes research.
Joe LaPadula said, “We are pleased to report $79,000 was raised for the cure-focused research at the DRI. This event has grown into one of the largest automobile shows on the Eastern Seaboard. It attracts sponsors, vendors and car enthusiasts from around the country and with our DRI relationship we know that everything we do helps fund the effort to find a cure for diabetes.
“I sincerely appreciate everyone’s help in making this year’s event such an amazing success,” he continued. “All who are associated with the event are grateful to our wonderful friends, sponsors, journal supporters and everyone who registered and displayed a vehicle, new and old, for being a part of this special day.” Delia DeRiggi-Whitton said, “I am proud to announce that after this year, our combined local efforts to raise money for diabetes research have hit
$779,000! Once again everyone at Martino Auto Concepts, especially Joe LaPadula, organized an amazing event, and helped us raise money to find a cure for diabetes. I would also like to thank the Glen Cove police, EMS, department of public works, auxiliary police and Mayor Suozzi and the city council for assisting with this event. As a mom with a daughter with this condition it means so much to see our city come together like this.”
Delia and DRIF LI Regional Director Anthony Childs presented Mayor Suozzi with a citation in thanks for Glen Cove’s continued support of this important fundraiser.
Tom Suozzi presented a special award to both Joe LaPadula and Jon Holzer.
Seeing unique cars is a big part of the attraction of the event and car enthusiasts were happily posing for pictures next to some of the more dazzling automobiles, such as a Lamborghini “art car.”
Another car that drew a lot of attention was a refurbished 1941 Dodge Business Coupe, which was restored by Henry Putre of One Stop Truck and Auto Collision in Deer Park. Putre said it was his first time attending the event and was pleased with the turnout.
“It’s a great event. We will be back again next year,” he said.