Temperatures well into the 90s and a humidity level of 70% did not deter the more than 4,000 people jamming downtown Middletown for The 15th Annual Cruise Night on Main, presented by Town Fair Tire and Middletown Nissan. The sultry first day of summer featured good food, good music and well over 800 classic cars, hot rods and muscle cars. The City of Middletown, Downtown Business District, Over the Hill Gang Eastern Chapter Car Club, Route 66 Cruisers, Liberty Bank, Charles Computer Services, NAPA Auto Parts, Servpro and Home Team Supply served as event sponsors.
Cathy Duncan, of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, coordinated Cruise Night on Main. “What a turn out in spite of the heat. The cruise covered five blocks. Cruise Night on Main is all about giving back to the children of Middletown. Proceeds, which are still being tallied, will benefit Middletown Youth Programs like The Mentor Program and Parks and Recreation,” Duncan said the day after the cruise.
“Children in the Middletown School System who are missing a parent are identified and then matched with a member of the business community or a private individual. They meet one day a week during lunch time and talk. They build a rapport. We’ve had people mentor a child from grammar school through high school and into adulthood. The mentors and students make a real connection. They make an impact on each other. Some mentors have even attended their former students’ weddings. The program, run out of the Chamber, currently has 15 children waiting to be matched with mentors,” according to Duncan.