Third Annual Car Show for Cancer

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by Amanda Bloom

Three years after the first annual “Karing for Kelly” benefit, five-year-old Kelly Galarza is sitting at the counter of Nico’s Pizza and Pasta, enjoying a bowl of ice cream with her father, Luis.  George Korres, the owner of Nico’s, first put the benefit together in 2009 to help Kelly and her family with their medical bills – at just over one year old, Kelly had been diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a rare brain cancer.

Now Kelly is fully recovered, and the third annual Karing for Kelly is just around the corner, Sunday, October 2 from 12 to 4pm.  This year’s beneficiary is Kendall Schmidt, a 17-year-old from New Fairfield suffering from stage three non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

by Amanda Bloom

 


 

Three years after the first annual “KarinCar show at the 2nd annual Karing for Kelly.  Photo by Krissy Lombardo.g for Kelly” benefit, five-year-old Kelly Galarza is sitting at the counter of Nico’s Pizza and Pasta, enjoying a bowl of ice cream with her father, Luis.  George Korres, the owner of Nico’s, first put the benefit together in 2009 to help Kelly and her family with their medical bills – at just over one year old, Kelly had been diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a rare brain cancer.

Now Kelly is fully recovered, and the third annual Karing for Kelly is just around the corner, Sunday, October 2 from 12 to 4pm.  This year’s beneficiary is Kendall Schmidt, a 17-year-old from New Fairfield suffering from stage three non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The third annual Karing for Kelly may be the biggest yet.  70 classic cars are set to line Danbury’s Main Street and Palace Walk thanks to Ultimate Restoration LLC, Nico’s will be cooking up a storm of favorite Italian dishes for the all-you-can-eat buffet, and Mega Watt Entertainment will fill the air with today’s hottest music.

It all takes place in downtown Danbury’s historic Palace Theatre, who is sponsoring the event along with Nico’s, South Street Nejame & Son’s, Cartech LLC and Ultimate Restoration.  Tons of local businesses have donated to Karing for Kelly’s impressive raffle, which includes an Apple iPad, 4 Jets tickets, a digital camera, a barbecue grill and a one-year membership to SNAP Fitness.

Tickets to Karing for Kelly are $20 for adults and $10 for kids.  100% of the events proceeds will go to Kendall Schmidt and his family.

Schmidt fell ill during his senior year of high school, and though he has undergone biopsies, blood transfusions and chemotherapy, he retains a positive attitude.  He stated that cancer has given him “patience, understanding and a sense of humor”.

The Palace Theatre is located at 165 Main Street in Danbury.  Parking is available for free on Main Street on Sundays, and there is additional parking available in the Keeler Street parking lot behind The Palace.

Those unable to attend Karing for Kelly can send donations to Union Savings Bank, c/o Karing for Kelly, 225 Main Street, Danbury, Connecticut, 06810.  For more information call George Korres of Nico’s at (203)792-6236 or (203)526-8429.

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