24th Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival...

Klingberg Family Centers will host the 24th annual Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival on Saturday, June 18. The event is held on the agency’s 40-acre hilltop campus in New Britain to raise support for their programs serving children and families across Connecticut. Wayne Carini of Velocity’s “Chasing Classic Cars” and his daughter Lindsay serve as Grand Marshals of the festivities. The event features three unique components: a traditional antique car show (1972 and older); a specially chosen  display of automobiles in a pre-war (before 1940) Concours d’Elegance, including those from the Brass Era (1800’s – 1914) and classics from the 1920’s and 1930’s; and a Concorso display of exotics and supercars of past and present, including Corvettes, Ferraris, and Maseratis. This year’s show will feature vintage racing cars, including the famous 1909 Alco known as the Black Beast. In addition to the amazing assortment of automobiles, the focus on family fun makes this a wonderful way to celebrate Father’s Day weekend. The Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival is a great event for the city of New Britain, drawing visitors from throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, and beyond. Last year over 4,500 people attended the Festival. Professional DJ and announcer Dave Salonia provides a fabulous selection of vintage music and oldies favorites for the crowds to enjoy all day long. Dancers will light up the dance floor with ballroom and vintage dances throughout the show. An expanded children’s activity area including a LEGO tent and Imagination Playground building blocks and new food options add to the excitement this year to make it a fun-filled day. Platinum sponsors of the event include: DATTCO, Eastern States Exposition (The Big E), Farmington Bank, Food Bag, Hartford Business Journal, Hartford Courant Media Group, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, New Britain Herald, Northern Lights Communications,...

Klingberg Family Centers Hosts Motorcar Festival Kickoff Event...

On Wednesday, March 30, Klingberg Family Centers held a special event at the Raymond Hill School to kick off the upcoming 24th Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival. The event was preceded by an open house featuring the current projects of the Auto Restoration Program at the Ron Poupart Garage. The vocational classrooms in the Raymond Hill School were also open throughout the event. The evening’s program included remarks from Dr. Steven Girelli (President/CEO of Klingberg Family Centers) and Gene Cassidy (President/CEO of Eastern States Exposition, home of the Collector Car Experience); a video greeting from Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars; a presentation of the new features of this year’s festival; photos of last year’s event; and recognition of sponsors who have provided extraordinary support. Attendees included current and former sponsors of the Vintage Motorcar Festival, volunteers from last year’s event, Concours car owners, and members of the business community. A key purpose of the celebration was to thank the sponsors, car owners, volunteers, and donors who have made the Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival so successful throughout the past 23 years. All proceeds from the Festival go directly to Klingberg Family Centers’ programs serving children and families. Klingberg staff shared examples of how these funds have helped to change and save lives. As Wayne Carini said in his video greeting, “It’s about the cars, but it’s really about the cause.” The following sponsors were honored at the event for their extraordinary support of children and families through sponsorship: DATTCO, Euphoria Event Solutions, Farmington Bank, Food Bag, Hartford Business Journal, Hartford Courant Media Group, Hitchcock Printing, The New Britain Herald, Newfield Construction, Northern Lights Communications, Otis Elevator Company, Siracusa Moving & Storage Co., SpaceFitters, Stanley Black & Decker, TD Bank, and Tilcon Connecticut. Held each June on Klingberg Family Centers’...

Business After Hours

Last week we had the privilege of hosting the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce for a Business After Hours event on our campus. We had a great time connecting with area businesses, showing our History Museum, and sharing about how we seek to help children and families. The event was a unique opportunity to talk with old friends and new. We heard from longtime supporters about why they value our mission; others had come out of curiosity because they had never heard of Klingberg Family Centers, and we were able to form new connections with them, answering questions and watching as they soaked in the history and significance of Klingberg’s service to the community. If you are interested in visiting our Museum and/or touring our campus and hearing more about the difficult and rewarding work our staff does each day, give us a call at (860) 832-5524. We would love to...

Klingberg at The Big E

Klingberg Family Centers has helped plan and will be participating in The Big E’s Collector Car Experience on Sunday, October 4, 2015. The event begins at 1pm at the xfinity arena and will be hosted by Velocity channel’s Mike Brewer (Wheeler Dealers) and Wayne Carini (Chasing Classic Cars) and will also feature appearances by Rick and Kelly Dale, Tyler Dale, and Brettly Otterman (HISTORY channel’s American Restoration). During the Collector Car Experience, the stars will discuss 20 beautiful automobiles, appearing on the stage one at a time, commenting on their features, history, and of course telling their own related stories. Steve Girelli, Klingberg’s President/CEO, and John Jarush, Klingberg auto restoration teacher, will drive on stage with the Klingberg Corvette and talk about Klingberg’s treatment programs and the auto restoration program. Following the main event, Counting Cars’ Danny “The Count” Koker will take the stage with his Hard Rock band, Count’s 77. Mark Johnson, Vice President of Development at Klingberg, has been working hard to help The Big E gather a variety of antique and classic cars to be showcased at the event. Car collectors are familiar with Klingberg thanks to our annual Vintage Motorcar Festival, and Wayne Carini has been a great friend to us over the years, making this event a natural fit. We are excited to have the opportunity to share the work that we do with others who may not have heard of Klingberg Family Centers before. The event will also allow us to reconnect with people who know our show and remind them what we do the other 364 days of the year. Admission to the Collector Car Experience is free with fair admission. We would love to see you there!...