To the editor: The 11th Great Kulpmont Cruise was a success in spite of the rain. The number of vehicles at Holy Angels picnic grounds was great. They came from Harrisburg, Lebanon, Williamsport, Hazleton, Jersey Shore, Lancaster and all areas of Northumberland and Schuylkill counties, as well as from New Jersey.

The large number of people on Chestnut Street to view the cruise braved the rain from under their umbrellas and cheered from their porches.

Somebody told me when I was a youngster that when you get a lemon, you make lemonade. That's what the kids on the cruise route did: they took off their shoes and sneakers and put on bathing suits and had fun in the puddles.

Our cruisers came back to Holy Angels to receive their trophies and were not upset with the weather. To me, that indicates that they will return for our 12th cruise.

Our staff worked through the adversities to do another exceptional job.

I will share a bit of information that most people are not aware of. Before the cruise begins, our staff is faced with expenses of $2,000 to $2,500. We must purchase all the awards, pay the disc jockey, rent the portable toilets, purchase and make certificates, buy rolls of tickets for the door prizes and the 50-50, purchase shirts for the staff and pay for many other miscellaneous expenses. The cruise is always a gamble. The weather can either make or break us.

Without the help of the following businesses and organizations, and Holy Angels, the cruise is not possible: Gold medal sponsors are Shimock's, HPCI Construction, Nolan's Lumber, Lucas Funeral Home, Turlis Sewer and Drain, Tony Bressi-Pennex, Kulpmont Sportsman, Vandine Insurance, The End Zone Bar and Grill, Union National Bank, Zlocki Body Works, Subway (Walmart and Frackville), Susquehanna Bank, West End Automotive, Alexander Toyota, Academy Sports and Giorgini Construction.

Silver medal sponsors are Automotive Toy Store, Fuel On, Archie's Shore Store, B&B Oil, Rock-N-Block, Fox Coal, Steve Slaton CPA and Attorney.

Bronze medal sponsors are Attorney Ed Greco, J&S Landscaping, The Difference by Colleen, Hollywood Pizza, Scicchitano Ace Hardware, Wanzie Distributor, Sue Helper Beauty Salon and DMP Maintenance.

Again, the news media did an outstanding job giving us the exposure and publicity to make our venture a success. Members of the Kulpmont Cruise Association express their appreciation to everybody involved.

Also, it takes a lot of work to return these antique vehicles to workable condition. For example, my 1931 Ford Deluxe Roadster that I drove in the cruise took a week to dry out and put back together. Vehicles made in the 1920s, '30s and early '40s have a lot of wood in the doors, frames, roofs and floors. If you don't take out the cloth mats, seats and anything that absorbs water, the wood will warp and crack.

When we compare the rain on our cruise to the floods in Oklahoma, the tornadoes in other parts of the country and the fires in Phoenix, Ariz., we are very lucky.

We are planning our 12th cruise for Sunday, June 22. Our only regret for our 11th was that people in the area who support our efforts were not entertained like we wanted to entertain them. Continue your support and, weather permitting, we will double that entertainment next year.

We have already contacted the Mahoney Brothers for April 12 at the Mount Carmel Area High School auditorium. We are planning an antique car show with a disc jockey to greet people outside the school before the concert. Please make plans to support us.

Thank you,

Joe Cesari

President Kulpmont Cruise Association