Car show held to benefit St. Jude’s

The Waystintym music group performs at the St. Jude's Car Show fundraiser Saturday at the Forrester's Club in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

GLOVERSVILLE — TV fundraising commercials for St. Jude’s Children Hospital paid off in a specific way Saturday.

They inspired Raymond Young Sr., a driver for DAIM Inc. in Gloversville, set up a car show at the Forrester’s Club to raise money for the hospital.

“I just see [commercials] all the time on TV, and I just wanted to do something,” he said.

His company agreed to sponsor the show, and other businesses have kicked in for raffle prizes.

“I have 17 grandchildren, and what would I do if something happened to them?” he said.

Bob and Carol Duffek of Meco display a mini-chopper with a Briggs and Stratton enginethat was modified for their daughter Bethany, who was 8 at the time. Its top speed is 4 mph. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

The weather was sunny and mild and favored the event. Mike and Ellie Frederico of the town of Florida brought their 1957 and 1970 Chevy pickups to the show.

“We finally got a day without rain, so we came here,” he said. “Who wants to hang out in a car show in the rain?”

Car enthusiasts had the opportunity to look over and ask questions about an array of makes and models while listening to music by Waystintym; Elvis impersonator Ody B Goldy, aka Mick Boslet, of Palatine Bridge; country and western singer Emily Barker of Ephratah and others. At one point, Barker sang “Blue Roses,” which prompted couples to dance.

Donations, sales of food, raffles, a 50/50 and a Chinese auction were used to raise money for the hospital.

Young dedicated the event to his late brother-in-law, Gary Bates, a former heavy equipment operator for the city who died in March.

(The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Edward Kilmartin of Mayfield brought his 1935 Dodge and 1967 GTX to the show.

“Since I was 16, I’ve always loved older cars,” he said.

Kilmartin said he has always liked working on the older models.

“The newer cars, you need a garage and a computer” to work on them, he said.

“He loves his old muscle cars, and he can tell you all about them,” observed Linda Kilmartin of Fultonville, his sister-in-law.

(The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

“The older cars are what attract me–they had class, a style all their own,” said David Coonradt of Glen. “New cars look alike.”

Gerald Buley of St. Johnsville came because “a buddy of mine invited me.”

“It’s for a good cause,” he said.

Elvis impersonator Ody B Goldy, aka Mick Boslet of Palatine Bridge, entertains at the St. Jude's Car show fundraiser Saturday at the Forrester's Club in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Emily Barker of Ephratah sings country and western at the St. Jude's Car show fundraiser Saturday at the Forrester's Club in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Couples dance to "Blue Roses" sung by Emily Barker of Ephratah at the St. Jude's Car show fundraiser Saturday at the Forrester's Club in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Ray Young Sr., coordinator of the St. Jude's Car Show fundraiser, holds up the best -in-show trophy Saturday at the Forrester's Club in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

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