by Ted Craft, at Weston Today
A classic car rally on Sunday morning raised thousands of dollars for the Connecticut Food Bank. Organizers Jim Petty, Wendy Petty, and Frank Taylor hope the idea catches on in other parts of the country.
The two are among a number of classic car enthusiasts who are having a difficult time getting together during the current health crisis, with most summer car shows canceled.
With the blessing of Weston Police, around 40 owners of classics staged at the Weston High School parking lot for a drive around town. Each paid a $100 entry fee. Some contributed even more.
Hagerty Insurance, which specializes in coverage for car lovers, was on hand. Mr. Petty told us he hopes Sunday's event will serve as a proof of concept that will encourage the company to get behind a "Rallies Across America" program. The idea is to have eight events per state this summer. If each had just 25 cars, $1 million could be raised for local food banks.
Ms. Petty is the director of the Weston Senior Activities Center. She has been busy throughout this crisis delivering food, with the help of some generous volunteers. She has also been running a successful curbside pickup program for seniors.
Those wishing to help meet local food needs can easily contribute to the Weston Food Pantry in a couple of ways.
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