Kiwanis car show is back!

Popular event sure to be loved by both kids and adults

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On Sunday, May 15, the Kiwanis Club of the Islips and Bay Shore will be holding their 35th anniversary car show in the lot at Suffolk Transportation in Bay Shore from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The popular event raises money for local children to go to Camp Kiwanis in upstate New York for a week in August. The local club pays for the children’s tuition and clothes, said Kiwanis member Sandy Flandina.

Flandina said that the car show will feature about 110 cars and has a following with car enthusiasts on Long Island. His brother John Flandina, who is an avid car show enthusiast and regularly participates in the show, said the Kiwanis show is “a lot of fun.” This year he plans to bring his 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air to the event. Also coming to the show this year will be a school bus from Suffolk Transportation, said Teresa O’Halloran of Suffolk Transportation Service. O’Halloran noted that the event is a great way for Suffolk Transportation to interact with the community, especially because they service many districts in the Town of Islip.

“We’ll have the bus available to talk about safety on the school bus, along with answering questions like how much does it weigh, what’s under the hood, things of that nature that some of the folks who are into cars may find interesting,” O’Halloran said.

Last week, the Kiwanis Club inducted Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip into the club after they donated $10,000 to the organization. The group even created a special diamond-level sponsorship for the hospital with the donation. Also inducted at the last meeting was Islip Town councilman James O’Connor.

Even if visitors are not interested in cars, there is still plenty to do at the car show. Sandy Flandina noted that there will be “Star Wars” characters in attendance, food trucks, vendors, and local organizations there for visitors to speak with. In addition, the Astoria Revival Band will be on hand playing tunes. The group also gives out different trophies to car owners that are voted on by visitors. The Best in Show receives a $100 prize. The event is free to the public, though visitors are asked to bring some nonperishable food items for local food outreach.

Anyone interested in bringing a car to the car show or sponsoring the event is asked to reach out to Sandy Flandina at sandyflandina@hotmail.com. Registration ends on May 1.

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