PLAINVILLE - This yearâ€™s Wings and Wheels has presented a total of $25,000 - $12,500 each - to the Petit Family Foundation and the Plainville Food Pantry.
The 8th Annual Wings and Wheels was held June 8 this year at Robertson Airport. It included food trucks, booths from community organizations, live music, a car show and airplane and helicopter rides.
The event was founded by Scott and Andrea Saunders, a former town councilor and Board of Education chair who moved to Florida last year. It was carried on under the direction of Peggy Lee, the wife of Town Manager Robert E. Lee, with support from the Bristol Auto Club and Interstate Aviation.
Peggy Lee thanked Interstate Aviation for â€śreally stepping upâ€ť and helping put on an â€śamazingâ€ť event this year. She also thanked Bristol Auto Club for bringing a lot more cars.
â€śWe did really well, which excites us for next year since we are nearing out 10th anniversary,â€ť said Lee. â€śWe want to take thing up a level going forward.â€ť
The funds raised this year exceeded the $21,000 collected last year. At that time, each organization had received $79,000 from the festival since its inception, placing the total funds collected for each nonprofit now at $91,500.
â€śDoc Petit and I are very grateful for all who supported the Wings and Wheels this year for our very dear to our heart charities,â€ť said Susie Woerz, executive director of the Plainville Food Pantry. â€śThank you from the bottom of our hearts.
â€śWe are blessed with our supporters in the community and on the committee. Thank you for supporting us and our mission,â€ť she said.
State Rep. William Petit, whose family runs the Petit Family Foundation, added that this yearâ€™s Wings and Wheels was â€śgreat.â€ť He thanked the Wings and Wheels committee for their â€śfabulous work and generosity.â€ť
â€śWe had a lot of food trucks this year, which changed things up, and a ton of cars too,â€ť he said. â€śI think we had around 350 [cars].â€ť
Petit thanked the Lee family for continuing the legacy started by Scott and Andrea Saunders.
â€śThey and the rest of the committee did a great job this year,â€ť he said. â€śItâ€™s definitely a big shot in the arm for both of us. Our foundation is always getting more and more grant requests and the Plainville Food Pantry has had to survive with less state grants.â€ť
The mission of the Petit Family Foundation is to foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences, to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence.
The Plainville Food Pantry offers meals, clothing and other supplies to families who qualify, based on income and expenses, for assistance.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.