Beginning late this afternoon as well as the following three Thursdays, the Johnston Street Machines are hoping to add some “big bucks” to the annual total the non-profit will present to Meeting Street School.
“By now, everyone knows May was a wash out,” said Gary Maddocks, the JSM’s president. “That’s why we’ve rearranged our schedule for the coming weeks and months in hopes of really helping all our charities.”
During the past two Thursday evenings, the JSM has raised $658 during its popular Cruizin’ for a Cause from the owners of vintage vehicles donating $5 each as well as through the generosity of spectators who participate in the nightly 50/50 raffle that last week had a winning pot of $110.
Maddocks, who founded the JSM with Anthony Ferranti of Anthony’s Auto Body and Gina Sabitoni-Arakelian of RI Mrs. Italia and Mrs. RI fame, said, “We have four more weeks to raise money for this charity.”
The one-time JPD Deputy Chief, who heads up security at the RI Resource Recovery Center, also wanted it known that “we’ve got a new volunteer leader for our 50/50 raffle and that’s Tina Marie Brodeur who even brings her 1998 Ford Mustang to the cruise. Tina has already proved to be a valuable asset and everyone loves her.”
He also announced that on Thursday, June 28, which will be the last of the June cruises that will benefit Meeting Street School, the JSM will have a huge program during which official will present 17 trophies for best in the show for classic cars and motorcycles divisions.
Yet another new twist to the JMS’s 2018 Cruizin’ for a Cause schedule will help promote safety courtesy of a coloring sheet for children that is geared towards buckling up.
“This page has been designed and donated by Jim Weicherling who attends our weekly cruises,” Maddocks said. “We’re thrilled and honor to have Jim helping us this year.”
The JSM again has veteran disc jockey Richard George, a.k.a. DJ The Car Guy, who plays a variety of oldies and doo wop music from inside his portable trailer for three hours every Thursday evening during Cruizin’ for a Cause.
“This is our fourth season,” Maddocks explained. “People love coming here [to the Denny’s Restaurant parking lot] walking around and looking over the classic cars and cycles and listening to music from their younger years. And it’s a free event for the entire family.”