Car And Plane Show In Plainville Raises Money For Petit Foundation, Food Pantry


By KEN BYRON, [email protected]

Tue Jul 17 2012 12:30 PM

Organizers of the Wings and Wheels car and plane show that was held on July 1 have donated $11,000 each to the Petit Family Foundation and the Plainville Community Food Pantry.

The show was put on as a fundraiser for the two organizations. On Monday, members of the committee that put the event on said it had raised $22,000, which was split equally between the pantry and the foundation. This was the first year the show was held and it was at the town-owned Robertson Airport. Organizers plan on making it a yearly event.

Both organizations accepted their donations during a ceremony on Monday that was held at the food pantry.

The grant to the Petit Family Foundation will help fund the grants it makes that focus on education, chronic illness and helping those hurt by violence. "It's small groups of generous people that make all difference," said Dr. William Petit Jr., who established the foundation, during Monday's ceremony.

Susie Woerz, director of the pantry, said the donation is especially welcome because rising demand for help has come at a time when the pantry's funding from grants has gone down. "This will help us get back to where we need to be financially," Woerz said. "We've lost some grant funding and this will help out a lot."

The pantry, located at 54 South Canal St., provides food assistance and clothing while also offering programs aimed at helping clients become self-sufficient. Woerz said that in 2008 the pantry distributed 68,000 pounds of food and that last year 117,000 pounds were given out.

Organizers of the Wings and Wheels event said on Monday that help from many different groups, including town staff, the Plainville Fire Company, the Bristol Auto Club and Interstate Aviation, made the event a success. "The event came off very well," said committee member Scott Saunders. "We had an outpouring from the community and a lot of support from vendors."