What a sight a parade of street rods, classic cars and antique automobiles made as the vehicles drove from the Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford on Sunday, July 17th.
The Third Annual Connecticut Street Legends Toy Run netted a bonanza of over 4,000 toys, 400 of which were packed into Al Barranco’s classy blue 1957 Chevy Bel Air. “I began collecting the toys in June,” according to Barranco, the Vice President and Director of the Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving. “We collected toys from 450 retailers around Connecticut and from our vendors.” Barranco’s high school friend and Street Legends’ member Rick Camilerri invited him to the first Toy Run, and he’s been onboard ever since.
Donations totaling nearly $4,600 will benefit the CCMC Child Life Fund. Caitlin Gadecki, Development Associate for CCMC, said the money “will be used to provide joy and entertainment for children throughout the state who are served by Connecticut Children’s.” One of the previous recipients was an 11-year old boy who was diagnosed with a brain tumor and was spending Christmas at CCMC. There was only one gift on his Christmas list – an iPod Touch. A Child Life Specialist talked to the boy’s family, and found that they simply were not able to afford the iPod Touch. Proceeds from the Toy Run were used to buy the iPod Touch for the boy’s parents to give him, making sure the brave youngster had a Merry Christmas.
Among the many great cars on show were the sweet Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 Roadster of Pete and Kathy Pires (along with their Cruisin’ Photography display print!), Joey Garcia’s bronze Chevy Impala low rider, a Starsky and Hutch replica Ford Gran Torino, a beautiful Christine-inspired Plymouth, and Street Legends’ Chet Camilerri’s black Stingray and Rick Camilleri’s ’Vette. All of these cars were worth more than a second look.