We’re celebrating 15 years of coming together for a great cause. Unity Bank’s Charity Car Show began in 2007 when Cruisin’ Bob and Debbie Rittleman approached the bank with an idea to run a charity car show in support of the local chapter of the Interfaith Hospitality Network, now known as Family Promise of Hunterdon County. Family Promise is an integral community organization which helps our homeless and low-income community members find sustainable independence. Their mission extends beyond traditional food and shelter to finding permanent housing, offering compassionate care and professional support to these individuals and families.
Bob and Debbie rallied the support of the community and hosted the first show on October 23, 2007, bringing in familiar faces like Dr. D Entertainment from the very beginning. Each year the car show grew, and changes were made to make it even better the next year. It became a can’t miss event for many local show car owners and community members. In 2013, Family Promise of Warren County was added as a second benefactor extending the reach of the show deeper into our community.
We’ve been amazed at the commitment from our sponsors and local organizations who contact us each year to see if they can help. Each year the Knights of Columbus volunteer to barbecue for the event, Clinton Bagel donates bagels to the food stand, Perryville Wine and Spirit donates ice, and Kona Ice brings their truck donating a percentage of proceeds to the show’s benefactors. In 2020, we switched gears and hosted the show virtually. Although, some car show traditions were lost in the virtual show, we were excited to see all the support from loyal car owners and sponsors.
When we look back at the last 15 years, we are happy to be a part of a car show that has done so much. Prior to this show, the event has raised over $50,000 for its benefactors. There have been so many fond memories including over 100 show cars each year, balloon art/facing painting, live entertainment, great food and even a wedding! The best part about the show is everyone coming together to show support for underprivileged families and individuals in the community. We’re excited for this year’s show and all the future shows to come.