PLAINVILLE - The Wings & Wheels committee presented a $21,000 check to divide between the Petit Family Foundation and Plainville Food Pantry Wednesday from this year’s event.
Wings & Wheels has raised $79,000 for each organization since the annual fly-in and car show at Robertson Airport began seven years ago. Founded by Scott and Andrea Saunders, who are moving to Florida next week, Wings & Wheels will live on under the direction of Peggy Lee, wife of Town Manager Robert E. Lee. The event is also made possible with support from the Bristol Auto Club and Interstate Aviation.
Organizers and benefactors gathered at the Plainville Food Pantry at . Wednesday for a check passing ceremony and to wish Andrea and Scott Saunders well and thank them for their efforts over the years.
Peggy Lee said this year’s Wings & Wheels was a “really good year.”.
“The weather was perfect and a lot of people came,” she said.
Andrea Saunders said she is glad she was able to finish up the school year as the chairwoman of the Board of Education and see this year’s Wings & Wheels through.
Susie Woerz, executive director of the Plainville Community Food Pantry, said Wings & Wheels has offered great support over the years.
“They have been a huge help to us,” she said. “We appreciate all the hard work they do for this fundraiser.”
Maggie Carlin, president of the board of directors for the Food Pantry, said the community has offered great support to them through Wings & Wheels.
“We are so appreciative of everything you’ve done,” she said. “This money will go a long way to help our citizens.”
Woerz said the Food Pantry is now taking sign-ups for their back to school supplies program. This can help families to get backpacks, clothing and a haircut. For more information, call 860-747-1919 or get the application online at .
State Rep. William Petit joked that he would fix the state up so that Andrea and Scott Saunders would want to move back to Connecticut.
“It’s going to be a big loss, not only for the Board of Education and the council but also to this event, the Pumpkin Festival and numerous other causes they volunteer for,” said Petit. “It’s going to be hard to replace that kind of dedication.”
Scott Saunders assured Petit that others would step up to fill their shoes.
“There are a lot of good people still involved with Wings & Wheels and it will go on,” he said.
Saunders thanked the Bristol Auto Club for bringing car enthusiasts to the event every year. He thanked Interstate Aviation for hosting it and Kris Dargenio for putting together the program book and signage. He also thanked the Plainville Fire Company for cooking and selling food at the event. Fire Captain Kurt Plourde attended the check ceremony.
Peggy Lee thanked Andrea Saunders for organizing meetings and getting sponsors on-board. She also thanked the wives of the Plainville firefighters who support them during Wings & Wheels and brought gift bags to for Plourde to give them.
“You’ve done so much it’s very sad to see you leave,” said Peggy Lee to Andrea Saunders. “You’ve been a very good friend of mine.”
Dave Champagne, vice president of the Bristol Auto Club, said he would also miss Scott and Andrea Saunders.
“They were an absolute pleasure to work with,” he said.
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