Resched­uled Kulp­mont cruise set for Satur­day

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The Great Kulp­mont Cruise this Satur­day will cel­e­brate “the gift of life” with its unique choice of grand mar­shals.

Kim­berly Cooper, Pax­i­nos, do­nated a kid­ney last year to Betty Jo Derk, Elys­burg, and their story of com­pas­sion will be high­lighted through their spe­cial dis­tinc­tion at the cruise.

Joe Ce­sari, cruise or­ga­nizer, said he couldn’t think of a bet­ter way to cel­e­brate “the gift of life.”

“It is a heart­warm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that we will share with our cruis­ers and peo­ple who will show up to view our 16th cruise,” he said.

Ve­hi­cles on dis­play

The cruise was post­poned in June be­cause of heavy rain. For the first time, it will roll off on a Satur­day at 2 p.m. from Holy An­gels Ro­man Catholic Church grounds and down the length of Chest­nut Street in the bor­ough. Regis­tra­tion be­gins at 9 a.m. and mem­bers of Holy An­gels will be­gin op­er­a­tion of a con­ces­sion stand at 8:30 a.m. with break­fast items and then pop­u­lar eth­nic foods and re­fresh­ments through­out the day. A DJ will

en­ter­tain with 1950s and ’60s hits.

There is a cov­ered pav­il­ion, plenty of pic­nic ta­bles and mod­ern re­strooms.

Ce­sari said the early regis­tra­tion will al­low peo­ple to view the an­tique and clas­sic ve­hi­cles with their hoods up and doors open prior to the cruise.

Cooper and Derk will also be present to talk about their story, which is made more spe­cial by the fact that Cooper her­self had suf­fered with health prob­lems as a cancer sur­vivor and from celiac dis­ease. Still, she de­cided to be tested as a kid­ney trans­plant match af­ter learn­ing that Derk’s daugh­ter wasn’t com­pat­i­ble, and she was cleared to be a donor. The trans­plant took place on Sept. 28 at Geisinger Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Danville.

Regis­tra­tion de­tails

Ad­vance regis­tra­tion is $13 and $15 the day of the cruise. Ve­hi­cles will be judged from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

No burnouts will be per­mit­ted.

Call for mo­tor­cy­cles, pick­ups

Ce­sari en­cour­ages own­ers of mo­tor­cy­cles and pickup trucks to be part of the cruise and have their ve­hi­cles judged at Holy An­gels.

Also, mo­tor­cy­clists are asked to meet at 1 p.m. at China King res­tau­rant at the east end of the bor­ough along Chest­nut Street. At 1:15 p.m., they will travel the cruise route down Chest­nut Street. There is no regis­tra­tion fee for mo­tor­cy­cles.

“We are hop­ing the big­gest, the bad­dest, the loud­est two- or three-wheel­ers will par­tic­i­pate in this dis­play,” Ce­sari said.

Of­fi­cial cruise T-shirts can be pur­chased at the Sunoco sta­tion at Chest­nut (Route 61) and Sixth streets.

Call Ce­sari at 570-373-3561 to reg­is­ter or for more in­for­ma­tion.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Great Kulp­mont Cruise or­ga­nizer Joe Ce­sari, left, poses with grand mar­shals Betty Jo Derk, cen­ter, and Kim­berly Cooper. Cooper do­nated a kid­ney to Derk last year.

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